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Monday, 27 January 2014 10:06

Puppy Mill Parlor - Closing?

Publication/Event date: 2014-01-26
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/puppy-mill-parlor--closing
Summary:
It took protesters from the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) 13 months, but "Store Closing" signs appeared in Puppy Parlor's windows on 1/18.  Have protestors' efforts - to educate potential victims of the risks of buying a sick puppy mill puppy from this establishment - been successful?  Has Puppy Parlor realized their animal abuse, animal cruelty, and consumer fraud is not welcome in Lisle?  Evidence suggests the answers to these questions are, "Yes."  In time we'll know for sure.  

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Publication/Event date: 2014-01-14
Publication name: CAPS Blog
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/new-york-governor-cuomo-signs-puppy-mill-bill-into-law/
Summary:
Albany, N.Y. - On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.740-A/S.3753-A or the “puppy mill bill” into law. The new legislation, which the New York State legislature passed last summer, will allow local governments, like New York City, to enact stricter laws regarding pet dealers. Municipalities in New York will now be able to pass ordinances like those sponsored by the Companion Animal Protection Society in California, Illinois, and Florida.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2014-01-09
Publication name: Press Release
URL for more info: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/010913-pet-dealers-in-ny
Summary:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to help protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.

“The legislation announced today is a win for those individuals and communities across the state that have fought for the health and safety of animals under the care of pet dealers,” Governor Cuomo said. “While existing state law will be upheld, today’s legislation will give support to the many local municipalities that want to ensure stronger safeguards are in place to protect the animals in their communities.”

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:43

Urgent Action for NYS Residents


THE GOVERNOR NOW HAS UNTIL JANUARY 10th TO SIGN THE PUPPY MILL BILL INTO LAW!

It is more critical than ever that the governor hears from animal advocates like you. Will you **call** Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and politely urge him to sign the pet dealer bill into law?

You can simply say: “I am a constituent and I would like to urge Governor Cuomo to sign A.740-A/S.3753-A into law.”

We’ve worked so hard to get this bill this far. Please help us get it signed into law! Time is running out!
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Publication/Event date: 2013-12-29
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/12/29/animal-protection-advocate-from-hull-expanding-reach/ao5Xjz5MGsF3tMOMn4AKVL/story.html
Summary:
RESCUE MISSION: Deborah Howard is seeking local help in preventing cruelty to animals in pet shops and the so-called puppy mills that supply them.

Howard founded the Cohasset-based Companion Animal Protection Society in 1992, and has since taken her fight nationwide. Though the pet-store issue isn’t as big in Massachusetts (there are no pet shops in Boston, she said), there are chain pet stores in communities across the area, and she’d like to launch protests there.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-12-09
Publication name: Dogster
URL for more info: http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/dog-animal-rescue-adoption-gift-guide-good-cause-holiday-giving
Summary:
If the thought of going anywhere near a shopping mall this time of the year brings a shiver down your spine, consider giving a gift of charity to the dog lovers in your life (that’s everyone, right?). When you donate to a charity that supports dogs or the people who love them, everybody wins. And if you need further confirmation to avoid the malls, just take a look at these videos of Black Friday mayhem. In addition to your local animal shelter and animal rescue groups, here are 10 nonprofit organizations that do good works for animals.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-12-16
Publication name: Mission Times Courier
URL for more info: http://scoopsandiego.com/mission_times_courier/community_news/judge-denies-request-to-temporarily-lift-ban-on-san-diego/article_7e21073c-66bd-11e3-a711-001a4bcf6878.html
Summary:
The city of San Diego can continue to enforce its ban on the retail sale of pets while a lawsuit against the ban makes its way through court, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:35

Puppy Parlor Lies to a Judge

Publication/Event date: 2013-12-10
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/puppy-parlor-lies-to-a-judge
Summary:
Tammy Coglianese, owner of Puppy Mill Parlor recently had a protester served with a restraining order.  She lied to a judge to get it.  While Coglianese, her employees, and friends lie - to the Lisle Police, Lisle’s Mayor, Village Manager, Trustees, the Dept of Agriculture, and potential customers - and get away with it; lying to a judge is a different story.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-11-27
Publication name: Opposing Views
URL for more info: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/san-diego-pet-shop-sues-city-and-animal-activists-over-ban-puppy-sales
Summary:
A formal complaint has been filed in federal court on Nov. 25 by the owners of San Diego Puppy, Inc., a retail pet shop located in the city of San Diego. The suit attacks the citywide ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores, which was passed on July 10, 2013.

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Related Articles:
Politix: Puppy Store Sues City for Banning Puppy Sales
San Diego Free Press: Pet Store Owner Battling ‘Animal Rights Terrorists’ Sues Backers of Puppy Mill Ordinance
Courthouse News Service: Puppy Store Sues San Diego

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Publication/Event date: 2013-11-07
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78090393/
Summary:
After months of deliberation and fact finding, Highland Park City Council has approved a text amendment to the city’s zoning code. The omnibus vote came on October 28th with the Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 150, Article II of the “City of Highland Park Zoning Ordinance of 1997,” as Amended, Regarding the Definition of “Kennel”. “This is a huge win for my great little city”, said Dawn LoCascio. “I am told that in addition to the text amendment change that limits kennels from large-scale breeding, pet stores are prohibited from selling dogs and cats by Special Use Permit in the City of HP.”

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