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Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:34

New York City Council Passes Ordinance 55

New York, N.Y., December 17, 2014 – Ordinance 55 was just voted into law to amend the administrative code of NYC with the purpose of regulating pet shops. The New York City Council voted 49 – 2 to pass the ordinance on December 17th along with three other ordinances that will positively impact companion animals.

The Companion Animal Protection Society is mentioned in the following article about major, positive changes for animals brought on by direct action:

Publication/Event date: 2014-12-18
Publication name: One Green Planet
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Do you remember the first time you were incensed about an issue involving animals? Whenever we come upon an issue that touches us in a very personal way, our innate reaction is to want to make a change; we want to speak for the voiceless, defeat those who had a hand in cruelty, and educate others. However, sometimes this sense of urgency leaves us paralyzed and overwhelmed with the behemoth task before us.

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*CAPS General Counsel was there at the historic vote after testifying in April. CAPS President Deborah Howard testified last month.

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Publication name: NY Daily News
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The City Council voted to ban the sale of dogs and cats from abusive “puppy mills,” part of a wide-ranging package of legislation to tighten regulations on pet shops.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-12-09
Publication name: Sun Sentinel
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Tamarac doesn't have a puppy mill problem — and officials here want to make sure it doesn't.

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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.

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

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
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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
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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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