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Publication/Event date: 2013-03-18
Publication name: North Fork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/local-puppy-mill-protestors-launch-ad-campaign-on-lirr
Summary:
Puppy mill protestors who spent months demonstrating on Route 25 in Aquebogue last year have embarked upon an advertising campaign.

Deborah A. Howard, president of the Companion Animal Protection Society, said ad posters have been placed in both Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad cars.

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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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Please sign! Help us put a stop to the 7th Annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam by checking out our change.org petition posted by CAPS General Counsel John Maher.

Summary:
As demonstrated by the public outcry in response to the 7th Annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam, a squirrel killing contest which promotes the idea and practice of CHILDREN KILLING ANIMALS sponsored by the Holley, NY Fire
Department, the US government should not continue to subsidize sadistic entities, such as the Holley Fire Dept., who promote the recreational killing of animals. We expect an ethos of care and concern, not recreational killing or torture or animals, from emergency workers -- especially those receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds.

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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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Published in CAPS News
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 17:52

Animals in Staten Island need YOUR help

Two weeks ago, Superstorm Sandy swept through the East Coast, affecting numerous states. My heart goes out to all individuals who suffered as a result, in particular CAPS' members and protesters in the state of New York. While families are struggling to get back on their feet, many animals are also dealing with the storm's aftermath. Greatly affected are feral cats whose shelters were destroyed by the heavy rains and wind. Please donate to theStaten Island Hope Animal Rescue, a wonderful group that has been working non-stop to help companion animals amidst this period of restoration. CAPS already sent them a check this week, will you?  If you live in the area, please drop off cat food, dog food, and/or cat litter at theSusan E. Wagner High School which is serving as a shelter for people and animals displaced by the storm. Please check the links below to help our four-legged friends in need.

Sincerely,
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Deborah Howard
CAPS President 

Related links:


Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue

Sandy Relief Fund

SI Feral Initiative

Sandy Animal Relief Benefit

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 16:47

Puppy Protestors Voice Safety Concerns

Publication/Event date: 2012-10-22
Publication name: NorthFork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/puppy-protestors-voice-safety-concerns
Summary: 
Demonstrators who have gathered outside The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue to raise awareness about puppy mills are concerned about public safety.

Barbara Dennihy, of the Companion Animal Protection Society said this week that demonstrators who congregate on Route 25 outside the store on weekends are "very concerned" about the number of cars that cross the double yellow line to enter and leave the parking lot of The Puppy Experience.

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:35

Animal Advocates Demonstrate in Aquebogue

Publication/Event date: 2012-06-27
Publication name: NorthFork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/animal-advocates-demonstrate-in-aquebogue#photo-10466661
Summary: 
Crusaders hoping to raise public awareness about puppy mills demonstated on Saturday in front of The Puppy Experience on Route 25 in Aquebogue.

Barbara Dennihy of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) said her organization has been working to expose pet shops that use puppy mills to supply their stores.

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WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) Deborah Howard, Founder and President of CAPS Howard founded CAPS in 1992 and is devoted to the protection of companion animals. She is a frequent guest speaker on the topic and has been featured on Animal Planet, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX. CAPS is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. www.caps-web.org

WHAT: CAPS will kick-off the first in a series of protests against several pet shops in Long Island to draw awareness to the connection between pet shops and puppy mills. Almost all pet shops obtain dogs from puppy mills.

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm ET

WHERE:
The Puppy Experience (Barbara Dennihy will be at this location from 1pm to 3pm for interviews)
487 New York State Route 25, Aquebogue, NY 11931
Yipity Yap
1803 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
Peebles Pet Shop
3669 Route 112, Coram, NY 11727

WHY: These pet shops sell dogs from puppy mills - commercial breeding facilities that mass- produce puppies for resale through pet shops and brokers. USDA licensed facilities are puppy mills. All three stores are linked to several breeders with multiple AWA (Animal Welfare Act) violations. They frequently buys from puppy mills from states in the Midwest, particularly Missouri.
Some of the complaints describe in detail instances of gross neglect, inadequate veterinary care, lack of basic cleanliness, and in some instances animal abuse. A long list of customers complain of sickly dogs who had chronic illnesses that were contracted before purchase. It is important for the public to know the risk of buying a puppy mill dog and the cruel system they'll be sponsoring if they buy a puppy in these places.

The Puppy Experience:
Previously bought from Kathy Bauck (prior to her conviction). Frequently buys puppies from the Hunte Corporation (see video).

Yipity Yap:
They buy from notorious puppy mills in Missouri. Some of these breeders have multiple USDA violations which include inadequate veterinary care and neglect (see video).

Peebles Pet Shop:
They also buy the majority of their pups from Missouri. One of the breeders Kathy and Scott Spencer of Mendon, MO have ten (10) violations, including serious vet care violations (see more information about USDA inspection reports).

HOW: CAPS wants to alert consumers to the problems associated with purchasing puppies from pet shops. At these peaceful protests, CAPS will distribute fact sheets on pet shops and where to adopt in the Long Island area and CAPS brochures. CAPS protestors along with concerned, local residents want local pet stores to convert to a humane business model that dogs from local shelters, especially kill facilities, rather than from puppy mills.

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Call again & get others to do the same.
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Today's Your Last Chance to Protect the Voices--and Lives--of Dogs and Cats in New York. 
The NYS Assembly Took a Humane StandBy Passing the Devocalization Ban As Written. BUT Lobbies That Profit From DevocalizationHave Influenced Senators. Without Your Voice,The Ban Will Die in the NYS SENATE. Make the 2 Calls Below Even If You Already Have.Tell the Senate (scroll down for corrected link): "I Want the Devocalization Ban toBecome Law As Written Now. And I Vote." DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO ANOTHER DOG OR CAT!

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