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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-26
Publication name: Southwest Riverside News Network (SWRNN)
URL for more info: http://www.swrnn.com/2013/04/26/pet-stores-under-fire-by-watchdog-committees-in-san-diego/
Summary:
The City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled next week to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

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San Diego To Consider Ban On Retail Sale Of Animals
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2013-04-17
Publication name: ABC News
URL for more info: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/calif-bill-thwart-animal-investigations-killed-18980244#.UW8CzivwJMl
Summary:
A California bill that would have limited undercover farm animal abuse investigations has been pulled by its author amid stiff and growing opposition.

A spokesman for Republican Jim Patterson, of Fresno, said he pulled the bill just three hours before it was to be voted on by the Assembly Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. The spokesman, Mike Zimmerman, did not say why.

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Published in CAPS News
Monday, 11 February 2013 22:17

Britney Spears: How She Got Her New Pup!

Publication/Event date: 2013-02-11
Publication name: Teddy Hilton / Perez Hilton
URL for more info: http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2013-02-11-britney-spears-new-puppy-details#.URmyzVpU5Fl
Summary:
Britney Spears hopes that her next go around at puppy love will go a LOT better than the last time.

The singer has purchased another pooch as Hannah's health continues to deteriorate.

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Published in Barkworks
Publication/Event date: 2013-01-14
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/caps-launches-investigation-of-san-bernardino-shelter
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society has launched an investigation of the San Bernardino department of animal control after a video of an injured dog impounded at the shelter went viral on social media. The animal protection group, a national non-profit that primarily investigates pet factory cruelty, was alerted to the injured dog by dozens of complaints to their L.A. office.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2013-01-13
Publication name: Radar Online
URL for more info: http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/01/britney-spears-urged-to-join-lawsuit-vs-store-where-she-bought-her-sick-puppy/
Summary:
Britney Spears is being asked to join in on a lawsuit that has been filed against Barkworks, the chain store where she purchased her teacup Yorkie puppy, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) has harbored a battalion of attorneys to work on behalf of plaintiff Kim Haba in a lawsuit filed against Barkworks on Dec. 14, 2012 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Published in Barkworks
Friday, 04 January 2013 12:10

A Cause to Celebrate: L.A. Barkworks Closes

Publication/Event date: 2012-01-03
Publication name: Cindy Lu's Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-cause-to-celebrate-la-barkworks-closes.html#.UOcLU4njlZ9
Summary:
Something has me stumped. A major event occurred recently in Los Angeles, California. One with significance for all who care about the welfare of pets. And yet…the L.A. media didn’t run the story – or anyone else. It sits quietly, like a well-guarded secret. Let’s blow the lid off this thing, and then rip open the treat bags and celebrate… Barkworks in L.A. has closed following pressure from protesters! Barkworks has been documented as one of the many pet shops that sells dogs from puppy mills.

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Published in Barkworks

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Barkworks Pet Store Folds Under Pressure From Anti- Pet Shop/Puppy Mill Nonprofit

Following a protracted anti-puppy mill campaign by The Companion Animal Protection Society, the Barkworks pet store in Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion will be closing.


LOS ANGELES – The Westside Pavilion location of Barkworks, the largest pet shop chain in the Los Angeles area, is closing for good on Monday. Barkworks has been the target of investigations and campaign outreach by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), a national nonprofit whose primary focus is the pet shop and puppy mill industry.
Published in Barkworks
Friday, 28 December 2012 23:52

Barkworks is Closing!

After YEARS of CAPS investigating and protesting inside the Westside Pavilion, BARKWORKS, a puppy mill front, is CLOSING! Thank you to ALL the activists who joined us for the massive protests!

Published in Barkworks
Publication/Event date: 2012-12-18
Publication name: Huffington Post Los Angeles
URL for more info: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/no-kill-december-la-animal-shelters_n_2326253.html
Summary:
Things don’t look good for Folie, a 4-year-old tan Chihuahua in a cage in the small dogs room at the South Los Angeles animal shelter. She presses her nose to the bars attempting to get closer to Matthew Spease, the shelter’s animal care technician supervisor, as he unlocks the latch to her stainless steel home. She is excited to get some attention from him, but her squeals of anticipation sound raspy. She’s picked up a respiratory infection, commonly known as “kennel cough,” in the month she’s spent at the shelter.

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Comment posted by CAPS West Coast Director Carole Raphaelle Davis in response to article:

"No Kill December" is a publicity stunt designed to obfuscate the fact that our shelter system is in shambles. The shelter system is a well-oiled killing machine and everyone in the animal protection movement knows it. This is a LAAS co-branding campaign with Best Friends Animal Society, which collects more than $40 million per year in donations.

Small, financially strapped rescue orgs are scrambling to save lives. They could use some of that money being siphoned off from them in order to pay for salaries, marketing, publicists and parties. Small rescue orgs struggle to provide med care for sick, injured and fear-biting animals who would have been killed during "No Kill December." The heavy lifting is being done by very small organizations, many with fewer than a dozen volunteers, spending their hard-earned money to save lives while Barnette and Best Friends Animal Society take the credit.

We receive complaints daily that Barnette is not enforcing our spay/neuter law or illegal sales. How can they brag of "improvement" if it is concocted while we outsource animals to private shelters in order to make a fantasy appear real? Animals will be killed in January, in February, on and on until people understand that breeding, selling or buying animals is uncontionable while we kill tens of thousands of animals per year.

How is LAAS “No Kill” if animals are outsourced and rescuers picked up the slack and pay medical bills for animals who would have been killed? Isn’t that more like “No Responsibility?”
 
Published in CAPS News
Monday, 12 November 2012 19:48

LA Bans the Sale of Puppy & Kitten Mill Pets

Publication/Event date: 2012-11-12
Publication name: Care2
URL for more info: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/los-angeles-ordinance-bans-retail-animal-sales.html
Summary:
They don’t call it the City of Angels for nothing. We’re not being sarcastic — Los Angeles has a serious soft spot for little furry critters. Last month, on Halloween, the L.A. City Council pulled off an impressive trick: formalizing its approval of an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits, becoming the largest American city to do so.

You heard right. In the future, the dogs, cats, and rabbits seen in Los Angeles pet stores will be from shelters or rescue groups. Products of puppy and kitten mills will simply not be available for sale in L.A. Animal advocates around the country are cheering this as a giant leap toward the Golden State becoming the largest no-kill community in the country. Way to go, Los Angeles

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