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A landmark ordinance, spearheaded by CAPS, passed 12 to 2 in Los Angeles prohibiting the sale of commercially breddogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores.

In February of last year, CAPS provided L.A.’s City Council with the results of its two-year investigation into L.A.’s retail pet stores and the California and Midwest commercial breeding factories that supply them. The undercover investigation included video and photographic evidence of puppy mill operators who routinely violated federal law (Animal Welfare Act) as well as state laws to protect animals. CAPS uncovered evidence that L.A.’s pet retailers are currently in business with commercial breeders (puppy mills) who are neglecting and abusing animals, repeatedly violating USDA minimum standards of care. CAPS also discovered that L.A.’s pet stores are fraudulently selling sick and dying animals that come from substandard commercial breeding facilities and misleading consumers.

In addition to its undercover operations, CAPS organized hundreds of protests at Los Angeles pet stores, converting several retailers to a humane business model on which the L.A. ordinance is based. Dogs, cats and rabbits from rescue organizations and our municipal shelter system will now have the opportunity to be adopted by the public in L.A.’s pet stores.

The city attorney’s office has informed CAPS that the sales ban ordinance will officially take effect after next week when it goes for a final vote with a “super majority.”

“After eight years of investigations and protests, we are satisfied and optimistic about breaking the blood money contracts between puppy mill owners who abuse animals and L.A. pet retailers. This ordinance will relieve mill animals and help save the lives of animals who are killed at Los Angeles Animal Services. The 2011-2012 body count is unacceptable, with 9,056 dogs and 12,061 cats killed in our shelters. We are relieved that finally, the cries of L.A.’s shelter animals have been heard. Puppy mills and cruel pet factories will fade into history at last.” Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society.

“Finally, an end to rabbits bred in cruel pet factories who are then trucked to unscrupulous retail animal dealers here in L.A., only to live out their sad lives in a cage. We have high hopes that consumers will now gladly turn to the shelters to adopt homeless and sterilized rabbits.” –Lejla Hadzimuratovic President of Bunny World Foundation

By: Carole Raphaelle Davis, 
West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society

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More information: 
CAPS Ordinances
CAPS on Barkworks
LA City Ordinance - Council File No. 11-0754
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Published in Ordinances
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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Published in The Puppy Experience

CAPS West Coast Director Carole Raphaelle Davis appeared on CNN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" to discuss a horrible hoarding case in Alabama.

Publication/Event date: 2010-04-08
Publication name: CNN
URL for more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT7QeQh1EuE
Summary: Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty When Cops Discover Dogs in Freezer
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2012-02-04

Publication name: philly.com

URL for more info: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/NJ-dealers-of-PA-puppies-charged-with-cruelty-.html

Summary:
Is it the end of the line for New Jersey's most notorious pet shop operator?

Over the last quarter century Nat Sladkin has settled scores of civil suits for selling sick puppies to unwitting consumers.

Now he's facing criminal charges.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2012-07-11
Publication name: WFMY NEWS 2 / digtriad.com
URL for more info: http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/235986/175/Sarasota-County-Commissioners-Approve-Wild-Hog-Hunts
Summary:
Venice, Florida (WTSP) -- Wild hog hunts will be allowed on a piece of county-owned property in Sarasota, despite protests of the plan.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2012-07-10
Publication name: Herald-Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120710/ARTICLE/120719975?tc=ar
Summary: 
VENICE - The screams of a dying pig filled the Sarasota County Commission chambers on Tuesday as animal-rights activists played videos they say show how animals would suffer during proposed hog hunts on county lands.

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Published in CAPS News

Join CAPS for a cocktail party at Boston's Fresh Cosmetics to learn more about the Companion Animal Protection Society's important work on behalf of pet shop and puppy mill dogs (and cats). 
Meet CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice (canine star of the Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills campaign) and receive free samples.
First 25 guests receive a pawtographed photo!

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Published in CAPS News
Fwded msg:
PLEASE attend and bring everyone you can!
1:30 next Tuesday, July 10 at the South County Courthouse, R. L. Anderson County Admin Bldg 4000 South Tamiami Trail, VENICE, FLORIDA
Bring a sign! 
Note rules: "For public safety purposes, no signs or placards mounted on sticks, posts, poles or similar structures will be allowed in County Commission meeting rooms. Other signs, placards or banners shall not disrupt meetings or interfere with a person's ability to observe the meeting.”
We cannot all talk, so let's be seen!
Let the commissioners that we pay know we will not tolerate animal abuse in OUR county!
Published in CAPS News
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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Published in CAPS News
Msg from SDA President Elise Matthes:
PLEASE pass this on to everyone!
The Sarasota County Commissioners' meeting regarding a DOG HOG HUNT has been changed to 
July 10th, Tuesday, at 1:30 at the South County Courthouse, in Venice -4000 South Tamiami Trail.

PLEASE ATTEND - WE NEED NUMBERS THERE TO REPRESENT A HUMANE VOICE.
PLEASE email the commissioners to vote against the proposal to conduct a any hog hunts with dogs on the Deer Creek Preserve and the Shewe Tract.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The ONLY weapons used to kill these huge hogs are DOGS AND KNIVES. That's right, no guns, they are STABBED TO DEATH.
Children are allowed to watch or participate.
The hogs are mutilated and suffer a slow and torturous death. Dogs are often maimed and suffer and can die a horrible death.

There are other viable methods to control the hog population.
We acknowledge the hog population needs to be controlled, but NOT LIKE THIS.

Published in CAPS News
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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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