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Sunday, 24 April 2011 20:00

Pet Trend: Designer Dog Breeds

Publication/Event date: 2011-04-21

Publication name: ABC News WCVB TV

URL for more info:;section=1206833

Summary: Genetically engineered hybrids, like the Yorkie Poo, are on the rise.

Shame on ABC and the Wall Street Journal for their stories in designer dogs, which mostly come from puppy mills. ABC even featured a pet shop in NYC.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:00


Forwarded from an e-mail sent by Leanne Fritsch:

"Governor Nixon has just signed SB113 which repeals Prop B. The "compromise" being voted on today was contingent on SB113 not becoming law so MAAL and HSMO should no longer be supporting the compromise. IF SB161 ("compromise") passes we will not be able to take Prop B back to the voters. Tell your MO state rep to VOTE NO ON SB161. The opponents of Prop B can't wait to get this compromise passed while those of us fighting for Prop B don't want it passed---what does that tell you? If SB161 passes the millers will win.
Share with everyone ASAP."

Check out the following websites:

Missourians for the Protection of DogsSB 113 Bill Summary

Missouri House of Representatives (List)

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Nixon signs bill weakening Prop B; legislature agrees to debate governor's compromise

Missouri House approves dog-breeding compromise bill

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:00

Bea explains it all

Beatrice wearing her pink Snood from DogLeggs

Although I no longer chew on some of Mother’s possessions (like her pretty shoes, shiny cell phone, and pink lace bra), I am still a puppy at heart. I've come a long way to be the princess I am. Before I arrived at the doorstep of my true home, all I knew was neglect and wire cages. My name is Beatrice, my fans call me Bea, and my story began eight years ago in a puppy mill.

I was only four months old when Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) investigators saved me from a horrible place in South Dakota back in 2003. The USDA-licensed puppy mill bred Basset Hounds like me for the pet shop industry. I was neglected and the humans in that hellhole didn't really seem to care for our well-being. I remember overhearing them talk about us. They said that because of my deformed elbows they couldn't use me for breeding, they didn’t want my 18-month-old mama because she had produced a dog with deformities, and they no longer had any use for my grandma because she wasn’t having large enough litters. As if that was the only thing we would ever be good at – producing litters at a dog factory! Boy, how we proved them wrong!My biological mom, Grace, tried her best to keep me safe and well fed, but she was also a victim of the puppy mill trade, just like her mamma, Millie (may she rest in peace). The only humans that embraced me there were from CAPS, a national non-profit organization that investigates puppy mills and pet shops to protect companion animals like myself from animal cruelty.

Grandma Basset, Millie

Grandma Basset, Millie

Bassets in Truck

Millie, Grace, and Beatrice

When the CAPS investigators drove us halfway from South Dakota to meet up with Kansas City-based Mid America Basset Rescue, I knew it couldn't get any worse, so I wagged my tail in anticipation. Even my mamma and grandma were getting out of there! Thanks to my foster folks, Jim and Chris Bly, who took care of me for nearly eight months at their Basset refuge in Kansas, I eventually found my way to the loving home of CAPS President Deborah Howard, aka Mother, when I was about a year old. Mama Basset moved in with Eric Whitaker and Rebecca Goodvin in Lincoln, Nebraska and Grandma Basset joined Tim and Lori Sanders' household in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

Mama Basset, Grace

Mama Basset, Grace

Unfortunately, my troubles didn't end with the rescue. I was born in a very bad environment where they never gave me adequate veterinary care. I was sick with severe mycoplasma pneumonia. I have scarring on my lungs that still haunts me today. They also told my mother that I had congenital luxation of the radial heads of both elbows (I walk with a limp). By the tender age of four, I already had glaucoma, just like Grace and Millie, both of whom developed it later in life than me. I'm blind in my left eye and my right eye has undergone two laser surgeries. I was recently diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart muscle) by Dr. Barret Bulmer, a cardiologist at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, MA. From a young age I had more problems than a senior dog -- something that happens often with us puppy mill dogs. Sometimes I feel bad for Mother and CAPS because of all they have put up with in vet bills and medications (I use four eye drops and a pill which costs hundreds of dollars a month), but they have never left me and do everything possible to get me back on my paws.

Baby Beatrice

Baby Beatrice

My health problems are a constant worry for my favorite human. She wants to make sure I'm comfortable and healthy. Plus, being the puppy mill spokesdog for CAPS, I have to be healthy and fit. Besides my regular vet care, I've had holistic treatments. With all my health concerns, it was important to address them early. I believe CAPS and Mother want the very best for me. We've tried acupuncture treatments, herbal supplements, massages, and loads of hugs. Since I'm such a trooper, I never complain, especially when they give me hugs and my favorite – tummy rubs.

Because of my condition, it's not easy for me to exercise like other dogs, but I'm becoming a great swimmer! My favorite treatment is the pool at the Sterling Impression Animal Rehabilitation Center of New England in Walpole, MA. I'm not afraid of a little water and each session is fun. The lovely humans there bring out the heat packs upon arrival, followed by a relaxing massage and stretching. Afterwards, I get to go on a refreshing dive while strengthening my muscles. I use an underwater treadmill (my current record is 8.5 minutes! Beat that you other Bassets!) and a wobble board. I'm not a big fan of swimming because I hate wet ears, but I put up with it, especially because I know the worst are the ice packs that come afterwards! Cathy Symons, a certified veterinary technician and Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner who works at SI, found me a pink (my favorite color!) swim snood at DogLeggs, so much better than my mother’s gold lap swimming Speedo cap! I know all this is supposed to be a workout, but it feels more like pampering playtime -- which a princess like me is entitled to.

Thanks to all that therapy, I'm a cheerful, normal pooch. Like I said before, I've come a long way. I know that thanks to CAPS, Mid America Basset Rescue (now known as BassetsRus Retirement Ranch, INC), Sterling Impression, and all the vets and professionals who have treated me throughout the years, I can run around the yard chasing squirrels, sunbathe on decks, or go up the stairs to snuggle in a blanket when it's cold outside. In many ways, I think I'm much better now than when I was a puppy. I'm stronger, smarter, and happier than ever.

Now I'm the face of rescued puppy mill dogs. I help CAPS expose those scary, horrible places to put an end to all the suffering. I never want what happened to me to repeat itself. I know that's a lot to wish for, but all dogs deserve a family like mine. When I'm not campaigning against dog breeding facilities and pet shops, I'm cheering and supporting Mother and the people behind the CAPS organization while they address the abuse and suffering of dogs like me through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, rescues, consumer assistance, and pet industry employee relations. I often blog about my comfortable life on “Bea’s Beat” and help Mother by making guest appearances in shows such as FOX News’ “Strategy Room” with Rick Leventhal (if I could hold a pen, they would've all asked for autographs, maybe a paw stamp will do for next time). I'm going to pose soon with beautiful, successful models, just like me, for a CAPS ad campaign in Dallas. The work never ends, but I love it.

Beatrice and Carrot from FOX's

Beatrice hanging out with Carrot from FOX News' "The Strategy Room"

Until next time, don't forget to check the CAPS website,, for more information about pet shops, puppy mills and me!
Publication/Event date: 2011-05-08
Publication name: ABC 7 KABC-TV Los Angeles News
URL for more info:
CENTURY CITY, Calif. (KABC) -- Animal rights activists picketed outside a Mexican restaurant in Century City on Sunday because the eatery had a donkey painted hot pink for a Cinco de Mayo promotion.

Pink Taco, a restaurant with a penchant for garnering national publicity with its salacious name, stationed the painted donkey outside its Westfield Century City mall door as a promotion.

The restaurant's spokesman said two animal handlers were with the donkey all day and the animal was comfortable, not mistreated and appeared happy.

About two dozen protesters wanted the restaurant to apologize.

"It was shaved, it was dyed and it was transported like cargo," said Marina Lee of the Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS.

Carole Davis, speaking for the CAPS, said "We think that it's in very poor taste at best and we're concerned that it was abusive to the animal."

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We can't believe all the press CAPS is getting over the Pink Taco fiasco. Check it out!

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Act. Forward. Post to Protect MA Shelters and Rescues.
What’s wrong with this picture?
In Massachusetts, people who breed and sell dogs and cats for profit are not regulated.

If House Bill 1445 passes, only nonprofit organizations that rescue abused and unwanted animals will be. House Bill 1445--sponsored by dog breeders— would subject nonprofit animal shelters and rescue groups to increased regulation by the Dept. of Agriculture.

Incredibly, breeders remain unregulated in Massachusetts.

When animals are kept for profit, there is all the more reason for oversight to protect them from unsafe, unsanitary and inhumane conditions and practices. Fact is, dogs and cats no longer useful for breeding or exhibition are among those left homeless. Some suffer the horrible consequences of neglect, because they were considered nothing more than money-makers. Shelters and rescue groups absorb significant expense to heal and rehome these animals.
Yet House Bill 1445 would regulate only shelters and rescue groups. Making it more difficult for them to operate, while leaving breeders unscrutinized, may be good for the breeders' bottom line--every animal adopted is one less sold. But it’s bad for dogs and cats, as well as people who choose to rescue rather than purchase them.

This prejudicial legislation must be amended to include regulation of dog and cat breeders or defeated.

House Bill 1445 is unfair and unbalanced. It discriminates against the nonprofit organizations that rescue, heal, shelter and find homes for unwanted and abused animals.

Act Now to Protect the Protectors of Dogs and Cats!

· Find your State (Beacon Hill) Rep: OR 1-800-392-6090.
· Call, fax or visit during business hours. Emails are not as effective.
· If you get voicemail, leave a brief message: “I urge the Representative to defeat House Bill 1445.  I’m NAME, and I live at ADDRESS.”
· Then call again until you can speak with an aide.
· If you email, put this in the subject line: Constituent Opposes H1445.
· Encourage other animal lovers to contact their State Reps too! Breeders have mobilized to pass this self-serving legislation. Without every caring voice, they will win—and animals, as well as their rescuers, will lose.

· “I urge you (the Representative) to defeat House Bill 1445, which would increase the Dept. of Agriculture's regulation of animal shelters, but leave dog and cat breeders unregulated.  I’m a constituent, and this legislation is unacceptable to me. I’ll be following it.”
· Add, in your words: This bill creates an unfair double standard that regulates nonprofit shelters and rescue groups, whose sole mission is animal welfare, while breeders who profit from dogs and cats remain without oversight. It must be amended to include regulation of breeders or defeated.

Testify at the Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 11, 1 to 5 p.m.
Statehouse, Room A-1

The Companion Animal Protection Society and animal rights activists protest Lancaster City Council Hearing tonight on ordinance to permit horse driven carriages.

PRLog (Press Release) – May 24, 2011 – Companion Animal Protection Society

Who: Companion Animal Protection Society (
Contact: Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, CAPS 310-990-5758

WHAT: West Coast office of CAPS and L.A. animal rights activists going to Lancaster City Council hearing to protest Ordinance No. 965, adopting Chapter 5.54 of the Lancaster ordinance to permit Horse-Drawn Vehicles. Animal rights activists will be joining CAPS to demand that this type of animal cruelty not be allowed in Lancaster.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24th at 5 PM

WHERE: Lancaster City Hall
44933 N. Fern Avenue 
Lancaster CA 93534

“This is 2011, not 1911 and we do not use animals as beasts of burden in the civilized world. Has the City of Lancaster forgotten that we had an industrial revolution? London, Paris, Beijing, Toronto, Santa Fe, Key West and Las Vegas have all banned this cruel industry. This form of  so-called entertainment is exploitative and humane standards of care are impossible to enforce. The average working life of a carriage horse on the streets is under four years compared to a police horse whose working life is about 14 years. The animal protection community will not tolerate this form of abuse and Lancaster can expect an effective protest campaign in their city to put a stop to it if we have to.” ---Carole Raphaelle Davis, West coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society

Media contact: Carole Davis, CAPS 310-990-5758
Publication/Event date: 2011-05-25

Publication name: Antelope Valley Press

URL for more info:

Author: Alisha Semchuck

LANCASTER - City Council members, in a split vote, paved the way for horse-and-buggy operators to take customers for rides along The BLVD.

Despite objections from some animal-rights advocates, Vice Mayor Ron Smith along with council members Sherry Marquez and Ken Mann voted in favor of a motion that introduced an ordinance that would allow horse-drawn vehicles to function as a business along the renovated main drag of downtown Lancaster on a trial basis.

Mayor R. Rex Parris abstained from the vote, stating he needed more information, and Councilman Marvin Crist cast the single "no" vote.

Kelvin Tainatonga, assistant to the city manager, told council members that city staff conducted more research to ensure the health and safety of the horses as well as of pedestrian and motor traffic in the area - the maximum temperatures a horse can work in, the maximum weight load of passengers that horses can pull, how to deal with the clean-up of horses' feces, and how to provide horses with proper rest and enough water.

Tainatonga said the city staff has heard "complaints of horses being spooked on the streets."

Horse carriage drivers must have sufficient training so they can immediately control their animals in case a situation like that occurs to prevent injury to the horse and people in the area.

"I suggested you require driver testing," said Monica Whitmer, co-owner with husband Jack Whitmer of Sweetwater Ranch in east Lancaster. The Whitmers are seeking a business permit from the city to operate the horse-drawn carriage rides as an entertainment attraction on The BLVD.

"The driver is responsible. It is a matter of a partnership between driver and horse," Monical Whitmer told council members.
The relationship she has with her horse is one of trust. Her horse relays any concerns, and she handles the situation, Whitmer said.

"My horse is so traffic-trained. He has been on The BLVD four times. No problems. My horses like to work. They meet me at the gate. They're happy to do the job," she said.

She's bottle-fed her horse and had him in her house, Whitmer said, adding, "He's more a child than a horse."

Protestors disputed some of her claims, and asked the council to vote down the business-permit request.

"Antique cars or dune buggies (are) way better than cruel horse-and-carriage rides," said Carole Sax, a Los Angeles resident affiliated with the Companion Animal Protection Society, a nonprofit animals rights organization.

"No horse should be anywhere near an 18-wheeler," said Carole Davis, the West Coast director of the Companion Animal Protection Agency.

Davis' comment was in response to Monica Whitmer's comment that her horse didn't even spook on a road where 18-wheelers sped past.

Though Davis does not live in the area, she comes to Lancaster often for animal-rights issues.

"I'm a frequent and unwanted guest," Davis said. "Cities around the civilized world have banned this cruel and inhumane entertainment. If you pass this ordinance, horses will suffer."

"Consider the skittish nature of horses," said Nan Dillinger, another Los Angeles resident. "They are prey, not predators."

Because of the hot summer temperatures in the Antelope Valley, made hotter on asphalt roads, horses can die of heat stroke if worked when the mercury rises, she said.

A couple of the protestors asked the council to view the movie "Blinders" before they voted on the issue.

"I know there are people out there that have concerns," Smith said. "Animal cruelty is a crime."

But Smith disagreed that horse-drawn carriages constitute animal cruelty. "My decision is how do we manage a business license. That's our main question," he said.

"Our citizens are going to be very upset being behind a carriage," Crist said. "I don't see this as necessary at this time."

"I'd like to watch that DVD on 'Blinders,'" Parris said. "I want to watch the DVD before I vote on this."

Forwarded from CPRPets (Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets): Please read. Act. Forward.

Stella DevocalizedStella

What Happened to Stella Shouldn't Happen To Other Dogs—and Cats—in New York. But It Does.

Here's How You Can Help, No Matter Where You Live.

An AKC breeder had Stella's vocal cords cut to suppress her voice. Devocalization is cruel. And it's more common than you think.

Meet Stella:

A state bill to prohibit canine/feline devocalization is now pending in New York. It was introduced by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski after learning of Massachusetts' new law banning this cruel surgery. The Assemblyman--who has four rescue dogs!--is determined. BUT...

He's up against the same powerful lobbies that tried to kill or add loopholes to devocalization bans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

They include breeders--some order devocalization when they or neighbors don't want to hear their many animals--and the state veterinary association, which exists to protect its members' business interests.

The New York League of Humane Voters (LOHV) is leading the charge to pass NY Assembly Bill 3431-A with help from Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets (CPR Pets), which sponsored Massachusetts' landmark devocalization ban.

CPR Pets--an unfunded, all-volunteer network of people who care about animals--proved that every humane voice makes a difference. Please use yours now.

New York Dogs and Cats Need Your Help No Matter Where You Live.

We're Not Asking for Money.
Just Your Voice to Protect Theirs.

1) Live in New York State?
Contact the League of Humane Voters: ( ) Urge other New York residents who care about animals to do the same. You’ll receive periodic email alerts that tell you how to help end devocalization in your state just by picking up the phone. You may opt-off the list at any time, no questions asked, no hassle.

2) Live Elsewhere?

Forward this email to all your animal-loving friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances in New York State--and throughout the country. Urge them to act now!

Watch and Learn

Meet devocalized dogs and their rescuers:

Hear what vets and shelters say about devocalization:

Hear Porter trying to bark after devocalization:

Fast Facts About Devocalization What are the risks? Devocalization is an invasive procedure that can cause lifelong coughing, gagging and difficulty breathing--or horrific death--regardless of the vet's skill, the instrument used, including laser, or whether vocal cords are cut through the oral cavity or an incision in the neck. The less-invasive procedure has a higher risk of internal scarring that can block the airway, impairing swallowing and breathing.

Surgery to correct airway obstruction can cost thousands of dollars--and may need to be repeated. Who would have a dog or cat devocalized? People who keep many animals for profit or hobby are the vast majority of those ordering canine/feline devocalization.
Some sell these animals without disclosing they have been devocalized.
Do animals benefit? Devocalized animals--including those no longer useful for breeding or exhibition--are given to shelters and rescue groups for the same reasons as any other dog or cat. They face great risks without any benefit.
Shame on ABC and the Wall Street Journal for their stories on designer dogs, which mostly come from puppy mills. ABC even featured a pet shop in NYC.

Publication/Event date: 2011-03-20

Publication name: The Wall Street Journal

URL for more info:

Please, don't call these dogs mutts.

They're goldendoodles, cockapoos and puggles and they are among the most popular cross-bred dogs in the U.S., according to the American Canine Hybrid Club. Nipping at their heels are cavachons, shih-poos and schnoodles, says the organization, which has registered and named 671 different hybrid combinations since it started registering litters in 1990.

More dog owners are looking to create custom varieties that combine in a single dog the best traits of two purebreds. This has spawned an industry of breeders who specialize in hybrids. (Hybrid pooches, of course, have been created naturally for centuries in back yards, alleyways and other places where mutts mingle.)

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Thursday, 02 June 2011 20:00

Devocalization Ban in NY

CPRPets Forward:

The vets and breeders are killing our pending state devoc ban in NY. We need it reported out of committee favorably, as written, on June 7!!!

Animal lovers in NY State: Ban cruel devocalization of dogs & cats. Call 518-455-4807 by 6/3. Urge the Agriculture Committee to put A3431-A on its 6/7 agenda & pass as written. Voicemail? Leave a short message, call again. The breeding & veterinary lobbies want to kill/dilute this bill; they profit from devocalization!
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