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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:08

Homes for the homeless

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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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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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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Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 20:00

Another CAPS Victory; Villa Park Ordinance

The Companion Animal Protection Society would like to thank CAPS Chicago Campaign Coordinator Ida McCarthy, assisted by Chicago Outreach Coordinator Dianne Arp with support from Chicago Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Kaminski and all of our Happiness is Pets protesters. Villa Park, IL has banned the sale of pet shop puppies and kittens unless the pet shop has owned the building for at least one year. They also banned the sale of companion animals in flea markets, parking lots, etc. On to other towns in Illinois!! This is just the beginning.

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AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF VILLA PARK, DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTABLISHING LICENSE AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PET SHOPS AND KENNELS
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UPDATE: THE VILLA PARK MEETING WAS CANCELLED. We were informed they cannot pass the ordinance. There is a clause in city law that prevents them from doing this. Please try and contact whoever you invited to attend.

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Ban Sale of Dogs and Cats Ordinance - Villa Park, IL — Monday, August 13th at 7:30pm CDT
NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOLKS!!! We are on the agenda at the next Villa Park council meeting on August 13th at 7:30pm (CDT). It's an open meeting and anyone can attend and speak.
We are trying to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, in flea markets, parking lots and farmers markets. It would be great to see some Villa Park residents speak up, so please if you know anyone in Villa Park who would be willing to just stand up and say "I support the ordinance" that would be great!
You only have 3 minutes to speak I believe, and just that one sentence would be fine. It's all about HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOW UP TO SUPPORT THIS. It would be the FIRST city in Illinois. Let's make some history :)
Meeting will be held at the Villa Park Municipal Bldg, 20 S. Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, which is about 10 minutes from the Oak Brook Mall. It's a small brick bldg next to the Police Dept. Park in the Jewel lot across the street, as the Municipal Center has a small parking lot.

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Published in CAPS News
Thursday, 23 October 2008 00:05

Dogs Rescued by CAPS from Lorton's Puppyland

Dogs Rescued by CAPS from Lorton's Puppyland - USDA Investigation

Buck

Buck: Buck is an eight to nine-year-old male Great Pyrenees. He had very matted fur, mouth ulcers and gum disease. He had many fleas and ticks even though the breeders had coated him with motor oil to control pests. Buck had a chronic infection of the testicles that caused sterility. He is afraid of men. Buck lives in a foster home.

Daisy

Daisy: Daisy is an eight to nine-year-old Great Pyrenees. She had a severe skin condition from improper nutrition and neglect, badly matted fur, mouth ulcers and gum disease. Daisy is being treated for irritable bowel syndrome caused by anxiety. She is afraid of men and watches people's hands and feet. Daisy lives in a foster home.

Willie

Willie: Willie is a seven-year-old male Dachshund. He has lived in at least two puppy mills and two homes and is very afraid of men. Improper nutrition caused him to lose hair on his ears and tail. His chest, abdomen and testicles have black, leathery sores. Willie has a permanent home with a woman and her young son.

Mollie and Lokie

Molly and Lokie: Molly is a six-year-old Chihuahua. She had a severe case of coccidia. During her spaying, our vet found afterbirth still in her uterus. She had gum disease, and the vet had to remove most of her teeth. Her two-month-old puppy, Lokie, had coccidia and kennel cough. Molly lives in a foster home, and Lokie just found a new family.

Boscoe

Boscoe: Boscoe is a Jack Russell Terrier. He has a new home and is a therapy dog at a school for people with special needs.

Happy

Happy: Happy is a Boxer. She was living in a rusty mink cage. After staying in a state-of-the-art rescue facility, she found a new home with another Boxer.

Published in Illinois
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:45

Wear, Janet - Wear Kennels

Breeds: Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers, English Bulldogs Present in the kennel at time of investigation: about 30 dogs and seven puppies

The indoor facility at Wear Kennels is a barn about 80 feet long and 30 feet wide, constructed of metal with a peaked, metal roof and concrete flooring.

A single doorway led to a storage room about 20 feet wide and 30 feet long. Food, medical, and cleaning supplies were stored in this room, through which a doorway led to the kennel itself. Though several windows in the facility allowed sunlight into the kennel room, the artificial lights in the kennel were off and the lighting was too dim to clearly see the condition the dogs without the aid of another light source (3.2(c)-Lighting).

The kennel area had three rows of cages, spaced within five feet of each other. Each row consisted of about 10 cages set adjacent to each other, with each cage being about three feet tall and long and 2.5 feet wide. The cages were raised about two feet off the ground on plastic stilts supporting plastic bases for the cages. Each cage was constructed of treated, thin-gauge wire, with plastic roofs.

Most of the cages housed a single adult dog, with some cages housing either a whelping mother and puppies or several puppies. One pen contained a whelping Yorkshire Terrier mother and two puppies that appeared to be about four to six weeks of age. Two plastic strips, one three inches tall and three feet long, and the other six inches tall and a foot long, were used to contain the Yorkshire Terriers within a space about three feet long and a foot wide within the cage. Two pieces of carpeting covered most of the wire floor in the confined area, though there were still uncovered spaces that would allow the puppies’ paws to slip through the wire floor (3.1(a)- Structure; construction).

A second cage with similar containment area housed four Pug puppies, each about eight weeks old. The whelping containment area had carpet strips almost entirely covering its flooring. There were also two plastic food dishes and a plastic water dish on the flooring of the cage outside of the whelping area, requiring the puppies to step onto the wire, where their paws would slip through the wire, to eat and drink (3.1(a)-Structure; construction).

A third cage contained two Pugs about six months old, and half of the cage flooring had one inch thick plastic strips with holes smaller than those of the treated wire.

A fourth cage, with the whelping containment area but with no dogs in it, had feces-stained carpeting inside (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). A fifth cage, also empty, had several days’ worth of feces trapped in the wire flooring (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).

All of the cages had self feeders for food and water that were placed several inches above the wire floorings, and all of the feeders were chewed and stained with excreta and moldy food (3.9(b)-Feeding).

The concrete flooring below the cages was stained from excreta, and in one place had water and urine piled up in pools that ran between the two rows of cages furthest from the doorway. The pools, up to 18 inches wide and three feet long, were present along the length of each row of cages (3.1(c)(2)-Surfaces); (3.1(f)-Drainage and waste disposal).

Published in Illinois
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:30

Plank, Paul - Kaskaskia Creek Kennel

About 10 dogs and 10 puppies. Breeds: Lhasa Apsos, Mixed Breeds

Paul Plank’s kennel is a single story building with white vinyl siding on its walls. It had double-tiered outside and inside cages which were connected by doggy doors on both sides of the building. Each row contained eight cages. The bottom cages were raised about a foot above the ground, and the top cages were set about a foot above the bottom cages. Each row had a plastic sheet underneath it angled toward the building for catching feces and urine.

There were about 10 puppies in the kennel, including three Lhasa Apsos in one cage (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures), four 8 pound black and white short-haired puppies in another cage (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures) and three puppies that appeared to be 8 pound Maltese in a third cage (3.6(c)(1)(i)-Primary enclosures). Large amounts of feces were under the cages. Much of it was old because it was dried and white (3.11(a)-Cleaning). The four black and white puppies had a pile of feces under their outside cage. Hundreds of flies were swarming around the kennel (3.11(d)-Pest Control).

The inside cages had treated wire doors and floors, plastic siding and roofs and PVC pipe used for the corners. These cages also had plastic sheets underneath them angled towards the walls of building to catch feces and urine. The inside cages had red plastic self feeders placed on them. There were eight cages on top and bottom of each side of the building. Four of them were accessible through doggy doors from the outside cages, while the other four were not. Piles of old, dried white feces were under these cages, as well (3.11(a)-Cleaning). Mr. Plank left the door to this building open. Therefore, flies were swarming inside the building (3.11(d)-Pest Control). The walls of the inside cages and sheets used to catch feces and urine under them, though made of white plastic, were stained brown. Some of the brown stain appeared rubbed away from the cage walls, as if the stain (probably feces) could be wiped away, but was not being cleaned by Plank (3.11(b)(1)-Sanitization).

Paul Plank told me that he previously had a USDA license, though when he tried to renew his license for this year, he filled out the wrong form. He said that the USDA never sent him the correct form, and then laughed and said, “So I’m just gonna’ leave it at that.” Plank also said that he sells his dogs to Betty Morris in Galatia, IL (33-B-0234). Section 2.1 requires Mr. Plank to have a USDA llicense. Under 2.132, Ms. Morris can only buy dogs from dealers who are licensed or legally exempt under the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore, she is also violating the Animal Welfare Act.

Published in Illinois
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