KTLA-TV News Story: CAPS Protesters Shot by BB GunsURL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxLBv2HEQ
Publication date: 2009-10-15
Publication name: KTLA-News, Los Angeles, CA
Headline: KTLA-TV News Story: CAPS Protesters Shot by BB Guns
Summary: KTLA-TV News aired a story about CAPS protesters being shot by BB Guns during a peaceful protest at Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica, CA
Aquarium & Pet Center, Santa Monica, CA Agrees to Go HumaneURL: http://puppymillmom.blogspot.com/2009/10/aquarium-pet-center-signs-agreement-to.html
Publication date: 2009-10-31
Publication name: CAPS
Headline: Aquarium & Pet Center, Santa Monica, CA Agrees to Go Humane
Summary: Aquarium & Pet Center has made a commitment to enter into an agreement with The Animal Advocates Alliance and the Companion Animal Protection Society to convert to a humane business model. The details must still be worked out, but Scott Lee, the owner of the pet store, has agreed to only work with rescues.
Aquarium & Pet CenterAquarium & Pet Center is a pet shop in Santa Monica, California that converted to a humane business model in 2009. Before the switch, they used to buy from Missouri-based The Hunte Corporation, the largest broker in the country.
CAPS was very proud of the decision of Aquarium & Pet Center to sign a legal agreement to convert to a humane business model. They worked with a rescue organization to promote adoptable animals from the Los Angeles municipal shelter system. The store was truly a model for humane stores. Unfortunately, the store started selling puppies again in late 2011. CAPS was ready to resume protests. After a few months, however, the store stopped selling puppies.
Aquarium & Pet Center had been the target of an ongoing CAPS investigation linking the store to The Hunte Corporation, the largest USDA licensed dog brokering facility in the country. CAPS is quite familiar with the practices of Hunte as the result of an undercover employment investigation at this large facility and ongoing investigations of Hunte's puppy mill suppliers.
CAPS held just three weekend protests in front of Aquarium & Pet Center before the store went humane. Unfortunately our campaign was marred by a violent incident on October 10, 2009 in which activists were shot at by an unknown assailant with a high-powered air rifle, spraying them with two millimeter brass slugs. Two of the protesters were slightly injured.
Aquarium & Pet Center was the fourth store in Los Angeles to succumb to investigations and protests by CAPS between March 2009 and November 2009. Other stores no longer selling puppy mill dogs include Elaine's Pet Depot, Elite Animals, and Pets of Wilshire. Elaine's Pet Depot, part of a chain in the U.S. and Canada, offers rescue animals for adoption. On the basis of our efforts against Elaine's, the entire Pet Depot Chain stopped selling dogs and cats.
Aquarium & Pet Center Buys from Hunte CorporationURL: www.caps-web.org
Publication date: 2009-10-17
Publication name: CAPS
Headline: Aquarium & Pet Center Buys from Hunte Corporation
Summary: Aquarium & Pet Center obtains many of its puppies from The Hunte Corporation in Goodman, MO. From December 2004 - June 2005, a CAPS investigator worked undercover at Hunte, the largest dog brokering facility in the country. Hunte uses employees and small brokers as booking agents who obtain puppies from mills throughout the Midwest and neighboring states and transport them to Hunte facilities. Hunte holds these puppies for several days before loading them on large semi trucks for trips to pet shops across the U.S. and Canada and to airports, where puppies are flown overseas to places such as Japan and South America. Hunte brokered puppies are sold at pet shops in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Petland, the largest pet shop franchise chain in the U.S., is a major Hunte customer. Andrew Hunte's daughter owns the largest Petland in the country.
Subsequent to the undercover employment, CAPS investigated at least 50 puppy mills, mostly USDA licensed, that were selling puppies to Hunte. Approximately 50 percent of these mills had serious enough violations to warrant an investigation report. CAPS continues to investigate puppy mills that sell to Hunte.
CAPS defines a puppy mill as a commercial breeding establishment that mass produces dogs for resale through pet shops or individuals. A USDA licensed facility is a puppy mill. Reputable breeders do not sell to pet shops.
View the CAPS documentary on the undercover employment investigation at Hunte:
Undercover at the Hunte Corporation
View the CAPS documentary on the subsequent investigation of puppy mills that supply puppies to Hunte:
Hunte Corporation - From Puppy Mill to Pet Shop
Aquarium & Pet Center of Santa Monica converts to humane pet storeURL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5UYNas6abk
Publication date: 2009-11-16
Publication name: www.youtube.com
Headline: Aquarium & Pet Center of Santa Monica converts to humane pet store
Summary: On Saturday, November 14, the Companion Animal Protection Society and Animal Advocates Alliance celebrated the conversion of Aquarium & Pet Center, Santa Monica, CA to a humane pet store that offers animals for adoption. The puppy mill dogs still in the store were available for adoption on Saturday in order to make room for dogs from L.A. Animal Services, the county shelter system. See the Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5UYNas6abk