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Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:00

Irvine bans retail sales of dogs, cats



Carole Sax, CAPS Los Angeles Volunteer Coordinator, spoke at the Irvine City Council Meeting.

Picture courtesy of Brenda Calvillo

Publication/Event date: 2011-10-11
 
Publication name: The Orange County Register
 
 
Summary:
IRVINE – The latest chapter in a fast-growing debate over animal welfare in puppy mills and other venues played out Tuesday night in Irvine, where elected officials backed government intervention to safeguard pets and animals used for entertainment.
 
On a 4-1 vote that drew a standing ovation, the City Council banned retail sales of dogs and cats, rodeos and circuses featuring exotic animals.
 
Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:00

Leading protests for the love of the dogs

If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, check out the Happiness is NOT Pets Facebook event page for details.









Publication/Event date: 2011-10-24
Publication name: My Suburban Life
Summary:
Two Saturdays each month, rain or shine, Ida McCarthy can be found with a group of people protesting outside a Lombard pet store.
They’re upset, she said, because the store, and eight others throughout DuPage County, sell puppies that were bred under inhumane conditions in puppy mills.
More than three years ago, McCarthy joined a group called the Companion Animal Protection Society, which campaigns for humane protection of companion animals in pet stores and puppy mills.
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Publication/Event date: 2012-01-16
Publication name: Examiner.com
Summary:
For some people, finding the perfect pet means one that comes with paperwork stating that they have the perfect parents and perfect background. But, what the paperwork does not tell them is the suffering that many of the parents go through in order to make that "perfect puppy." Many spend their entire lives in harsh wire cages, unable to walk around, with no proper care or attention. Others live in filthy, overcrowded pens and much, much worse. What these people don't know is that perfect puppy sometimes comes with physical and emotional issues due to no fault of its own. The result is pets that end up in shelters and rescues and the never-ending vicious circle of unwanted animals.
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Friday, 02 March 2012 19:00

Puppy Mills Revisited

Publication/Event date: 2012-02-29

Publication name: Pet Health Care Gazette

URL for more info: http://www.pet-health-care-gazette.com/2012/02/29/puppy-mills-revisited/?utm_source=feedburner&;utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetHealthCareGazette+%28Pet+Health+Care+Gazette%29

Summary:
I’ve talked quite a bit here on Pet Health Care Gazette about puppy mills; about the living conditions of the breeding dogs, about the health of the puppies that come out of puppy mills, about why buying puppies (and kittens) from pet stores is a bad idea, about the documentary Madonna of the Mills and so much more.

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Join CAPS for a cocktail party at Boston's Fresh Cosmetics to learn more about the Companion Animal Protection Society's important work on behalf of pet shop and puppy mill dogs (and cats). 
Meet CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice (canine star of the Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills campaign) and receive free samples.
First 25 guests receive a pawtographed photo!

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:35

Animal Advocates Demonstrate in Aquebogue

Publication/Event date: 2012-06-27
Publication name: NorthFork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/animal-advocates-demonstrate-in-aquebogue#photo-10466661
Summary: 
Crusaders hoping to raise public awareness about puppy mills demonstated on Saturday in front of The Puppy Experience on Route 25 in Aquebogue.

Barbara Dennihy of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) said her organization has been working to expose pet shops that use puppy mills to supply their stores.

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Published in CAPS News
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WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) Deborah Howard, Founder and President of CAPS Howard founded CAPS in 1992 and is devoted to the protection of companion animals. She is a frequent guest speaker on the topic and has been featured on Animal Planet, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX. CAPS is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. www.caps-web.org

WHAT: CAPS will kick-off the first in a series of protests against several pet shops in Long Island to draw awareness to the connection between pet shops and puppy mills. Almost all pet shops obtain dogs from puppy mills.

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm ET

WHERE:
The Puppy Experience (Barbara Dennihy will be at this location from 1pm to 3pm for interviews)
487 New York State Route 25, Aquebogue, NY 11931
Yipity Yap
1803 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
Peebles Pet Shop
3669 Route 112, Coram, NY 11727

WHY: These pet shops sell dogs from puppy mills - commercial breeding facilities that mass- produce puppies for resale through pet shops and brokers. USDA licensed facilities are puppy mills. All three stores are linked to several breeders with multiple AWA (Animal Welfare Act) violations. They frequently buys from puppy mills from states in the Midwest, particularly Missouri.
Some of the complaints describe in detail instances of gross neglect, inadequate veterinary care, lack of basic cleanliness, and in some instances animal abuse. A long list of customers complain of sickly dogs who had chronic illnesses that were contracted before purchase. It is important for the public to know the risk of buying a puppy mill dog and the cruel system they'll be sponsoring if they buy a puppy in these places.

The Puppy Experience:
Previously bought from Kathy Bauck (prior to her conviction). Frequently buys puppies from the Hunte Corporation (see video).

Yipity Yap:
They buy from notorious puppy mills in Missouri. Some of these breeders have multiple USDA violations which include inadequate veterinary care and neglect (see video).

Peebles Pet Shop:
They also buy the majority of their pups from Missouri. One of the breeders Kathy and Scott Spencer of Mendon, MO have ten (10) violations, including serious vet care violations (see more information about USDA inspection reports).

HOW: CAPS wants to alert consumers to the problems associated with purchasing puppies from pet shops. At these peaceful protests, CAPS will distribute fact sheets on pet shops and where to adopt in the Long Island area and CAPS brochures. CAPS protestors along with concerned, local residents want local pet stores to convert to a humane business model that dogs from local shelters, especially kill facilities, rather than from puppy mills.

Published in CAPS News
Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:08

USDA Proposes AWA Update

Americans love online shopping. Websites like Amazon and Zappos now compete with big box stores like Walmart and Target, at times beating them in sales. Unfortunately, the shadiest and cruelest pet businesses also ride the lucrative wave of the Internet bubble. Like online scammers, these puppy mill owners disguise themselves as legitimate operations by posting stock photos of cute puppies and staged pictures of their so-called kennels in semi-professional websites. To the average person, these places seem as reliable and safe as eBay, but nothing could be further from the truth...
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2012-06-13
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/usda-proposes-new-rule-to-regulate-internet-dog-dealers
Summary:
As the animal protection movement wages its battle against the maltreatment of dogs in puppy mills, it faces an increasingly powerful enemy—the Internet pet store. The Internet, as helpful as it has been for rescuing animals with sites like AdoptAPet.com, has become a stealth shield for unlicensed breeders looking to make a buck.
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WHAT: CAPS is having a "Day of Demonstration for Puppy Mill Education."
We will be demonstrating at 3 local puppy stores that use puppy mills to stock their stores.
WHEN: Saturday, June 23rd from 1pm to 4pm
WHERE:
1- Puppy Experience, 487 MAIN ROAD ( RTE 25 EAST) AQUEBOGUE, NY (map)
2- Peebles Pet Shop, 3369 RT 112, CORAM, NY (map)
3- Yippity Yap, 1802 JERICHO TURNPIKE, HUNTINGTON LONG ISLAND, NY (map)

If you plan on attending the activity or would like more information, please contact CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy. We need an accurate head count for the permit.
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631-338-7303 

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