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Publication/Event date: 2013-03-07
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/michael-vick-has-bought-a-dog-hint-it-s-not-a-poodle
Summary:
Michael Vick has bought a dog. Hint: It’s not a poodle!

Now that the ban prohibiting him from owning a dog has expired, Mike Vick has bought a new dog. Steering far from the breed he is associated with torturing, the American Staffordshire Terrier, Vick has acquired a dog to suit his inflated image of his reformed self: a Belgian Malinois (similar to a German Shepherd). This is a highly bred type of dog that has a more elegant appearance than the Staffordshire Terrier, a dog with more refined lines but just as powerful and faster than the Staffordshire Terrier, and with a more complex intelligence—than Vick.

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Published in CAPS News
Thursday, 07 March 2013 22:22

The Joy of Fostering

Publication/Event date: 2013-03-06
Publication name: The Pet Matchmaker
URL for more info: http://www.thepetmatchmaker.com/the-joy-of-fostering/
Summary:
Are you missing a dog in your life? Would you love to have a dog but are reluctant to take on the full responsibility? Maybe you live in a small apartment or are worried about the burden of unexpected veterinary bills. Or perhaps you recently lost your dog and aren’t ready for another full-time dog. Well, there is a way to enjoy doggie companionship and help a dog in need on a temporary basis: it’s called fostering. Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding ways to get that sublime dog love without having the full responsibility of lifelong guardianship.

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Published in CAPS News
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:55

Humane Society award for Ke$ha is for the birds

Publication/Event date: 2013-02-28
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/humane-society-award-for-kesha-is-for-the-birds
Summary:
Is Ke$ha’s love for animals real or faux? That is the question being asked by members of theanimal rights community. On March 23, The Humane Society of the United States will honor pop star Ke$ha at their annual benefit gala, the Genesis Awards. She will be receiving the prestigious Wyler award for her “activism.” Some animal rights advocates are calling fowl, claiming Ke$ha doesn’t deserve an award. Ke$ha’s signature style is that of a drunk, hillbilly huntress—knife in mouth, feather earrings and accessories, feather headdresses, feather jackets, leather, snake skin, bones, teeth and skulls as accessories and lots real-looking fur.

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Published in CAPS News
Companion Animal Protection Society speaks out against the Hazzard County Squirrel Slam in Holley, New York.
squirrel huntHOLLEY, NY, February 1, 2013- The annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam may be a fundraiser for the Holley Fire Department, but for animal lovers everywhere the event is a nightmare. Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit dedicated to protecting companion animals of all species, is calling for a boycott of the event and a global campaign to stop it.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-01-29
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/national-animal-protection-group-decries-live-squirrel-shooting-contest
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society is launching a national alert campaign to prevent an annual squirrel killing contest in Holley, N.Y.. The “7th Annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam” is scheduled for Saturday, February 16. The contest, which awards cash prizes for the largest squirrel killed that day, will feature a “weigh in” and a gun drawing with several different types of fire arms, one of which is a AR/22 Semi.

The event is sponsored by the Holley Fire Department and is inviting children under the age of fourteen to shoot and kill squirrels.

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Los Angeles - 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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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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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
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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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