A lot has happened since “Puppy Doe” was dumped near a playground in Quincy, MA last summer.
Read the following article about House Bill 4244 (a bill that would raise the penalties, fines, and imprisonment for those who abuse animals) and CAPS' work with Massachusetts State Representative Bruce Ayers and other animal welfare groups drafting a bill that would ban the sale of puppy mill animals in MA pet shops.

Publication/Event date: 2014-07-10
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/07/10/quincy-legislator-activists-raise-stakes-against-animal-abuse/goiZWP7xLr2c2nmWzAt8XK/story.html
Summary:
State Representative Bruce Ayers grew up in Quincy with a black Labrador named Smokey. A dog lover, Ayers was appalled, along with the rest of us, over “Puppy Doe,” the female pit bull dumped in bushes near a playground in Quincy last summer. Puppy Doe had been starved, stabbed, beaten, and left for dead.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-06-20
Publication name: Cindy Lu’s Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2014/06/which-part-of-pet-stores-sell-puppy.html#.U6YYhI1dUtB
Summary:
Ever feel like a broken record? Ever have the sensation of deja vu? How about preaching to the choir?? Sigh. There's been so much news I wanted to write about lately, matters that are near and dear to our hearts, but it was all about pet stores, puppy mills, and whether to restrict or outlaw the sale of such dogs. And it's always the same. It's so frustrating!! Hence my question: Which part of "Pet stores sell puppy mill dogs" don't you get???!

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:06

Suffolk County Signs "Puppy Mill Bill"

unnamedToday, Suffolk County became the first in New York State to sign a ‘puppy mill’ law. Even though it won’t be an outright ban, it will implement stricter rules for pet dealers and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills. The ‘Puppy Mill Bill’ also brings transparency to the pet dealer business by requiring pet shops to provide the latest USDA inspection reports upon request. After the bill was signed, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone presented the pen used to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy in recognition of her hard work.
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Erin Dale from Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local wrote an amazing article about CAPS' "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" ads in MBTA trains and stations. Click on the link to learn more about CAPS' important work and how our socially conscious campaign came to fruition.

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local
URL for more info: http://cohasset.wickedlocal.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140616986/?Start=1
Summary:
If you ride the commuter rail from the Greenbush station to Boston, you might have noticed an advertisement with an eye-catching combination – models and puppies.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Global Post
URL for more info: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/140612/teacup-puppies-breeding-mills-abuse
Summary:
For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:23

Suffolk passes law aimed at 'puppy mills'

The Companion Animal Protection Society worked tirelessly with NY legislators and other organizations to make this bill happen. The "Puppy Mill Bill" allows local municipalities to regulate pet shops.
Special thanks to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy for working so hard to get this bill passed!

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-03
Publication name: Newsday
URL for more info: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/suffolk-passes-law-aimed-at-puppy-mills-1.8325058
Summary:
The law will ban pet stores from selling dogs from "puppy mills" and cat breeders where inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found serious or repeated minor violations.
Serious violations include unsanitary conditions and undersized cages, said Barbara Dennihy, New York director of Companion Animal Protection Society.
"The conditions of the puppy mills are horrific," Dennihy said. "They view these dogs as property."

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:11

Suffolk OKs Bill Targeting Puppy Mills

The Companion Animal Protection Society worked tirelessly with NY legislators and other organizations to make this bill happen. The "Puppy Mill Bill" allows local municipalities to regulate pet shops.

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-04
Publication name: Long Island Press
URL for more info: http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/06/04/suffolk-oks-bill-targeting-puppy-mills/
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society, one of several animal advocacy groups that expressed support for the bill, credited Suffolk lawmakers with being the first in New York State to take advantage of a state law passed in January that allows local governments to more strictly regulate pet dealers.

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Suffolk County Legislature approved an amendment that will require more disclosure from pet stores and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills.

Hauppauge, N.Y., June 3, 2014 – Suffolk County became the first in New York State to take advantage of the recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers. Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. spearheaded the changes to local law and drafted the bill with the assistance of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and local store owners. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee had already unanimously approved the bill on May 28 and enjoyed widespread support from the community. The most important provision in Introductory Resolution 1047-14 prohibits pet shops from purchasing animals from questionable breeders with violations on their most recent USDA report.

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:01

Happiness Is Pets - Don't Buy The Lie

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-03
Publication name: Happiness Is Pets Sells Dogs From Puppy Mills
URL for more info: http://happinessispetslies.blogspot.com/2014/06/happiness-is-pets-dont-buy-lie.html
Summary:
Happiness Is Pets is a pet store in Illinois that sells dogs from puppy mills. They have a new website and facebook page with pictures of the puppy mills they use. Don't they look great? I just love the one picture of the dogs frolicking in the field of flowers! So pretty and cute!

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Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. will hold a press conference on June 3, 2014 to discuss proposed changes to a local law regulating pet shops and pet dealers. They will be meeting with members of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and pet store owners to show support for the amendment before it reaches the floor for a final vote on Tuesday. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee already unanimously approved the bill on May 28. The bill will be the first of its kind in New York State, following a recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers.
The most important provision in Introductory Resolution 1047-14 prohibits pet shops from purchasing animals from questionable breeders with violations on their most recent USDA report.

When: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Where: Suffolk County Legislature; William H. Rodgers Building; 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge 11788
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