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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-02
Publication name: Fox 5 San Diego
URL for more info: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/05/01/council-considers-pet-store-ban-on-sale-of-dogs-cats-rabbits/#axzz2SFH7hRNu
Summary:
Wednesday the City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee heard a heated debate over the proposal, but ultimately decided to move forward. The ordinance will now go before the entire City Council for a vote.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-01
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/san-diego-poised-to-ban-the-sale-of-puppy-mill-pets
Summary:
Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.

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Published in CAPS News
SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 1, 2013 – San Diego takes one step closer to stopping the puppy mill cycle by considering a ban on the retail sale of companion animals. These actions mirror other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), in cities across the US and Canada.

The City Council of San Diego meets today to consider an Office of the City Attorney's draft of a CAPS proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within San Diego. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California like West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles, passed similar legislation.

The Council's Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhood Services meeting includes a discussion of the ordinance details and supporting evidence. CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and CAPS began as far back as June, 2012. A group of other animal welfare organizations formed later to assist this effort.

David Salinas, owner of San Diego Puppy, will be represented by Mike Canning, CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and is expected to speak against the ordinance. According to various sources they will argue shelters and rescues are trying take down the competition by pushing legislation. CAPS own investigation into Salinas' various business, including his pet shop and earlier online ventures, concluded he obtained dogs from known puppy mills.

The meeting will take place today (May 1, 2013) at 2:00 PM PST. Marti Emerald is the current Public Safety and Neighborhood Services chairperson.

Location: Council Committee Room, 12 Floor,
City Administration Building 202 C Street,
San Diego, California.

Contact CAPS for more information about the ordinance, investigations into San Diego area pet shops, or CAPS ongoing national awareness campaign (Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-29
Publication name: La Mesa - Mount Helix Patch
URL for more info: http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/poll-should-cities-ban-the-sale-of-dogs-and-cats-from-retail-outlets
Summary:
In late 2010, after 22 months of weekly protests, a pet store in Grossmont Center went out of business amid accusations it sold “puppy mill” pets—often-sick dogs that included one bought by an Iraq war veteran.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-26
Publication name: Southwest Riverside News Network (SWRNN)
URL for more info: http://www.swrnn.com/2013/04/26/pet-stores-under-fire-by-watchdog-committees-in-san-diego/
Summary:
The City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled next week to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

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San Diego To Consider Ban On Retail Sale Of Animals
Published in CAPS News
Friday, 19 April 2013 10:42

Keep Senate Bill S 3753 Alive

Message from CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy:
UPDATE:
Great News!!
Patty Ritchie Chair of New York State Ag and Markets has COSPONSORED the bill S 3753! This is huge.
Asking everyone here to PLEASE EMAIL ONLY, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NO CALLS!
Thank her for supporting bill S3753, her leadership, and all she is doing to help New York state and companion animals. Ask her to make it a priority to pull the bill for a vote this senate session May, June 2013. Show her the LOVE.
Also email senator Grisanti the bill sponsor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank him for his sponsorship of senate bill S 3753. Thank him for all he is doing to protect not only the citizens of our great state , also our companion animals. Ask him to urge senator Ritchie to put the bill S 3753 out for vote this senate session 2013.
Thank you all for your hard work to get this bill to where it is. We are almost at the finish line.

HELP HELP HELP !! NEW YORK STATE ANIMAL ADVOCATES
PLEASE MAKE THE CALL SEND THE EMAIL

We have to keep Senate Bill S 3753 alive so it's passed this legislative session.
This bill will allow local municipalities to regulate pet dealers to combat puppy mill abuse!
We all MUST contact the bill's sponsor, Senator Mark Grisant.
Call/write or email to thank him for Bill S3753. Ask him to keep working towards its passage in the Agriculture Committee.

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Phone: 518-455-3240
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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-17
Publication name: ABC News
URL for more info: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/calif-bill-thwart-animal-investigations-killed-18980244#.UW8CzivwJMl
Summary:
A California bill that would have limited undercover farm animal abuse investigations has been pulled by its author amid stiff and growing opposition.

A spokesman for Republican Jim Patterson, of Fresno, said he pulled the bill just three hours before it was to be voted on by the Assembly Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. The spokesman, Mike Zimmerman, did not say why.

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Publication/Event date: 2012-10-31
Publication name: Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
URL for more info: http://www.maal.org/los-angeles-says-no-to-missouri-puppy-mills/
Summary:
The Los Angeles City Council voted NO to puppy mill cruelty. It did so by passing an ordinance prohibiting the sale of dogs in pet stores in the City of Los Angeles. The only exceptions are for dogs obtained from a municipal animal shelter, non-profit rescue, or humane organization. The ban also prohibits the sale of cats and rabbits in pet stores.

This is a commendable effort to halt the cruelty of puppy mills and it will have a direct impact here in Missouri. The City Council recognized that many pet stores in Los Angeles were nothing other than puppy mill outlet stores. The Council realized that if citizens of Los Angeles continued to purchase puppies that originated from Missouri, the cruelty of puppy mills would continue unabated. The Council acknowledged that the ultimate solution to puppy mill cruelty rests at the retail end of the business.

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Published in Ordinances
Publication/Event date: 2012-12-18
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-sad-failure-of-ohio-s-legislators-to-protect-pets
Summary:
What do seven Ohio companion animal bills all have in common?

They all dealt with animal cruelty and they all died in the 129th General Assembly over the past twelve months!

Ohio legislators have epically failed the state’s companion animals this year. Seven bills seeking to protect them and to strengthen animal welfare laws were introduced and all seven expired without a final hearing and vote.

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