What: CAPS will kick-off the first in a series of protests against Puppy Town in Sarasota to draw awareness to the connection between pet shops and puppy mills. Almost all pet shops obtain dogs from puppy mills.
When: Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm ET
Where: Puppy Town 4045 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231
Why: Puppy Town sells dogs from puppy mills - commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for resale through pet shops and brokers. USDA licensed facilities are puppy mills.
Some of the complaints describe in detail instances of gross neglect, inadequate veterinary care, lack of basic cleanliness, and in some instances animal abuse. A long list of customers complain of sickly dogs who had chronic illnesses that were contracted before purchase. It is important for the public to know the risk of buying a puppy mill dog and the cruel system they'll be sponsoring if they buy a puppy in Puppy Town.
How: CAPS wants to alert consumers to the problems associated with purchasing puppies from pet shops. At these peaceful protests, CAPS will distribute fact sheets on pet shops and where to adopt in the Sarasota area and CAPS brochures. CAPS protestors along with concerned, local residents want Puppy Town to convert to a humane business model that dogs from local shelters, especially kill facilities, rather than from puppy mills.