Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Global Post
URL for more info: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/140612/teacup-puppies-breeding-mills-abuse
For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.
Suffolk County Legislature approved an amendment that will require more disclosure from pet stores and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills.
Hauppauge, N.Y., June 3, 2014 – Suffolk County became the first in New York State to take advantage of the recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers. Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. spearheaded the changes to local law and drafted the bill with the assistance of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and local store owners. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee had already unanimously approved the bill on May 28 and enjoyed widespread support from the community. The most important provision in Introductory Resolution 1047-14 prohibits pet shops from purchasing animals from questionable breeders with violations on their most recent USDA report.
DOG AND CAT BREEDER REGULATION BILL SIGNED INTO LAW!!
We have great news! Governor Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (H.F. 3172) into law today (May 20, 2014) which included the dog and cat breeder regulation bill! This means the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation bill is now officially law in the State of Minnesota!
THANK YOU for all of your calls, letters, emails, contacts with legislators, and support over the past several years! We finally did it.
Publication/Event date: 2013-07-19
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/cruelty-investigation-launched-dogs-so-matted-they-coudn-t-move
One of the two dogs rescued from the Lancaster, California shelter on July 14th couldn’t even wag his tail when he was rescued. “His fur was so severely matted, his tail was stuck to one side. He couldn’t even move it,” said Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, a dog rescue organization based in Los Angeles.
What: Peaceful Anti-Puppy Mill Protest of Citipups
Where: Citipups – 147 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10011
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013; from 6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST
Why: Citipups purchases dogs from known puppy mills in the Midwest. These inhumane breeders have hundreds of dogs crammed into small cages. In some cases, dogs come from trash-filled facilities that fail to pass minimum USDA requirements for sanitation. There are reported cases of dogs with preventable diseases like kennel cough, parasites, Giardia, Coccidia, Bilateral Cryptorchidism, ulcers, Demodectic Mange, and multiple infections. Lack of adequate veterinary care is rampant in most of the Citipups suppliers. Selling dogs from these mass breeders exposes consumers to sickly dogs that can cause significant financial and emotional strain. The practice is tantamount to consumer fraud.
How: CAPS President Deborah Howard will attend the protest on Wednesday at the Chelsea location of Citipups after appearing in several national and local media outlets. All week long, she will be promoting CAPS' new national advertising campaign, Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills, and working with local CAPS volunteers on the protest. During the protest, CAPS will hand out fliers and brochures to potential pet buyers. Part of our protest will include signs and talks about the cruelty of puppy mills and the pet shops that support them.
Publication name: The Hull Times
URL for more info: http://hulltimes.ma.newsmemory.com/ (page 1 and 11)
When Deborah Howard walked into a pet shop in Atlanta in 1989, she didn’t know that it would change her life forever. Appalled at the conditions of the animals, Howard wondered where they came from and why they appeared ill and uncared for.
Publication name: Komo News
URL for more info: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Loophole-lets-accused-puppy-mill-operator-sell-dogs-online-192901401.html
SEATTLE -- A controversial commercial dog breeder who has been repeatedly fined, had her license suspended, and served jail time near Seattle for animal-related violations continues to sell dogs over the Internet because of a loophole in federal regulations, a KOMO News Problem Solvers investigation has found.
Companion Animal Protection Society protests pet shop in Lisle, Illinois for selling puppy mill dogs.
LISLE, IL, February 2, 2013 – Local pet shop Puppy Parlor advertises on their website huge store-wide sales but they exclude puppies. They find other ways to entice buyers with already low prices on dogs. The problem: selling pets from puppy mills might be a cost cutting move, but it comes with a high collateral price.
Publication name: The Herald-News
URL for more info: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/17708922-423/homes-for-the-homeless.html
When Greg Gordon, owner of Dog Patch Pet and Feed in Naperville, transitioned from acquiring dogs from small, private breeders to offering only rescue dogs, he worried the public might think his previous acquisitions were shady and that they’d dislike the change.
Neither was true.
Publication name: Tails
URL for more info: http://www.tailsinc.com/2013/01/live-life-humane-protest-at-happiness-is-pets/
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.