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

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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
Publication/Event date: 2013-04-08
Publication name: Puppy Parlor in Lisle Sells Dogs from Puppy Mills
URL for more info: http://puppyparlorsellspuppymilldogs.blogspot.com/?view=classic
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society has investigated the inhumane breeding facilities that supply Puppy Parlor in Lisle, Illinois.  Visit www.caps-web.org and see the undercover footage of Prairie Lane Kennels, Dennis & Donna Van Wyck. Tammy Coglianese buys her dogs from Oleo Acres, Conrad Kennels, and JAK'S Puppies located in Iowa. The breeders that supply Puppy Parlor have been cited by the United States Department Of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. Read the numerous violations on 17 breeders in business with Tammy Coglianese cited by the United States Department Of Agriculture.

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Published in CAPS News
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

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.

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Saturday, 26 January 2013 20:24

Puppy Parlor Protest 1-26-2013

Publication/Event date: 2013-01-26
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://tinyurl.com/auvgwxk
Summary:
Thank you to everyone for your continued support to stop puppy mills! There are dogs locked up in cages in the back room of this place. And here are the statistics from the Illinois Department Of Agriculture:
2-17-2012  55 adult dogs - 40 puppies
4-20-2012  60 adult dogs - 50 puppies
7-6-2012  60 adult dogs - 45 puppies
How many dogs can we cram in those cages? This store is probably around 400 square feet. The back room? Who knows....nobody cango back there and see the dogs stacked in the cages. In my opinion, this is inhumane. If anyone has bought a sick or dying dog from puppy parlor, please go to www.caps-web.org and fill out a pet store complaint form. Thank you!
Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:08

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Publication/Event date: 2013-01-21
Publication name: The Herald-News
URL for more info: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/17708922-423/homes-for-the-homeless.html
Summary:
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.

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Published in CAPS News
Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:05

Peaceful Protest at Puppy Parlor

Publication/Event date: 2013-01-19
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/announcements/peaceful-protest-at-puppy-parlor
Summary:
Wow! Look at all these dedicated people spreading the word about where the puppies at puppy parlor come from, puppy mills. Not only do they use JAK'S puppies, Oleo Acres and, Conrad Kennels, in my opinion they are breeding dogs in the back room. According to the Illinois Department Of Agriculture reports we have, there are 40 - 60 adult dogs in the back room, 2 to a cage. Once again, I ask, where do these dogs go to the bathroom? When are they taken for a walk? When do they get vet care? When are they socialized? If you go to petabuse.com and search for Oleo Acres, you'll find a report stating that 2 men from Iowa delivering the dogs from Oleo Acres in Iowa were convicted of animal cruelty in Chicago in 2012. The police found the dogs stacked in cages, covered in urine and feces. Please visit www.caps-web.org and see the undercover investigation on Van Wyck, Prairie Lane Kennels, another mill this place uses. And to those two little creepy men walking around harassing us all day? We'll be back just to see you.
Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:26

Puppy Parlor Pet Shop: Puppy Mill in Lisle, IL?

Publication/Event date: 2013-01-15
Publication name: Cindy Lu's Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2013/01/puppy-parlor-pet-shop-puppy-mill-in.html#.UPbhb6FU7vk
Summary:
Much like in a residence, most visitors to the Puppy Parlor enter and spend their time in the front section (or parlor, if you will). Few ever step foot in the rear of the building, and definitely no visitors. The back room of the Puppy Parlor in Lisle has apparently been a well-kept secret - until now. Concerned citizens have expressed that it appears to be a puppy factory in its own right, within a store that sells dogs from puppy mills.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2012-12-24
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/announcements/puppy-parlor-on-main-street-protest
Summary:
Puppy Parlor on Main St. in Lisle sells dogs from puppy mills. This store sells dogs from Dennis & Donna Van Wyck, Prairie Kennels, a puppy mill in Iowa, and many other puppy millers.  The Companion Animal Protection Society has the undercover investigation of this kennel, please visit www.caps-web.org to view it.  And if that's not bad enough, we would also like to know why there are over 40 adult dogs, two to a cage, being fed with hamster tubes in the back of the store.  The cages are stacked on each other, three high.  Are the dogs breeding back there?  That's how the puppy millers do it.  They put two dogs in a cage and force them to breed.  The owner will not allow anyone to view the back room, but we have inspection reports from the Illinois Department Of Agriculture with the pictures they took.  Is this a puppy mill in Lisle?   I walked in the alley behind the store and could hear the dogs screaming and crying.  Do they ever get out of the cage?  Just where do these dogs go to the bathroom?  In the cage?  Do they get any vet care?  Do they get anything at all?  The smell by the back door is horrendous!  Please everyone, take a walk back there and get a whiff of this, and hear the dogs screaming.  In my opinion, this is animal abuse and running a puppy mill.  We held a peaceful protest on Sunday and will continue to educate the public every weekend.  If you want to join us, that would be great! Join us at our next protest, Saturday December 29th from 1:00 - 3:00. Please contact me at CAPS, website above,  Ida McCarthy, if anyone has any information on this place.  Thank you!

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2012-10-15
Publication name: Cindy Lu's Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2012/10/making-history-in-illinoisvilla-park.html#.UHyK1ml24VI
Summary: 
History was made this Fall in Illinois.  Villa Park became the first town in the state to pass an ordinance banning most sales of dogs and cats within its borders. Villa Park may be the first, but there are many towns now considering a ban as well. Pet shops will undoubtedly find it more difficult to open new stores, expand to new towns, perhaps even to remain in the buildings they already occupy. For the sake of puppy mill dogs (and all pets for that matter) - the time has come.

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