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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
Published in CAPS News
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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KPFK Interview with West Coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, Carole Davis, about the lack of enforcement by Los Angeles Animal Services regarding spay & neuter and the anti-puppy mill ordinance.

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Friday, 31 January 2014 13:58

Village tightens animal sale regulations

Publication/Event date: 2014-01-27
Publication name: mySuburbanLife.com
URL for more info: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2014/01/16/village-tightens-animal-sale-regulations/ax6mg9y/
Summary:
LOMBARD – In an effort to better protect animals, Lombard trustees last week approved an ordinance amending the village code pertaining to animal sale regulations.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 18:50

Wellington bans commercial pet sales

Publication/Event date: 2014-01-28
Publication name: News Channel 5 / WPTV
URL for more info: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/wellington/wellington-outlaws-commercial-sale-of-dogs-and-cats-at-pet-stores
Summary:
WELLINGTON, Fla. - Wellington has outlawed the commercial sale of dogs and cats at all pet stores within village limits.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-01-14
Publication name: CAPS Blog
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/new-york-governor-cuomo-signs-puppy-mill-bill-into-law/
Summary:
Albany, N.Y. - On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.740-A/S.3753-A or the “puppy mill bill” into law. The new legislation, which the New York State legislature passed last summer, will allow local governments, like New York City, to enact stricter laws regarding pet dealers. Municipalities in New York will now be able to pass ordinances like those sponsored by the Companion Animal Protection Society in California, Illinois, and Florida.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-12-16
Publication name: Mission Times Courier
URL for more info: http://scoopsandiego.com/mission_times_courier/community_news/judge-denies-request-to-temporarily-lift-ban-on-san-diego/article_7e21073c-66bd-11e3-a711-001a4bcf6878.html
Summary:
The city of San Diego can continue to enforce its ban on the retail sale of pets while a lawsuit against the ban makes its way through court, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 21:57

'Puppy mill’ law wins first round

Publication/Event date: 2013-12-16
Publication name: U-T San Diego
URL for more info: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/16/sd-puppy-mill-ban-wins-first-round/
Summary:
The legal battle over whether retail stores in San Diego can sell dogs and cats is underway and the city won the first round.
A federal judge has denied a request by pet shop owners for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the city from enforcing the new law until their litigation is settled.

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