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What do you get when you combine glamorous fashion models with cute dogs rescued from un-glamorous puppy mills?

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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
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
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
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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San Diego, CA, September 15, 2014 - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), the City of San Diego, and others, and invited an application for attorneys’ fees and costs.

San Diego Puppy, Inc. brought the lawsuit after CAPS initiated and drafted proposed legislation and then worked closely with the San Diego City Council and other animal nonprofits to pass an ordinance. This ordinance bans the retail sale of pet shop puppies, kittens and rabbits. In 2013, plaintiffs San Diego Puppy pet shop, and its owners David and Veronica Salinas, brought suit in retaliation for CAPS’ efforts to ban the retail sale of companion animals and raise awareness concerning the cruel and inhumane puppy and kitten mills that supply retail pet stores.
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:04

Unleash Puppy Mill Law?

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-11
Publication name: Journal Online
URL for more info: http://www.journal-topics.com/business/article_6d11b33c-39ef-11e4-b130-0017a43b2370.html
The owner of an Arlington Hts. pet shop has joined a lawsuit seeking to toss out a new Cook County law that bans the sale of pets originating from puppy mills.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-11
Publication name: Daily Herald
URL for more info: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140911/news/140919525/
A federal judge issued an order Thursday preventing Cook County from enforcing its new puppy mill ban while a lawsuit filed this week by three suburban pet store owners works its way through the court system.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-09
Publication name: Daily Herald
URL for more info: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140909/news/140908394/
A group of suburban pet stores, including a Petland in Hoffman Estates and Happiness is Pets in Arlington Heights, filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging a Cook County ordinance banning the sale of pets from puppy mills starting Oct. 1.

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-09
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/ct-puppy-mill-law-arlington-heights-tl-20140909-story.html
An Arlington Heights pet store owner won a temporary reprieve Monday from Cook County's so-called puppy mill law, which was challenged this week in a federal lawsuit.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-05
Publication name: Cindy Lu’s Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.com/2014/09/naperville-due-diligence-needed-issue-retail-pet-sales/
On Tuesday night, Naperville city council heard commentary on potential regulation of retail pet sales from 21 speakers over the course of 2 hours, interspersed with pointed questions by board members. Previously, the board requested city staff research the issue and provide recommendations. While having received a good deal of information, the board decided additional due diligence was required prior to making any decisions.

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