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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:12

San Diego bans retail sales of dogs, cats

The Companion Animal Protection (CAPS), a national nonprofit that was behind ordinances in West Hollywood, Glendale, Los Angeles, Villa Park, IL and has assisted with others, introduced the San Diego ordinance over a year ago. We also investigated San Diego Puppy (had a billboard in their parking lot for 2 months) after receiving a number of consumer complaints for sick and dying puppies. A CAPS investigator worked undercover at the Hunte Corp., the largest brokerage facility in the country. Hunte does not breed but buys from breeders all over the Midwest. It then transports the puppies via semi trucks to pet shops around the country. Some puppies are flown overseas. We've investigated some of these breeders, too. We presented this evidence to the San Diego City Council. For more information go to the website for the Companion Animal Protection Society.

Publication/Event date: 2013-07-09
Publication name: U-T San Diego
URL for more info: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/09/san-diego-bans-retail-sales-dogs-cats/
Summary:
DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — The sale of dogs, cats and rabbits will soon be banned at retail stores in San Diego, making it the 32nd city in North America to enact legislation in response to criticism of how animals are treated in commercial breeding facilities.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 09:48

Pet Store Ban Passed in San Diego

Publication/Event date: 2013-07-10
Publication name: NBC San Diego
URL for more info: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Pet-Store-Ban-Passed-in-San-Diego-214839401.html#ixzz2YeODxI3p
Summary: San Diego City Council voted unanimously to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores throughout the city on Tuesday.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-07-09
Publication name: KFMB-TV CBS 8
URL for more info: http://www.cbs8.com/story/22791718/city-council-to-consider-ban-on-puppy-mill-sales
Summary:
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego is scheduled to be considered by the City Council Tuesday afternoon.

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Related article:
ABC 10 News: San Diego City Council to vote on pet store ban

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The City Council of San Diego unanimously passed a Companion Animal Protection Society's proposed ordinance ban of retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 10, 2013 – Yesterday, San Diego became the second largest city in the United States to ban the sale of companion animals. The decision mirrors other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) , in cities across the US and Canada.

The City Council of San Diego unanimously voted in favor of a CAPS' proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within the city. The Office of the City Attorney worked closely with CAPS to draft this final proposal that will go into effect in 30 days. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California (including West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles), have passed similar legislation.

CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and the non-profit began back in June 2012. Other animal welfare organizations joined forces later on to assist in the effort. This will be CAPS' fifth successfully introduced and passed ordinance of its kind and the 32nd city in the US with anti-puppy mill legislation.

We got the ordinance we wanted. Getting it passed has been hard work but when I come home and look in the eyes of my little puppy mill dog, it makes me happy to have participated in making the sale of puppy mill dogs illegal in my city,” said Sydney Cicourel, San Diego campaign coordinator for CAPS, who's been working on the ordinance for more than a year with the committee.

Tuesday's City Council Docket

CAPS Ordinances Page

CAPS Proposed Ordinance

San Diego Puppy

Contact CAPS for more information about the ordinance, investigations into San Diego area pet shops, or CAPS ongoing national awareness campaign (Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-14
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/ariel-castro-s-dogs-impounded-and-still-suffering-under-fbi-hold
Summary:
In any major crime case, such as the Ariel Castro case, the human victims are naturally the focus. But what about animals, the other sentient beings, caught up in a front-page nightmare?

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man charged with kidnapping, raping and torturing three missing women for ten years, owned dogs. "At least four dogs were impounded in connection to the Castro arrest," said a police source close to the investigation who did not want his name used. He said the dogs were brought to the city kennel.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-06
Publication name: Huffington Post
URL for more info: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carole-raphaelle-davis/san-diego-moves-to-ban-pu_b_3202921.html
Summary:
Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-01
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/san-diego-poised-to-ban-the-sale-of-puppy-mill-pets
Summary:
Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:17

Ag-Gag bill hearing

Message from CAPS West Coast Director Carole Raphaelle Davis:

Ag-Gag bill hearing TODAY. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to oppose AB 343!
Here is my letter:
Dear Assembly Member Eggman,

I am writing to you on behalf of our national membership to express our opposition to AB 343. The Companion Animal Protection Society is the only national, non-profit organization that exclusively investigates puppy mills, pet factories and pet dealers (both Internet pet sellers and pet stores). We work with law enforcement and government agencies on a daily basis and on a national scale in order to eradicate pet factory cruelty. In California, our undercover investigations are the foundation and basis for the pet sales ban ordinances in West Hollywood, Glendale and Los Angeles.
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Saturday, 30 March 2013 22:44

Happy Easter? Not for rabbits

Publication/Event date: 2013-03-30
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/happy-easter-not-for-rabbits
Summary:
"I want this Easter to be over already!” says Lejla Hadzimuratovic, president of the Bunny World Foundation, a rabbit rescue organization based in Los Angeles. “This celebration is actually a bloodbath—an atrocity that leads to massive death of rabbits.”

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Friday, 22 March 2013 11:29

A Rescued Dog Gives Back

Publication/Event date: 2013-03-21
Publication name: Huffington Post
URL for more info: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carole-raphaelle-davis/a-rescued-dog-gives-back_b_2919643.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=561752,b=facebook#sb=561752,b=facebook
Summary:
The first time I saw Lamby, I winced -- my chest felt like it was caving in on me like it does during one of my anxiety attacks. Lamby was one of the saddest cases I had ever seen. His picture was in one of the daily email pleas I get to rescue homeless dogs from the shelter. This young Bichon Frisé had been suffering in the Los Angeles shelter for a week with no skin on his lower hind legs. The picture was graphic: His feet were badly broken, crushed to pulp, bones exposed. Not only were his hind legs completely de-gloved, but the tendons were torn and what was left of the flesh was putrid and green. He was going to need expensive medical care, possibly a double amputation.

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