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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-02
Publication name: KPBS
URL for more info: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/may/02/san-diego-proposal-ban-retail-sale-dogs-cats-and-r/
Summary:
A San Diego proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and commercial establishments was approved Wednesday by the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-02
Publication name: Fox 5 San Diego
URL for more info: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/05/01/council-considers-pet-store-ban-on-sale-of-dogs-cats-rabbits/#axzz2SFH7hRNu
Summary:
Wednesday the City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee heard a heated debate over the proposal, but ultimately decided to move forward. The ordinance will now go before the entire City Council for a vote.

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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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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-01
Publication name: ABC San Diego - 10 News
URL for more info: http://www.10news.com/news/proposed-ordinance-would-ban-sale-of-dogs-cats-rabbits-bred-from-puppy-mills-or-factory-farms-04302013?fb_action_ids=10151880667433626&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
Summary:
SAN DIEGO - Local animal rights activists are trying to put some pet stores out of business. They want retail shops purchasing cats, dogs and rabbits from factory farms or 'puppy mills' to be shut down.
Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS, is a group aimed to educate pet owners about puppy mills and pet stores who buy from them.

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Fox 5 San Diego: 
Ban proposed on sale of dogs, cats, rabbits in pet stores

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SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 1, 2013 – San Diego takes one step closer to stopping the puppy mill cycle by considering a ban on the retail sale of companion animals. These actions mirror other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), in cities across the US and Canada.

The City Council of San Diego meets today to consider an Office of the City Attorney's draft of a CAPS proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within San Diego. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California like West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles, passed similar legislation.

The Council's Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhood Services meeting includes a discussion of the ordinance details and supporting evidence. CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and CAPS began as far back as June, 2012. A group of other animal welfare organizations formed later to assist this effort.

David Salinas, owner of San Diego Puppy, will be represented by Mike Canning, CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and is expected to speak against the ordinance. According to various sources they will argue shelters and rescues are trying take down the competition by pushing legislation. CAPS own investigation into Salinas' various business, including his pet shop and earlier online ventures, concluded he obtained dogs from known puppy mills.

The meeting will take place today (May 1, 2013) at 2:00 PM PST. Marti Emerald is the current Public Safety and Neighborhood Services chairperson.

Location: Council Committee Room, 12 Floor,
City Administration Building 202 C Street,
San Diego, California.

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: 2013-04-29
Publication name: La Mesa - Mount Helix Patch
URL for more info: http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/poll-should-cities-ban-the-sale-of-dogs-and-cats-from-retail-outlets
Summary:
In late 2010, after 22 months of weekly protests, a pet store in Grossmont Center went out of business amid accusations it sold “puppy mill” pets—often-sick dogs that included one bought by an Iraq war veteran.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-26
Publication name: Southwest Riverside News Network (SWRNN)
URL for more info: http://www.swrnn.com/2013/04/26/pet-stores-under-fire-by-watchdog-committees-in-san-diego/
Summary:
The City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled next week to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

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KPBS: 
San Diego To Consider Ban On Retail Sale Of Animals
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CAPS is very proud to announce that after working with the Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee of the City of San Diego’s City Council since early last year, there will be a meeting on March 13 to discuss the drafting of an ordinance to Prohibit the Sale of Cats & Dogs in Pet Stores in the City of San Diego.

This is similar to legislation passed in 30 other cities across the country. CAPS has spearheaded three other similar ordinances in Southern California. Los Angeles was the latest, with 24 stores that will no longer be able to sell puppies from inhumane factory farms.

After our submission early last year of a two year investigation of San Diego Pet Stores, and their puppy mill suppliers, the committee has decided to move forward on this issue.

ALL ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO PROTECTING ANIMALS, PLEASE ATTEND! THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2PM

Where: City Administration Building – Council Committee Room – 12th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA

Please join this important effort!
Published in Ordinances
Publication/Event date: 2012-10-31
Publication name: Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
URL for more info: http://www.maal.org/los-angeles-says-no-to-missouri-puppy-mills/
Summary:
The Los Angeles City Council voted NO to puppy mill cruelty. It did so by passing an ordinance prohibiting the sale of dogs in pet stores in the City of Los Angeles. The only exceptions are for dogs obtained from a municipal animal shelter, non-profit rescue, or humane organization. The ban also prohibits the sale of cats and rabbits in pet stores.

This is a commendable effort to halt the cruelty of puppy mills and it will have a direct impact here in Missouri. The City Council recognized that many pet stores in Los Angeles were nothing other than puppy mill outlet stores. The Council realized that if citizens of Los Angeles continued to purchase puppies that originated from Missouri, the cruelty of puppy mills would continue unabated. The Council acknowledged that the ultimate solution to puppy mill cruelty rests at the retail end of the business.

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For Immediate Release

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.
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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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