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Monday, 13 June 2011 20:00

Stray Cat Strut: Woman Beats IRS

Publication/Event date: 2011-06-11

Publication name: The Wall Street Journal

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When Jan Van Dusen appeared before a U.S. Tax Court judge and a team of Internal Revenue Service lawyers more than a year ago, there was more at stake than her tax deduction for taking care of 70 stray cats.

Hanging in the balance were millions of dollars in annual tax deductions by animal-rescue volunteers across the nation—and some needed clarity on the treatment of volunteers' unreimbursed expenses for 1.55 million other IRS-recognized charities.

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Publication/Event date: 2011-06-16

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Back in the dark of ages of Pennsylvania dog law (circa 2002), long before Oprah Winfrey catapulted the state and its infamous "puppy mills" onto the world's stage, a small band of women set out to find out why so many breeding dogs were suffering in filthy kennels.

They quietly but persistently sent email requests for documents and questioned why inspection reports noted repeated violations yet so little had been done to hold the breeders accountable.

They asked then-gubernatorial candidate Ed Rendell if he would do something to help. He promised he would "immediately redress the problem" if elected.
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Monday, 27 June 2011 20:00

Puppy mill sales ban in the works

CAPS President Deborah Howard spoke at the hearing for this ordinance. CAPS is working with Legislator Jon Cooper to help draft the ordinance.

Publication/Event date: 2011-06-22

Publication name: Times Beacon Record

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Legislation introduced by Majority Leader Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Neck) would ban the retail sale of puppies from puppy mills, thus compelling pet stores in Suffolk to sell only dogs that come from animal shelters, rescue organizations or responsible, county-based breeders that can show the puppies' mother is on the premises.

Violators would be fined $500 or $1,000 per puppy, according to a draft of the legislation.

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Publication/Event date: 2011-07-06

Publication name: Corona Del Mar Today

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A national animal rights group has launched an investigation into the newly opened I Heart Puppies shop in Corona del Mar.

The store, which opened Friday, may have puppies for sale that come from “an egregious violator of the Animal Welfare Act,” said Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society. She declined to say how she obtained her evidence, but she said it includes undercover video footage of the breeder’s facility and “is not hearsay.”

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Corona Del Mar Parch: Animal Rights Group Investigates I Heart Puppies Store in Corona del Mar
Fwded e-mail from Nicole Bruck:

A bill that effectively stops rescue groups from holding adoption events and bringing dogs into Connecticut from other states will become law on July 15th unless we persuade Governor Malloy to veto it.
We need your help to stop Substitute House Bill 5368 from becoming law.
The bill is designed to enable breeders and pet stores to sell more puppies by getting the humane groups out of the picture.
It requires humane groups to bring their dogs to a Connecticut vet within 48 hours of arriving in the state to obtain a health certificate. The dogs then have to see the vet every 90 days and within 15 days before adoption.
Breeders do not have to take their dogs to the vet at all. In fact, all dogs from humane groups are already spayed/neutered, have completed vet checks, and have received health certificates before crossing state lines, so the additional vet visits are completely unnecessary.
The new health certificates will cost about $200 for each dog. So to get 20 dogs health certificates in the first 48 hours would be $4,000. This is not affordable for rescues.
In order to hold an adoption event, the humane groups will have to notify the DOA and the municipal zoning office at least 10 days in advance, after having registered and paid fees to the DOA.
Breeders are not forced to register with the DOA or to notify the DOA and local zoning official before they start selling their puppies.
A local politician has advised us that the only way to stop this bill is to have Governor Malloy veto it. And Malloy will only veto the bill if he receives a deluge of e-mails and phone calls.
We have until July 14 to convince the Governor to veto the bill. Time is running out.

Please call and e-mail TODAY:
Governor Malloy's office number is:  (860) 566-4840
You can also send Governor Malloy an email:
Please tell the Governor that:
The law needs to apply to all dogs or to no dogs. As written, it discriminates against humane groups, while allowing breeders and pet stores to sell dogs that are neither spayed/neutered nor vaccinated.
It will prevent people from adopting rescue dogs, so they will turn to breeders and pet stores instead. Since these dogs are unaltered, this will lead to an increase in dog bites (97 percent of dog bites are by unaltered canines, according to the National Canine  Research Council).
Unaltered dogs lead to an increase in pet overpopulation, which has financial implications for cities.
For more info about House Bill 5368, click here.
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-15
Publication name: WEWS 5 ABC
Consumers should pursue due diligence to protect animal welfare - and their pocketbooks.
Mark Stettner had no idea how Thanksgiving Day 2008 would change his life. His daughter, then a college sophomore, returned to their Allentown, Pa., home with the news that she had a dog - and it wasn't permitted in her campus housing. "That's when I inherited Max - and the problems," says Stettner, an Angie's List member.
Stettner's daughter bought Max, who was advertised as a purebred toy poodle, for $1,347 from an online pet broker called "Thanksgiving weekend he had some stomach problems, and was initially diagnosed with colitis," Stettner says. "But Max didn't get really sick until the following July."
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-18
Publication name: Corona del Mar Today
An animal rights group has sent a letter to the owners of I Heart Puppies, asking them to stop buying dogs that come from an alleged puppy mill by Friday.
Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society, said if the shop owners don’t respond, she will give a “green light” to protesters who have expressed interest in picketing the store.
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-19
Publication name: Corona del Mar Patch
I Heart Puppies in Corona del Mar has been in hot water this month with many animal lovers and on Tuesday was required by the city to temporarily close its doors.
Problems for the pet store began on July 5, just a few days after it opened, when the Companion Animal Protection Society—a national nonprofit, investigative group—launched a probe into the store after receiving numerous complaints from residents. Carole Davis, the organizations's West Coast director, said the investigation has led to information that showed I Heart Puppies did not have proper permits to have a pet store with live animals and resulted in the store's temporary closure.
Forwarded message from Melissa Klovak:

Dear Friends,
Please I strongly urge you to join us in a Nationwide Day of Protest Against Animal Kill Pounds inspired by New York Animal Rights Alliance America activists Kay Riviello 845 856 7366 and Jo-Lynn Estrada 973 930 3026 on , at the Brooklyn ACC and every kill pound near you.
WEAR RED, CARRY A SIGN saying "Stop the Killing of Cats and Dogs" and take a picture or video and send to: for the permanent record of the first national protest against kill pounds.
We all have our differences, but we have come together for the sole  purpose to save the lives of all animals. We all know too well the condition of our cities Animal Shelters; some are under funded, and then in our larger cities some are not. They are financial havens for lavish salaries, huge marketing campaigns that generate millions in funds that never make it to those that need it most: house pets, strays, the sick, the old and the young, all abandoned, neglected, or just no longer wanted, dumped in a shelter waiting to die. They have no voice or control over their lives, but we do. We can create change and there is strength in numbers.
Jada, a 10 year old dog found dead in her cage the morning she was to be RESCUED!! Apparently she bled to death overnight at the Brooklyn Animal Care and Control facility. This is just one of the many tragic stories associated with our countries shelter system.  I say make this one the last one by standing up and demanding change. The time is now!
Let's  make July 23rd our day to be heard as a nation and a movement of compassionate human beings.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Where: Your local high kill shelter/pound
Time: 1:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

***Wear Red to show your support and our solidarity in achieving Animal Pound  Reform***

Bring Signs, Banners, Photos of your beloved shelter pet.
Print Flyers and distribute in your neighborhood (I can help create printable versions for you)
I relish the day my facebook newsfeed no longer fills up with the faces of abandoned, neglected and abused animals and I know you do to. Let's stand together on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 and make history!
Kind Regards,
Melissa Slovak
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:00

Celebrating Your Victory for Animals

Fwd from CPRPets:

Logan's Law

"Because You Care, Other Dogs and Cats
Won't Suffer the Way I Did."
Logan's breeder had him devocalized and then abandoned him. He gagged and coughed, rasped and wheezed as a result of this cruel convenience surgery... until the day he died.
Commemorating the 1-Year Anniversary of Logan's Law
On July 21, 2010, Logan’s Law took effect in Massachusetts, prohibiting devocalization of dogs and cats--an inhumane convenience surgery in which vocal cords are cut solely to stifle or remove the voice. Animals face serious risks, some life-threatening, without benefit: Devocalized dogs and cats are given up just like any other, such as when they're not useful for breeding or exhibition.
This landmark humane law has inspired similar legislation, including a pending federal bill that would award cruelty prevention grants to states banning devocalization.
You Made It Happen Without Donating
or Asking Others for a Dime.
It's nothing short of amazing: You and other caring people passed a significant humane law without money, lobbyists or even a formal organization. Under the auspices of Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, the unfunded grassroots network that sponsored Logan's Law, you achieved this victory simply by using your voice to protect those of innocent animals.
You called and visited lawmakers, printed and handed out flyers, posted and forwarded our eAlerts, created and appeared in videos and on TV.
The result? Beacon Hill heard you above the din of lobbyists for the powerful dog breeding and state veterinary associations, which worked feverishly against this humane legislation. Breeders devocalize when they or neighbors don't want to hear their many animals. Vets perform it, sometimes devocalizing entire litters.
You proved it doesn’t take money to pass laws. It takes activism. Not online petitions, not canned emails prepared by organizations asking for your money--just old-fashioned advocacy.
We hope you'll continue to join with Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets to speak out for those who can't...and that when you do make a charitable donation for animals, you'll give it to the volunteer-fueled shelter or rescue group in your city or town.
How Can You Help Ensure Logan's Law is Enforced?
By reading and circulating the attached fact sheet, which summarizes the law's key provisions--and how to act on them--you can give dogs and cats an added layer of protection from surgical stifling they don't need and are helpless to refuse.
Why Are Devocalization Bans Important? Count the Ways!
1. These laws protect dogs and cats from a risky, painful procedure performed solely for human benefit. (Yes, it's documented: Cats are devocalized too.)
2. Devocalization bans also send a strong message that animals are sentient beings, not toys or trophies we may cut to meet our expectations.
3. Devocalization bans help put the brakes on backyard breeding; surgically stifling animals enables breeders to skirt municipal nuisance ordinances so they can run their operations in residential neighborhoods. Some breeders devocalize because they or family members don't want to hear the animals they breed and sell. How selfish is that?
Watch and Learn
Logan's Law was sponsored by
Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, an unfunded, all-volunteer network of people who care about animals.
It was endorsed by
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
New England Federation of Humane Societies
More than 200 veterinarians statewide
the following humane organizations:
Animal Umbrella, Revere
Baypath Humane Society, Hopkinton
Berkshire Humane Society, Pittsfield
Billerica Cat Care Coalition, Billerica
Boston Dog Rescue, Boston
Buddy Dog Humane Society, Sudbury
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Springfield
Dog Orphans, Douglas
Forever Paws Animal Shelter, Fall River
Friends of the Plymouth Pound, Plymouth
Ipswich Humane Group, Ipswich
Kitty Connection, Medford
Marblehead Animal Shelter, Marblehead
MassPAWS, Winthrop
Melrose Humane Society, Melrose
MetroWest Humane Society, Ashland
MSPCA, Boston
New England Animal Rescue, Middleboro
New England Society for Abandoned Animals, Osterville
Norfolk County Humane Society, Canton
Northeast Animal Shelter, Salem
Poodle Rescue of New England, Somerville
Save A Dog, Sudbury
South Shore Humane Society, Braintree
Standish Humane Society, Duxbury
Sterling Animal Shelter, Sterling
Tiny Tigers Feline Rescue, Groton
Underdog ResQ, Boston
Worcester Animal Rescue League, Worcester
Consulting Experts
Dr. Joel M. Woolfson, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Nicholas Dodman, DVA, DACVB, Director, Animal Behavior Clinic,
Tufts-Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Barbara Hodges, DVM, MBA, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assn.

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