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.
Publication name: Massnonprofit News
URL for more info: http://www.massnonprofit.org/news.php?artid=3844
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.
PSA to Air Across the Country, Designed to Raise Awareness about the Pet Shop - Puppy Mill Industry
Cohasset, MA - 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.
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.
Publication/Event date: 2014-08-04
Publication name: truthAtlas
URL for more info: http://truthatlas.com/models-against-puppy-mills-putting-a-pretty-face-on-a-difficult-scene/
For over 20 years, Deborah Howard, founder of CAPS, and her team of investigators have been going undercover, under the guise of employees, in an effort to disclose inhumane and squalid puppy mills and the most egregious offenders of the Animal Cruelty Act. She, along with her team, have witnessed such horrible conditions, including emaciated and mentally anguished dogs, that the scenes haunt them for years.
South Shore Woman recently published an article about CAPS President Deborah Howard and her work fighting pet shops and puppy mills.
Click on the link and read more about Howard's work with CAPS!
Publication/Event date: 2014-05-24
Publication name: South Shore Woman
URL for more info: http://southshorewoman.com/issue/summer-2014/article/fighting-for-animal-rights
An eight-week old yellow Labrador puppy with open cuts, pressed his injured leg against the metal grate that housed him. The smell of filth was profound, and intense noise was deafening to young canine ears.
A lot has happened since “Puppy Doe” was dumped near a playground in Quincy, MA last summer.
Read the following article about House Bill 4244 (a bill that would raise the penalties, fines, and imprisonment for those who abuse animals) and CAPS' work with Massachusetts State Representative Bruce Ayers and other animal welfare groups drafting a bill that would ban the sale of puppy mill animals in MA pet shops.
Publication/Event date: 2014-07-10
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/07/10/quincy-legislator-activists-raise-stakes-against-animal-abuse/goiZWP7xLr2c2nmWzAt8XK/story.html
State Representative Bruce Ayers grew up in Quincy with a black Labrador named Smokey. A dog lover, Ayers was appalled, along with the rest of us, over “Puppy Doe,” the female pit bull dumped in bushes near a playground in Quincy last summer. Puppy Doe had been starved, stabbed, beaten, and left for dead.
Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local
URL for more info: http://cohasset.wickedlocal.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140616986/?Start=1
If you ride the commuter rail from the Greenbush station to Boston, you might have noticed an advertisement with an eye-catching combination – models and puppies.
Publication name: Bea’s Beat
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/2014/05/16/bea-the-belle-of-the-ball/
On April 30, 2014, CAPS held a cocktail party at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center to celebrate the launch of our “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” ad campaign in all of the MBTA commuter trains and at 20 stations in Boston. Even though I had to share the spotlight with ALL of my bratty brothers (Spencer, Wylie, and Oliver), that didn’t stop me from being CAPS’ fabulous spokesmodel. I had so much fun! Hopefully, Mother will be organizing more cocktail parties in the near future.