Cloyce and Carol Heddins, owners of "Maggic Pets," operated a kennel so squalid that Dillon Steen, a former employee of Maggic Pets , says "I’ll never get those images out of my head of everything I saw out there." Steen describes Maggic Pets in decidedly unmagic terms: "If you went and voiced anything about concerns about eye colds or this one's limping it didn't matter as long as that dog could still breed that's all that mattered [. . .] Puppies would go to start dying and rather than them being taken to the vet they'd be thrown in an empty dog food bag and thrown in the back of a truck and just let lay there until they died."
A citizen activist who witnessed these abuses took the case to the Humane Society, who called the Heddins' puppy mill one of the worst cases they had ever seen in North Texas.
On July 17th, a Montague county judge ruled against the Heddins and ordered that their nearly 500 dogs be given into the care of the Humane Society of North Texas. The testimonies of veteranarians, investigators from the Humane Society, and of Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham all contributed to the judge's decision, who did not find the Heddins' argument that evidence obtained from a search warrant was invalid convincing. Moreover, the Heddins were ordered to pay $40,000 to HSNT for the treatment and care of the dogs, though many were ill enough that the sum is not likely to be enough to cover costs. Prosecutors in the case have requested that the dogs remain in the care of HSNT while they pursue criminal charges.
Pet Fashion Protest VideoPublication date: 2009-12-08
Publication name: CAPS
Headline: Pet Fashion Protest Video
Summary: Video of the protest at Pet Fashion in New York City.
On November 28, 2009 CAPS organized a demonstration outside of Pet Fashion in New York City to protest its sale of dogs from puppy mill breeders like Kathy Bauck. Click here to view the video.
Puppy Mills: Pet Stores' Big Secretby Seth Fiegerman
Publication name: Main Street
URL for more info: http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/don-t-buy-doggie-window
Summary: The real question families should ask this holiday season isn’t how much that doggie in the window costs, but rather what terrible ordeals did that dog go through before arriving there? ...
Companion Animal Protection Society Plans Peaceful Holiday Protest of Happiness is Pets in LombardPet Shop Chain has Six Locations in the Chicago Area
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), www.caps-web.org
CAPS is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills.
CAPS President Deborah, who has been interviewed on Animal Planet, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX, is available for phone interviews. CAPS has done several stories with CBS 2 Chicago, including coverage of the Kathy Bauck investigation and criminal case. Bauck, who was one of the largest dog brokers and breeders in the country, was convicted of animal cruelty in March 2009 based on evidence from a six-week undercover employment investigation by CAPS. USDA issued a Decision and Order on December 2 that terminates Bauck’s license. Bauck sold to pet shops in the Chicago area.
WHAT: CAPS is protesting Happiness is Pets, which has six locations in the Chicago area, to draw awareness to the connection between pet shops and puppy mills. Almost all pet shops obtain dogs from puppy mills. Informing the public about the dangers of purchasing pet shop dogs is more important now than ever as people consider purchasing companion animals for gifts this holiday season.
WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 1-3 pm CST
WHERE: Happiness is Pets, 616 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL 60148
WHY: Happiness is Pets 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.
Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.
West Hollywood City Council to Vote on Ordinance Banning Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet ShopsEvent date: 2010-02-01
Publication name: CAPS
URL for more info: see the list of Youtube videos
Following a CAPS undercover investigation into West Hollywood pet stores and a five and a half month protest of Elite Animals, West Hollywood City Council will be voting on an ordinance that will prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops, with an exemption for the adoptions of shelter and rescue animals.
This is a very important vote concerning animals in pet factories and this ordinance, if it passes, will have a wide-ranging effect. We would like all the activists who participated in our anti-puppy mill campaign to join us at the council hearing in support of this ordinance. If you are a leader of a group (rescue, animal rights/welfare, etc) or expert in the dog/cat field (vet, shelter director, SPCA Director, rescuer, trainer, etc.) or if you are a resident of the City of West Hollywood or a celebrity, we urge you to attend and speak. Even if you cannot make the meeting next Monday, you can write a letter of support from your organization.
The meeting will be at 6:30pm, on Monday Feb.1st, at 647 N. San Vicente in West Hollywood, just across the street from the Pacific Design Center.
We are on the verge of a major celebration. Come ready to cheer. This might just turn into a party.
View footage and news stories about the CAPS protest at Elite Animals, which obtained dogs from USDA licensed dog brokers Gerry and Angie Wensmann, who run a puppy mill in Minnesota that CAPS has investigated twice. CAPS protested Elite Animals for nearly six months. The store no longer sells animals although the owner told us that she might buy from California-based breeders (Southern California has a number of unlicensed puppy mills).
On behalf of animals suffering in pet shops and mills and for those who die in shelters every day because people continue to buy puppies and kittens rather than adopting from shelters and rescue organizations, we thank you.
Deborah Howard, President, Companion Animal Protection Society
Carole Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society
Carole Sax, Campaign Coordinator, Companion Animal Protection Society
CAPS Communication to the USDA and APHISTo:
Dr. Chester A. Gipson
Deputy Administrator- Animal Care
United States Department of Agriculture
...Dr. Gerald Rushin
Veterinary Medical Officer
United States Department of Agriculture
Ed Green and Dave Ross
Crowell & Moring LLP
On behalf of the Companion Animal Protection Society ("CAPS") and Ms. Howard, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate USDA and APHIS for planning to provide more accessible Animal Welfare Act enforcement information to the public on a regular and systematic basis. CAPS welcomes the increased transparency and enhanced enforcement effort described during the May 20, 2010 Animal Care Stakeholder Update meeting and in Administrator Smith's April 29, 2010 press release (enclosed). Quite frankly, these developments are long overdue...
Letter to APHIS (PDF)
Inspection Requirements (April 19, 2010) (PDF)
Inspection Requirments Attachments (Checklist for Animal Care Inspection Report) (PDF)
USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Care Program Inspections of Problematic Dealers
Related News:Article: USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills
By: Mary Clare Jalonick (AP)
Who: Associated Press
URL for more info: USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills
WASHINGTON — An internal government report says dogs are dying and living in horrific conditions due to lax government enforcement of large kennels known as puppy mills.
Investigators say the Department of Agriculture agency in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act often ignores repeat violations, waives penalties and doesn't adequately document inhumane treatment of dogs. In one case cited by the department's inspector general, 27 dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility several times and cited it for violations...
For more information visit: http://itunes.apple.com/no/podcast/animal-wise-radio-podcast/id74172441
If you haven't called yet, this takes 2 minutes. SB 113 guts the Missouri puppy mill bill, Prop B. Pet factory owners have narrowly passed a bill to take protection for breeding dogs out of their state. The vote was 85-71, meaning the governor COULD veto this. WE WANT HIM TO VETO 113! Call Gov. Jay Nixon today at (573) 751-3222.
Leave a message. This is IMPORTANT.
For more information, visit the Animal Law Coalition page or click here.
Publication name: philly.com / Philly Dawg
URL for more info: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/Miracle-in-Missouri-Gov-activists-breeders-reach-deal-on-kennel-bill.html
Last week it looked like Proposition B, "The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act," in Missouri was dead.
Lawmakers in the puppy mill capital of the nation had scuttled the voter-approved referendum aimed at making commercial kennels - of which there are more than 1,000 - more humane.
Today Gov. Nixon announced a deal to save the major provisions of the proposition, drawing praise from animal welfare advocates, breeders and the farm lobby alike.
"The agreement that was signed today upholds the intent of the voters, protects dogs and ensures that Missouri agriculture will continue to grow," said Nixon in a statement.