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Models & CAPS

What do you get when you combine glamorous fashion models with cute dogs rescued from un-glamorous puppy mills?

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:08

Orland Park may outlaw 'puppy mill' sales

Publication/Event date: 2014-04-08
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/orland_park_homer_glen/ct-meeting-orland-park-tl-ssw-0410-20140408,0,1606114.story
Summary:
Orland Park trustees are considering banning the sale of pets raised by commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills," in village pet stores.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-03-19
Publication name: Naperville Sun
URL for more info: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/petsuit-NAP-03212014:article
Summary:
Current and former dog owners whose pets were sickened or died after purchasing their puppies at a local pet shop sustained a legal setback this week, but they have vowed to press on.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-09-03
Publication name: Naperville Sun
URL for more info: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/distemper-NAP-09042013:article
Summary:
The lawsuit stemming from puppies that came home from area pet stores with distemper, in some cases dying from the condition, is moving ahead.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Moshe Jacobius in late May ruled in favor of a request from the Happiness Is Pets store chain to dismiss the action, but allowed provisions for filing an amended complaint naming the specific stores being implicated, within a specified time period.

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Published in CAPS News

Publication/Event date: 2013-08-11
Publication name: Chicago Now
URL for more info: http://www.chicagonow.com/raining-cats-dogs/2013/08/chicago-pet-events-august-11-to-august-18/
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) will hold an informational protest from noon until 3 p.m. at the Happiness is Pets at 15647 S 94th Ave in Orland Park. At this dog and family-friendly event, the group will highlight the connection between puppy mills and pet stores.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-03
Publication name: Naperville Sun
URL for more info: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/19787272-418/a-dogged-pursuit-of-pet-protections-with-teeth.html
Summary:
Gammy, my maternal grandmother, used to opine that the only canines worth bothering with are the big, hairy, slobbery sort.
“It’s not really a dog, you know,” she’d declare in her trademark stage whisper, tongue firmly in cheek, as she sized up a chihuahua, Shih Tzu or yorkie.

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Published in CAPS News
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:13

Bea the Star

Publication/Event date: 2013-03-26
Publication name: Bea's Beat
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/2013/03/25/257/
Summary:
The last couple of months have been purely magical. Ever since February 2013, CAPS’ “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” campaign has been all over the USA. Our PSA “This Is the Face of a Puppy Mill Dog,” starring me and fabulous model Kiley Wirtz-Jennings, has aired on PBS stations in Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Chicago. Being the star in a PSA isn’t enough for a girl like me, though! Ever since I was a pup, I’ve had big goals and the last couple of months I’ve seen some of those dreams come true. This is all so exciting!

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Publication/Event date: 2013-02-18
Publication name: Cindy Lu's Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2013/02/bea-on-tv-this-is-face-of-puppy-mill-dog.html#.USLuc1rwJFl
Summary:
Former puppy mill dog, Bea, has made many friends and fans these days. Starring next to the beautiful model, Kiley Wirtz, she has posed in a special video and print message to raise awareness about puppy mills and the pet shops that profit from them.

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Published in Happiness is Pets
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:04

Live Life Humane: Protest at Happiness is Pets

Publication/Event date: 2013-01-23
Publication name: Tails
URL for more info: http://www.tailsinc.com/2013/01/live-life-humane-protest-at-happiness-is-pets/
Summary:
Recently, my organization Live Life Humane had its first event. Partnering with the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), we held a peaceful puppy mill protest. CAPS has been doing these protests for years, some of which resulted in pet stores transitioning to a humane business model.

The main store that CAPS targets in the Chicago area is Happiness is Pets (or Happiness is NOT Pets, as we call it). This chain has been selling puppy mill dogs for more than 25 years, and CAPS has received numerous complaints from customers who purchased puppies there. At the end of 2011, this chain of five stores was selling puppies with distemper, a highly contagious but preventable virus. CAPS holds regular protests at the Lombard and Orland Park locations, and is currently assisting a Chicago law firm with a lawsuit against Happiness is Pets on behalf of customers who purchased sick and dying puppies.

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Published in Happiness is Pets
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 20:00

Another CAPS Victory; Villa Park Ordinance

The Companion Animal Protection Society would like to thank CAPS Chicago Campaign Coordinator Ida McCarthy, assisted by Chicago Outreach Coordinator Dianne Arp with support from Chicago Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Kaminski and all of our Happiness is Pets protesters. Villa Park, IL has banned the sale of pet shop puppies and kittens unless the pet shop has owned the building for at least one year. They also banned the sale of companion animals in flea markets, parking lots, etc. On to other towns in Illinois!! This is just the beginning.

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Villa Park Ordinance
AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF VILLA PARK, DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTABLISHING LICENSE AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PET SHOPS AND KENNELS
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Published in CAPS News
Thursday, 26 July 2012 20:00

Shut HIP Down!

Help CAPS shut HIP down! Join the protests!

Happiness is NOT Pets at Orland Park
15647 S 94th Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462
August 12, 2012 Sunday from 1pm-3pm
Facebook event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/289205237854107/

Happiness is NOT Pets at Lombard
616 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, Illinois 60148
July 28, 2012 Saturday from 1pm-3pm
Facebook event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/204463333012582/
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Bea's Beat

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Deborah Howard

Deborah Howard

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Class Action Lawsuits

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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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