What: Peaceful Anti-Puppy Mill Protest of Citipups
Where: Citipups – 147 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10011
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013; from 6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST
Why: Citipups purchases dogs from known puppy mills in the Midwest. These inhumane breeders have hundreds of dogs crammed into small cages. In some cases, dogs come from trash-filled facilities that fail to pass minimum USDA requirements for sanitation. There are reported cases of dogs with preventable diseases like kennel cough, parasites, Giardia, Coccidia, Bilateral Cryptorchidism, ulcers, Demodectic Mange, and multiple infections. Lack of adequate veterinary care is rampant in most of the Citipups suppliers. Selling dogs from these mass breeders exposes consumers to sickly dogs that can cause significant financial and emotional strain. The practice is tantamount to consumer fraud.
How: CAPS President Deborah Howard will attend the protest on Wednesday at the Chelsea location of Citipups after appearing in several national and local media outlets. All week long, she will be promoting CAPS' new national advertising campaign, Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills, and working with local CAPS volunteers on the protest. During the protest, CAPS will hand out fliers and brochures to potential pet buyers. Part of our protest will include signs and talks about the cruelty of puppy mills and the pet shops that support them.
Publication name: The Hull Times
URL for more info: http://hulltimes.ma.newsmemory.com/ (page 1 and 11)
When Deborah Howard walked into a pet shop in Atlanta in 1989, she didn’t know that it would change her life forever. Appalled at the conditions of the animals, Howard wondered where they came from and why they appeared ill and uncared for.
Publication name: Komo News
URL for more info: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Loophole-lets-accused-puppy-mill-operator-sell-dogs-online-192901401.html
SEATTLE -- A controversial commercial dog breeder who has been repeatedly fined, had her license suspended, and served jail time near Seattle for animal-related violations continues to sell dogs over the Internet because of a loophole in federal regulations, a KOMO News Problem Solvers investigation has found.
Companion Animal Protection Society protests pet shop in Lisle, Illinois for selling puppy mill dogs.
LISLE, IL, February 2, 2013 – Local pet shop Puppy Parlor advertises on their website huge store-wide sales but they exclude puppies. They find other ways to entice buyers with already low prices on dogs. The problem: selling pets from puppy mills might be a cost cutting move, but it comes with a high collateral price.
Publication name: The Herald-News
URL for more info: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/17708922-423/homes-for-the-homeless.html
When Greg Gordon, owner of Dog Patch Pet and Feed in Naperville, transitioned from acquiring dogs from small, private breeders to offering only rescue dogs, he worried the public might think his previous acquisitions were shady and that they’d dislike the change.
Neither was true.
Publication name: Tails
URL for more info: http://www.tailsinc.com/2013/01/live-life-humane-protest-at-happiness-is-pets/
Recently, my organization Live Life Humane had its first event. Partnering with the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), we held a peaceful puppy mill protest. CAPS has been doing these protests for years, some of which resulted in pet stores transitioning to a humane business model.
The main store that CAPS targets in the Chicago area is Happiness is Pets (or Happiness is NOT Pets, as we call it). This chain has been selling puppy mill dogs for more than 25 years, and CAPS has received numerous complaints from customers who purchased puppies there. At the end of 2011, this chain of five stores was selling puppies with distemper, a highly contagious but preventable virus. CAPS holds regular protests at the Lombard and Orland Park locations, and is currently assisting a Chicago law firm with a lawsuit against Happiness is Pets on behalf of customers who purchased sick and dying puppies.
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/announcements/peaceful-protest-at-puppy-parlor
Wow! Look at all these dedicated people spreading the word about where the puppies at puppy parlor come from, puppy mills. Not only do they use JAK'S puppies, Oleo Acres and, Conrad Kennels, in my opinion they are breeding dogs in the back room. According to the Illinois Department Of Agriculture reports we have, there are 40 - 60 adult dogs in the back room, 2 to a cage. Once again, I ask, where do these dogs go to the bathroom? When are they taken for a walk? When do they get vet care? When are they socialized? If you go to petabuse.com and search for Oleo Acres, you'll find a report stating that 2 men from Iowa delivering the dogs from Oleo Acres in Iowa were convicted of animal cruelty in Chicago in 2012. The police found the dogs stacked in cages, covered in urine and feces. Please visit www.caps-web.org and see the undercover investigation on Van Wyck, Prairie Lane Kennels, another mill this place uses. And to those two little creepy men walking around harassing us all day? We'll be back just to see you.
Publication name: Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
URL for more info: http://www.maal.org/los-angeles-says-no-to-missouri-puppy-mills/
The Los Angeles City Council voted NO to puppy mill cruelty. It did so by passing an ordinance prohibiting the sale of dogs in pet stores in the City of Los Angeles. The only exceptions are for dogs obtained from a municipal animal shelter, non-profit rescue, or humane organization. The ban also prohibits the sale of cats and rabbits in pet stores.
This is a commendable effort to halt the cruelty of puppy mills and it will have a direct impact here in Missouri. The City Council recognized that many pet stores in Los Angeles were nothing other than puppy mill outlet stores. The Council realized that if citizens of Los Angeles continued to purchase puppies that originated from Missouri, the cruelty of puppy mills would continue unabated. The Council acknowledged that the ultimate solution to puppy mill cruelty rests at the retail end of the business.
For Immediate Release
Barkworks Pet Store Folds Under Pressure From Anti- Pet Shop/Puppy Mill Nonprofit
Following a protracted anti-puppy mill campaign by The Companion Animal Protection Society, the Barkworks pet store in Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion will be closing.
LOS ANGELES – The Westside Pavilion location of Barkworks, the largest pet shop chain in the Los Angeles area, is closing for good on Monday. Barkworks has been the target of investigations and campaign outreach by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), a national nonprofit whose primary focus is the pet shop and puppy mill industry.