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Editor's Note: This story was changed from its original version to reflect the fact that although a lawsuit was threatened, no legal action was ever commenced by Kaphan against CAPS.

Publication/Event date:
2013-07-22
Publication name: Northfork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/groups/breaking-news/p/puppy-experience-owner-found-dead-in-riverhead-motel
Summary:
Riverhead town police have confirmed that Scott Kaphan, owner of the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue, has died.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-25-13
Publication name: Smithtown Patch
URL for more info: http://smithtown.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/pet-shop-back-on-track-with-state-inspectors
Summary:
A new pet shop in the Smith Haven Mall has passed its recent state inspections after being cited in May for not logging veterinary care for several sick puppies in the shop.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013 18:46

The NYS Senate Bill S3753 PASSED!


Message from CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy:

New York State Animal Advocates: The bill has passed, the bill has passed!
The NYS Senate Bill S3753 allowing local municipalities HOME RULE on pet dealers in our communities PASSED!

THANK YOU ALL for being part of this life changing bill.
ALL your phone calls, emails, prayers made the passage of this bill possible.
Puppy mill dogs, pet shop puppies and consumers will all benefit from the passage of this bill.
Thank you to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and her staff, Senator Mark Grisanti and his staff.
Without their commitment to animal welfare this bill would have never been.
Please, please send them a thank you email!

We now need Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law.
Still have much more work ahead of us on a local level, but not today.

Today we CELEBRATE!

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From Lauren Schuster, Esq from Assemblymember Rosenthal's office. Begging! Last day to act on mill dogs sold in pet stores...

Hi Everyone,

Lauren here from Assemblymember Rosenthal's office.  As I am sure you have all heard by now, Assemblymember Rosenthal passed A.740-A last night in the Assembly.  We have all been working really hard to get this bill through because it will restore municipality's authority to regulate pet dealers, and ultimately help put an end to puppy mills.  Assemblymember Rosenthal and Senator Grisanti are dedicated to passing this bill and making it law, but we have just heard that there is a group of Republican senators who are working to block the bill.  The fate of this bill is in serious jeopardy.

At this point, we really need to mobilize.  We are working on our end to head this off, but we need to generate tons of calls into Senate offices starting now.  I know you have all been emailing and using FB and Twitter and for that we cannot thank you enough, but we need calls and we need them now.

If there is any group that can do this, I know that it is this one!  You are some of the most dedicated advocates for animal rights we have ever worked with.  We need your help now.  Please share this email with your friends wherever they live and ask them to make calls as well. 

If you have any questions, please call me at 212.873.6368 or email me back here.

Thank you in advance for helping to put an end to puppy mills by making this bill law!

Lauren Schuster
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Lauren Schuster, Esq.
Chief of Staff
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
230 West 72nd Street, Suite 2F
New York, NY 10023
p. 212.873.6368
f. 212.873.6520
Keep up with Linda Rosenthal on Facebook!
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Check out the following pictures of the CAPS table at the "Annual Smithtown Festival Day" in Smithtown, NY.
About 15,000 people attend every year for the various vendors, entertainment, and food.
CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy took a booth for the second year in a row to educate consumers about pet shops and puppy mills.
There was lots of interest this year. The huge "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" banner had people stopping by all day to ask about the campaign and our work.
Dennihy also spoke about New York State Senate Bill S3753 and how New Yorkers can help get it passed. Passage of this bill will allow local municipalities to regulate pet dealers in NY state communities.
Thank you Barbara for your hard work and dedication!
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Message from CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy:
PLEASE HELP ! HELP ! HELP ! THIS IS IT!

NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS and ANIMAL ADVOCATES

THIS IS IT!!

Thank all of you for helping move New York Senate bill S 3753 forward. This bill is going for a full senate vote SOON.
This is the New York State senate bill that will lift the preemption in NYS Agriculture law that FORBIDS municipalities from enacting a better standard of care on pet dealers in our communities.

If this legislation (SB 3753 and AB 740) becomes law, then the licensing system established under state law will no longer be the preeminent law. Localities would be free to pass their own law.
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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.

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Phone: 518-455-3240
Fax: 518-426-6738
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:11

Peaceful Anti-Puppy Mill Protest of Citipups

Who: Companion Animal Protection Society

What: Peaceful Anti-Puppy Mill Protest of Citipups

Where: Citipups – 147 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10011

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013; from 6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST

Why: Citipups purchases dogs from known puppy mills in the Midwest. These inhumane breeders have hundreds of dogs crammed into small cages. In some cases, dogs come from trash-filled facilities that fail to pass minimum USDA requirements for sanitation. There are reported cases of dogs with preventable diseases like kennel cough, parasites, Giardia, Coccidia, Bilateral Cryptorchidism, ulcers, Demodectic Mange, and multiple infections. Lack of adequate veterinary care is rampant in most of the Citipups suppliers. Selling dogs from these mass breeders exposes consumers to sickly dogs that can cause significant financial and emotional strain. The practice is tantamount to consumer fraud.

How: CAPS President Deborah Howard will attend the protest on Wednesday at the Chelsea location of Citipups after appearing in several national and local media outlets. All week long, she will be promoting CAPS' new national advertising campaign, Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills, and working with local CAPS volunteers on the protest. During the protest, CAPS will hand out fliers and brochures to potential pet buyers. Part of our protest will include signs and talks about the cruelty of puppy mills and the pet shops that support them.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-03-18
Publication name: North Fork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/local-puppy-mill-protestors-launch-ad-campaign-on-lirr
Summary:
Puppy mill protestors who spent months demonstrating on Route 25 in Aquebogue last year have embarked upon an advertising campaign.

Deborah A. Howard, president of the Companion Animal Protection Society, said ad posters have been placed in both Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad cars.

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Companion Animal Protection Society speaks out against the Hazzard County Squirrel Slam in Holley, New York.
squirrel huntHOLLEY, NY, February 1, 2013- The annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam may be a fundraiser for the Holley Fire Department, but for animal lovers everywhere the event is a nightmare. Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit dedicated to protecting companion animals of all species, is calling for a boycott of the event and a global campaign to stop it.

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759 CJC Hwy., #332
Cohasset, MA 02025
p: 339-309-0272
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