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*CAPS General Counsel was there at the historic vote after testifying in April. CAPS President Deborah Howard testified last month.

Publication/Event date:
2014-12-17
Publication name: NY Daily News
URL for more info: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/council-passes-bill-ban-pets-puppy-mills-blog-entry-1.2048942
Summary:
The City Council voted to ban the sale of dogs and cats from abusive “puppy mills,” part of a wide-ranging package of legislation to tighten regulations on pet shops.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-12-09
Publication name: Sun Sentinel
URL for more info: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-tamarac-puppy-mills-20141209-story.html
Summary:
Tamarac doesn't have a puppy mill problem — and officials here want to make sure it doesn't.

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New York, N.Y., November 24, 2014 – An important public meeting regarding a proposed local law (Ordinance 55) regulating pet shops will take place on November 24, 2014. Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) Founder and President Deborah Howard will testify in support of the bill. CAPS has played a vital role in providing statistical proof that retail pet stores in New York City sell puppies sourced from puppy mills with USDA violations. When Int. No. 55-A was introduced for the first time, CAPS General Counsel John Maher was among the first to testify in support of the bill. The proposed amendment would significantly improve the New York City Retail Pet Sales Law and related ordinances concerning spay, neuter, and micro chipping requirements. Ordinance 55 will also place tougher restrictions on pet shops in New York City.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-18
Publication name: The Regional News
URL for more info: http://www.theregionalnews.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/34027-orland-park-law-aims-to-protect-puppies-and-inform-buyers
Summary:
The Orland Park Village Board voted unanimously Monday to adopt an animal and consumer protection ordinance that requires pet shops to provide written disclosures for each dog sold in a conspicuous location on or near the animal’s holding cage or in a centrally located area in the pet shop.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Lawsuit postpones Cook County 'puppy mill' ban

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-13
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/ct-puppy-mill-ban-fight-met-20140911-story.html
Summary:
A federal judge ordered a delay Thursday in Cook County's new law targeting so-called puppy mills that is being challenged in federal court and suburban town halls.

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San Diego, CA, September 15, 2014 - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), the City of San Diego, and others, and invited an application for attorneys’ fees and costs.

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A lot has happened since “Puppy Doe” was dumped near a playground in Quincy, MA last summer.
Read the following article about House Bill 4244 (a bill that would raise the penalties, fines, and imprisonment for those who abuse animals) and CAPS' work with Massachusetts State Representative Bruce Ayers and other animal welfare groups drafting a bill that would ban the sale of puppy mill animals in MA pet shops.

Publication/Event date: 2014-07-10
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/07/10/quincy-legislator-activists-raise-stakes-against-animal-abuse/goiZWP7xLr2c2nmWzAt8XK/story.html
Summary:
State Representative Bruce Ayers grew up in Quincy with a black Labrador named Smokey. A dog lover, Ayers was appalled, along with the rest of us, over “Puppy Doe,” the female pit bull dumped in bushes near a playground in Quincy last summer. Puppy Doe had been starved, stabbed, beaten, and left for dead.

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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.

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Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. will hold a press conference on June 3, 2014 to discuss proposed changes to a local law regulating pet shops and pet dealers. They will be meeting with members of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and pet store owners to show support for the amendment before it reaches the floor for a final vote on Tuesday. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee already unanimously approved the bill on May 28. The bill will be the first of its kind in New York State, following a recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers.
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.

When: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Where: Suffolk County Legislature; William H. Rodgers Building; 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge 11788
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Message from Speak Up for Minnesota Dogs and Cats Coalition:

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.
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