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CAPS is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from abuse in puppy mills and pet shops.

 


Bob Meetin

Bob Meetin

PSA to Air Across the Country, Designed to Raise Awareness about the Pet Shop - Puppy Mill Industry

Who: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
Where: Cohasset, MA
When: September 24, 2014

Companion Animal Protection Society’s (CAPS) new “Adopt, Don’t Shop” television public service announcement is coming to a TV screen near you. The 30-second spot is part of the national nonprofit’s ongoing mission to educate the public about atrocities in puppy mills and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops and through Internet sellers supplied by these inhumane facilities.

Pledges to support initiative with multi-media online campaign to its current supporters.

Who: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
Where: Cohasset, MA
When: November 11, 2014

Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners--charities, families, businesses and individuals--to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

January 19, 2015
Publication: Boston Herald
Summary: Even if you’re a dedicated carnivore, we’ve got an excuse for you to take the night off and chow down on delicious veggies — all for a great cause. The Companion Animal Protection Society is hosting a Wine & Dine for Charity fundraising dinner tomorrow night at Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant, and there are still seats available. Great article in the Boston Herald on the Wine & Dine Charity event for CAPS at the Red Lentil in Watertown tomorrow evening. If you live in the Boston area, please join us and be sure to make reservations.
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Adrian’s Puppy Paradise – A Dog’s Hell?

January 07, 2015
Publication: Cindy Lu's Muse
Summary: Picture this if you can. You have a basement in your home, and you have filled it with 150 dogs in cages. They live down there. When it’s not too cold out, you run fans to circulate the air, and when it’s warm enough you open the windows for some ventilation. It is January in northeastern Illinois. Welcome to Adrien’s Puppy Paradise in St. Anne, Il. The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is currently investigating Adrian’s Puppy Paradise.
January 3, 2015
Publication: The Des Moines Register
Summary: Federal inspectors say they have increased their dog breeding facility inspections after a highly critical 2010 review that said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service was not doing enough
Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

Gabel, Jenny and Barb

The weather at the time of investigation: 95 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny.

Breeds:  Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Golden Retrievers, Shiba Inus, Old English Bulldogs, Maltese, Huskies, Poodles, Mini Australian Shepherds, and designer (mixed) breeds.

There were more than 250 dogs on the premises at the time of investigation.

Building 1
When I arrived at the kennel, I spoke with the owner, Barb Gabel, about a male adult Standard Poodle.  After I asked her about other dogs, she and her husband led me to their whelping building. On the way, we passed an enclosure that had a rectangular receptacle of very green algae water (Sec 3.10 Watering).

The whelping room, where there were three rows of stacked mesh cages, had a strong urine and feces odor.  There were active flies and gnats (Sec 3.11 Cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control (f) Pest control).  The accumulation of fecal matter signaled it had not been cleaned up in days (Sec 3.11 Cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control (a) Cleaning of primary enclosures).  The second row of cages had a mixture of hair and fecal matter matted to the mesh bottom of the cages (Sec 3.11 Cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest Control (a) Cleaning of primary enclosures).  There was a significant amount of fecal matter on the wall below the second row of cages (Sec 3.11 Cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control (a) Cleaning of primary enclosures).  One cage had a large screwdriver jammed into the bottom to keep it from falling out (Sec 3.6 Primary Enclosures (a)(x) Flooring).

The very young puppies were soaking wet from an earlier spray-cleaning of the kennels. Barb had to wipe them down with a towel. (Sec 3.11 Cleaning, sanitization, housekeeping, and pest control (a) Cleaning of primary enclosures). In the last cage on the bottom row there was an English Bulldog puppy that was coughing (Sec 2.4 Attending Veterinarian and Adequate Veterinarian Care (b)(2) Veterinarian care).

Building 2
Barb then led me to a group of 10 outside kennel runs. One kennel had four adult dogs housed in a cage that did not provide minimum space requirements (Sec 3.6 Primary enclosures (c)(i) Space requirements):

(Length of dog in inches + 6) x (length of dog in inches + 6) = required floor space
 in square inches.
Required floor space in inches/144 = required floor space in square feet.

Another cage had a metal fencing “patch” held in place with a zip tie. The wires on this patch were poking inward toward the dogs (Sec 3.1 Housing facilities, General (c)(ii) Surfaces).

Building 3
Barb and her husband then led me to additional outdoor kennels. To show me a miniature Aussie, Barb grabbed the dog by the back of the neck and lifted it with this grip (Sec 2.131 Handling of animals (b) (1) Handling).

At the time, there were three dogs in a large run to the side of these outdoor kennels. The only water available to them was a kiddie pool holding only a small amount of brown dirty water (Sec 3.10 Watering).

A kennel holding two Huskies did not have a wind or rain break; while there was a small roof to the right of the kennel, there were no sides to the kennel (Sec 3.4 Outdoor Housing (b)(2) Shelter from the elements).

Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00

Pennsylvania

Stoney Brook Kennel

Date: 2007-10-24

Stone Barn Kennel

Date: 2007-11-01

Daniel Stoltfus

Date: 2007-06-23

Mel-Rene Kennel

Date: 2007-10-29

Reuben and Vera Martin

Date: 2007-06-27

Kauffman Kennels

Date: 2007-10-24

Farm Pal Kennels

Whispering Oaks Kennel

Date: 2007-11-02

Ammon Weaver

Date: 2007-06-23

Fairview Kennel

Date: 2007-10-30

Ivan Stoltzfus

Date: 2005-05-05

David Blank

Date: 2005-02-24

David Beiler

Amos Stoltzfus

Date: 2005-02-24

Ammon Weaver

Date: 2005-02-23

John Mark Horning

Date: 2007-10-29

Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00

Oklahoma

Glen Brooke

Date: 2004-08-23

Dan, Hattie and Kim Pease

Date: 2007-02-26

John Henry Miller

Date: 2007-02-28

Dwayne Craig

Date: 2007-02-27 and 2007-02-28

Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00

Ohio

Reuben Schlabach

Date: 2005-03-02

Vernon Yoder

Date: 2005-03-03

Ervin Raber

Date: 2005-04-08

Ronald Beach

Date: 2005-04-01

Myron and Naomi Yoder

Date: 2005-03-03

Mary Yoder

Date: 2007-02-27

Joseph and Irene Schwartz

Date: 2005-03-31

Ivan and Katie Mast

Date: 2005-03-03

Delton Martin

Date: 2005-04-01

Andy Yoder

Date: 2005-03-03

Aden Yoder

Date: 2005-04-08

Miscellaneous

Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00

Nebraska

Julie Tully

Phillip Van Bibbe

Casey and Angie Schaff

Barb Crick

Carla Pederson

Barb Crick

Date: 2010-12-10

CAPS Undercover Investigation of Barkworks and I Heart Puppies Breeder

Shirley (formerly Osterman) Brown

Date: 2004-10-02

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