Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/protestors-gear-up-for-national-dog-day
The Companion Animal Protection Society has been demonstrating outside the puppy store in recent months; the group was recently sent a cease and desist order from the shop owner, Scott Kaphan's, attorney but so far, Barbara Dennihy said they group has not heard anything further about the demand.
"CAPS has been holding educational demonstrations every weekend at local pet shops to educate consumers on the connection between puppy mills/puppy brokers and retail pet stores," Dennihy said. "Over three million puppies are produced in puppy mills across the United States every year for distribution to retail puppy stores, while in shelters across America over three million companion animals a year are euthanized, for no other reason except lack of space. What is wrong with this picture?" she asked.
What: Protest and Outreach Event
Where: The Puppy Experience, 487 New York State Route 25, Aquebogue, NY
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 - 4pm (ongoing)
Why: To educate consumers about the pet shop/puppy mill connection and to encourage the public to adopt from rescues and shelters How: Through education, outreach and law-abiding protests
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Publication name: NorthFork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/attorneys-for-puppy-experience-ask-protestors-to-cease-and-desist
Tensions are escalating between a group of protestors who rally outside The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue and the owner of the business.
For weeks, protestors have been demonstrating outside The Puppy Experience on Route 25 in Aquebogue, carrying signs stating that many pet stores purchase dogs from puppy mills; the most recent protest was this weekend.
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/protestors-flock-to-the-puppy-experience
Waving signs that read "Puppy Mills Breed Cruelty," "Adopt From A Shelter," and "Prisoners of Greed," animal advocates protested outside The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue both Saturday and Sunday in an effort to raise awareness about puppy mills.
The Puppy ExperienceCAPS Day of Demonstration for Puppy Mill Education on June 23, 2012, in which CAPS held three simulataneous protests against pet shops on Long Island, kicked off an ongoing campaign urging The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue on Long Island to go humane.
The Puppy Experience purchased puppies from Kathy Bauck, even after she was convicted of animal cruelty based on evidence from a CAPS undercover employment investigation. Bauck was one of the largest and most notorious dog brokers and breeders in the country. The Puppy Experience currently buys from Missouri-based The Hunte Corporation, the largest brokerage facility in the country. A CAPS investigator worked undercover at Hunte for six months and investigated some of their breeders (links to both documentaries). The Puppy Experience has also purchased puppies from JAKS Puppies (Jolyn Noethe) in Britt, Iowa, which also sells to Happiness is Pets. Check out the USDA photos for Wendie and Doug Dettbarn in Iowa, who sell to JAKS.
The owner of the store, Scott Kaphan, has increasingly become hostile towards CAPS going as far as calling the police on protestors and threatening legal action for slander. He has given no indication that the store will go humane any time soon, despite admitting the deplorable nature of large puppy farms. By purchasing dogs from large scale breeding facilities, Mr. Kaphan is supporting the puppy mill cycle and part of the problem. CAPS will continue to hold regular protests at their one location until they decide to go humane.
Images from the November 25 Protest: