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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-03
Publication name: Naperville Sun
URL for more info: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/19787272-418/a-dogged-pursuit-of-pet-protections-with-teeth.html
Summary:
Gammy, my maternal grandmother, used to opine that the only canines worth bothering with are the big, hairy, slobbery sort.
“It’s not really a dog, you know,” she’d declare in her trademark stage whisper, tongue firmly in cheek, as she sized up a chihuahua, Shih Tzu or yorkie.

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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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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-01
Publication name: ABC San Diego - 10 News
URL for more info: http://www.10news.com/news/proposed-ordinance-would-ban-sale-of-dogs-cats-rabbits-bred-from-puppy-mills-or-factory-farms-04302013?fb_action_ids=10151880667433626&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
Summary:
SAN DIEGO - Local animal rights activists are trying to put some pet stores out of business. They want retail shops purchasing cats, dogs and rabbits from factory farms or 'puppy mills' to be shut down.
Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS, is a group aimed to educate pet owners about puppy mills and pet stores who buy from them.

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Fox 5 San Diego: 
Ban proposed on sale of dogs, cats, rabbits in pet stores

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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: 2013-04-25
Publication name: North Fork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/groups/local-connections/p/puppy-mill-protestors-take-public-awareness-campaign-online
Summary:
A group of protestors who stood for months on Route 25 in Aquebogue to raise awareness about puppy mills have continued in their quest for public outreach.
Recently, the Companion Animal Protection Society embarked upon an ad campaign on the Long Island Rail Road to raise awareness.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-04-08
Publication name: Puppy Parlor in Lisle Sells Dogs from Puppy Mills
URL for more info: http://puppyparlorsellspuppymilldogs.blogspot.com/?view=classic
Summary:
The Companion Animal Protection Society has investigated the inhumane breeding facilities that supply Puppy Parlor in Lisle, Illinois.  Visit www.caps-web.org and see the undercover footage of Prairie Lane Kennels, Dennis & Donna Van Wyck. Tammy Coglianese buys her dogs from Oleo Acres, Conrad Kennels, and JAK'S Puppies located in Iowa. The breeders that supply Puppy Parlor have been cited by the United States Department Of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. Read the numerous violations on 17 breeders in business with Tammy Coglianese cited by the United States Department Of Agriculture.

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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.

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 518-455-3240
Fax: 518-426-6738
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FB Page:https://www.facebook.com/markgrisanti?fref=ts
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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:13

All in for animal rights

Publication/Event date: 2013-04-08
Publication name: The Herald-News
URL for more info: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/19270750-423/all-in-for-animal-rights.html
Summary:
Teresa Chiletz, 40, of Joliet, participates in pet-store protests, refuses to wear fur or leather and follows a 100 percent vegan diet.

Chiletz owns two dogs and rabbits and one cat, hamster, mouse and fish, all adopted. She also serves on the board of directors for Joliet’s Cat Overpopulation Planned Endeavor, or COPE, and volunteers for the Midwest chapter of Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS.

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