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Models & CAPS

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

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Erin Dale from Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local wrote an amazing article about CAPS' "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" ads in MBTA trains and stations. Click on the link to learn more about CAPS' important work and how our socially conscious campaign came to fruition.

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local
URL for more info: http://cohasset.wickedlocal.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140616986/?Start=1
Summary:
If you ride the commuter rail from the Greenbush station to Boston, you might have noticed an advertisement with an eye-catching combination – models and puppies.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Global Post
URL for more info: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/140612/teacup-puppies-breeding-mills-abuse
Summary:
For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:23

Suffolk passes law aimed at 'puppy mills'

The Companion Animal Protection Society worked tirelessly with NY legislators and other organizations to make this bill happen. The "Puppy Mill Bill" allows local municipalities to regulate pet shops.
Special thanks to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy for working so hard to get this bill passed!

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-03
Publication name: Newsday
URL for more info: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/suffolk-passes-law-aimed-at-puppy-mills-1.8325058
Summary:
The law will ban pet stores from selling dogs from "puppy mills" and cat breeders where inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found serious or repeated minor violations.
Serious violations include unsanitary conditions and undersized cages, said Barbara Dennihy, New York director of Companion Animal Protection Society.
"The conditions of the puppy mills are horrific," Dennihy said. "They view these dogs as property."

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:11

Suffolk OKs Bill Targeting Puppy Mills

The Companion Animal Protection Society worked tirelessly with NY legislators and other organizations to make this bill happen. The "Puppy Mill Bill" allows local municipalities to regulate pet shops.

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-04
Publication name: Long Island Press
URL for more info: http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/06/04/suffolk-oks-bill-targeting-puppy-mills/
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society, one of several animal advocacy groups that expressed support for the bill, credited Suffolk lawmakers with being the first in New York State to take advantage of a state law passed in January that allows local governments to more strictly regulate pet dealers.

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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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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:01

Happiness Is Pets - Don't Buy The Lie

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-03
Publication name: Happiness Is Pets Sells Dogs From Puppy Mills
URL for more info: http://happinessispetslies.blogspot.com/2014/06/happiness-is-pets-dont-buy-lie.html
Summary:
Happiness Is Pets is a pet store in Illinois that sells dogs from puppy mills. They have a new website and facebook page with pictures of the puppy mills they use. Don't they look great? I just love the one picture of the dogs frolicking in the field of flowers! So pretty and cute!

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Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00

Bea the Belle of the Ball

Publication/Event date: 2014-05-16
Publication name: Bea’s Beat
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/2014/05/16/bea-the-belle-of-the-ball/
Summary:
On April 30, 2014, CAPS held a cocktail party at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center to celebrate the launch of our “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” ad campaign in all of the MBTA commuter trains and at 20 stations in Boston. Even though I had to share the spotlight with ALL of my bratty brothers (Spencer, Wylie, and Oliver), that didn’t stop me from being CAPS’ fabulous spokesmodel. I had so much fun! Hopefully, Mother will be organizing more cocktail parties in the near future.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-04-30

Publication name: Wicked Local

URL for more info: http://cohasset.wickedlocal.com/article/20140430/NEWS/140439743
Summary: 
Meet and take photos with Loren and Wally from 105.7 WROR-FM, local TV news legend Susan Wornick, and Boston Herald columnist and radio host Jaclyn Cashman at the Companion Animal Protection Society’s (CAPS) MBTA Ad Campaign Launch Party.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-03-07
Publication name: The Dodo
URL for more info: https://www.thedodo.com/nyc-proposes-ban-on-puppy-and--456285376.html
Summary:
After years of lobbying by animal welfare organizations, New York City has introduced legislation that will prohibit the sale of pets bred in puppy mills and kitten mills, and also impose strict new requirements on animal care in pet stores.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:08

Orland Park may outlaw 'puppy mill' sales

Publication/Event date: 2014-04-08
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/orland_park_homer_glen/ct-meeting-orland-park-tl-ssw-0410-20140408,0,1606114.story
Summary:
Orland Park trustees are considering banning the sale of pets raised by commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills," in village pet stores.

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If you purchased a sick or dying puppy from Barkworks or Happiness is Pets, you may be able to join consumer class action lawsuits. The first step is to fill out the CAPS complaint form.

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