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View CAPS undercover investigation reports and videos of puppy mills and pet shops.

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Models & CAPS

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

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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.

Publication/Event date: 2015-01-19
Publication name: Boston Herald
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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

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Thursday, 08 January 2015 18:50

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

The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is currently investigating Adrian’s Puppy Paradise.

Publication/Event date: 2015-01-07
Publication name: Cindy Lu’s Muse
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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.

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CAPS Advisory Board Members Bob Baker and Mary LaHay are mentioned in the following article:

Publication/Event date: 2015-01-03
Publication name: The Des Moines Register
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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.

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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.

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If you purchased a sick or dying puppy from Barkworks or Happiness is Pets, you may be able to join consumer class action lawsuits. The first step is to fill out the CAPS complaint form.

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