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New York, N.Y., November 24, 2014 – An important public meeting regarding a proposed local law (Ordinance 55) regulating pet shops will take place on November 24, 2014. Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) Founder and President Deborah Howard will testify in support of the bill. CAPS has played a vital role in providing statistical proof that retail pet stores in New York City sell puppies sourced from puppy mills with USDA violations. When Int. No. 55-A was introduced for the first time, CAPS General Counsel John Maher was among the first to testify in support of the bill. The proposed amendment would significantly improve the New York City Retail Pet Sales Law and related ordinances concerning spay, neuter, and micro chipping requirements. Ordinance 55 will also place tougher restrictions on pet shops in New York City.

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Cohasset, MA. 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. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 2, 2014 - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 18:00

Naperville delays creating puppy sale rules

Publication/Event date: 2014-10-08
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-lisle/ct-puppy-mills-naperville-tl-1016-20141008-story.html
Summary:
Naperville is going to hold off on creating new restrictions on the sale of dogs from commercial breeders that some consider "puppy mills."

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Publication/Event date: 2014-10-08
Publication name: Naperville Sun
URL for more info: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/2014/10/08/naperville-puppy-sale-ban-put-least-mid-2015/
Summary:
A prohibition on the retail sale of puppies procured from breeders won’t be enacted in Naperville right away. Officials this week agreed to take a wait-and-see approach, tabling the issue for the next nine months while legal challenges to similar bans in other communities play out.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-29
Publication name: Massnonprofit News
URL for more info: http://www.massnonprofit.org/news.php?artid=3844
Summary:
Companion Animal Protection Society, a Cohasset nonprofit that seeks to protect companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills, recently launched a national cable TV ad campaign, which came about when the producer of the ad read an article about the organization and decided to donate his time and effort to the cause.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-29
Publication name: Digital Journal
URL for more info: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2221196
Summary:
Flower Mound, TX (September 29, 2014) – Vacation 4 A Cause is pleased to announce another partnership in its effort to promote good works with great vacations. By booking a vacation with Vacation 4 A Cause, travelers can help protect companion animals.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:06

Pretty faces draw eyes to animal abuse

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-18
Publication name: The Christian Science Monitor
URL for more info: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2014/0918/Pretty-faces-draw-eyes-to-animal-abuse
Summary:
On Saturday [Aug. 2], Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill, initiated and pushed by three third-graders, that sets steeper fines for violators of the Animal Welfare Act.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-18
Publication name: The Regional News
URL for more info: http://www.theregionalnews.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/34027-orland-park-law-aims-to-protect-puppies-and-inform-buyers
Summary:
The Orland Park Village Board voted unanimously Monday to adopt an animal and consumer protection ordinance that requires pet shops to provide written disclosures for each dog sold in a conspicuous location on or near the animal’s holding cage or in a centrally located area in the pet shop.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-16
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/orland-park-homer-glen/ct-orland-puppy-mills-tl-ssw-0918-20140917-story.html
Summary:
An Orland Park ordinance replacing a ban on the sale of pets from large commercial breeders with a pet shop licensing program and stronger disclosure requirements has won the acceptance of both animal activists and the village's sole pet store owner.

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