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Publication/Event date: 2012-09-03
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
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Tensions between owners of the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue and protestors who have been demonstrating outside, hoping to raise awareness about puppy mills for the past few months, took a dramatic turn on Sunday as police were called to the scene.

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Monday, 23 July 2012 20:00

Wake-Up Call for Western Europe

Publication/Event date: 2012-07-19
Publication name: Cindy Lu's Muse
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Summary: Today we are honored to host our friend Leo, of Kenzo the Hovawart. Please welcome him as he shares his important message:

In Western-Europe we take pride in our legislation that ensures the welfare of dogs. Puppy mills and the sale of dogs through pet shops is restricted, if not banned. When we watch the different American SPCA dog rescue shows on our television sets we see a familiar picture. Overpopulation, pet stores, puppy mills, abandoned dogs in shelters. Strays. That's how it was over here 20 years ago. Glad we are so far ahead and fixed these issues, we put it in a little box labeled "American conditions", shake our heads and go on with our day.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2009 20:00


Boston, MA (1888PressRelease) May 2, 2009- An undercover investigation by the Companion Animal Protection Society ( has revealed that Elite Animals of West Hollywood sells dogs from puppy mills in the Midwest and is defrauding customers, lying about the conditions where the dogs are from. The city of West Hollywood, CA passed a resolution against the sale of puppy mill dogs last year. Elite Animals has ignored efforts by the City of West Hollywood to come in for a meeting to discuss the evidence in an open forum with representatives from several national animal welfareorganizations.

The evidence from the undercover investigation of the mill that supplies Elite Animals revealed dogs living in deplorable conditions. The dog enclosures were overcrowded and filthy. The dogs were sick, injured and crammed into rusty cages that are full of feces and urine. In the undercover investigation of Elite animals, a clerk lied to CAPS investigators posing as customers that the dogs were "raised in a house." The same clerk admitted selling a Pomeranian from the same breeder to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Schwarzenegger was a victim of fraud if he believed his dog was from a reputable breeder.

Elite Animals also told undercover investigators they could buy puppies imported from Russia. The clerk claimed his wife owned the shop and that he could import "whatever you want." It is illegal and dangerous to import dogs under the age of six months. Elite Animals was in violation of the law by not posting the breeder information in clear view outside the animal enclosures in the store. Please click here to view the video of the investigation.

"Elite Animals is using our Governor’s good name to sell puppy mill puppies. Governor Schwarzenegger was a victim, like so many consumers who buy pets in pet stores thinking the pet is from a reputable breeder.

No reputable breeder ships dogs to pet shops or sells on the Internet.

The evidence from the breeder who supplies Elite Animals is some of the worst I've seen. There is only one way to describe the evidence: Silence of the Lambs. The dogs are in anguish, living out their wretched lives crammed into cages without any mercy. If our own Governor can be lied to this way, any innocent consumer can be lied to and this has to stop.

During this historic economic crisis, we ask that people relieve our overburdened municipal shelters instead of buying animals in pet shops.

Elite Animals is not unique in this regard. Pet shops are all puppy mill fronts and the pets sold in them are from pet factories. The progressive City of West Hollywood has been extremely supportive of animal welfare issues and will be putting an ordinance banning the sale of puppy mill dogs on the agenda." - Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director of The Companion Animal Protection Society, author of "The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife” and investigative reporter for American Dog Magazine.

"Living with a puppy mill survivor, I'm well aware that these pet stores support an industry that is nothing short of legalized torture. 'Baby' was used like a breeding machine at one of these houses of horror, never allowed out of a small cage for 8 years, and had her vocal cords cut so the puppy mill owner wouldn't have to hear her cries. She's just one of countless dogs living in torture at this very moment. Elite Animals, like all puppy mill fronts, is to blame for these atrocities against man's best friend." - Dr. Jana Kohl, guardian of Baby, a puppy mill survivor and author of “A Rare Breed of Love.”

Join the Companion Animal Protection Society and local celebrities for a protest at Elite Animals Pet Store on Saturday May 2, 2009.

WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society
WHERE: Elite Animals, 8729 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood
WHEN: Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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For more information please contact Carole Raphaelle Davis at 310-990-5758 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Thursday, 03 February 2005 19:00

CAPS Investigation of Puppy Love Kennel 2005

Stoltzfus, Joyce

Joyce Stoltzfus
Puppy Love Kennel
267 Riverview Rd.
Peach Bottom, PA 17563

CAPS Investigation: 2/4/05
USDA license would be required if S. 1139 passes

Approximately 300 dogs and puppies. Breeds: Pekingese, Puggles, Pit Bull Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Cock-a-poos, Boxers, various mixed breeds

Puppy Love Kennel had two separate facilities, one of indoor pens housing puppies only, and another of outdoor pens housing adult dogs and puppies.

Indoor puppy pens
These pens were inside a wooden barn about 25 feet wide and 40 feet long. The barn had a peaked roof, a doorway accessing it on one side, and five puppy pens on each of its longer sides. There was artificial lighting and concrete flooring in the barn.

Each pen measured about eight feet long and eight feet wide, with four-foot-tall wooden walls between pens and on the hallway-side of each pen. There were about a dozen puppies in each pen, each about eight to twelve weeks old and of varying breeds, including Pit Bull Terriers, Puggles, German Shepherds, Beagles, and various mixed breeds.

Each of the hallway walls had a sliding wooden doorway with a metal latch on the outside. Metal bars ran from the top of each wall to the ceiling. One side of the hallway had several bags of wood shavings piled up against it in three different places. The pens themselves had a layer of wooden shavings several inches thick thrown over their floors. More than 24 hours’ accumulation of feces was evident, as dried feces were visible in the shavings that had been thrown over old feces and urine not removed.

Each pen contained two plastic food dishes, a foot in diameter and four inches deep. They were filled to their tops with about three days’ worth of food for each pen and covered with a tan powder. Plastic water dishes in each pen were filled with murky brown water.

One black German Shepherd puppy, less than two pounds in weight, appeared emaciated. The stomach appeared sucked in and its ribs, spine, and hips clearly visible under its taught skin. One pen contained a white Pit Bull puppy, which appeared to weigh two pounds. The puppy appeared lethargic, convulsed slightly as though it was coughing, and had thick green mucous draining from its eyes and nostrils. The puppy’s eyes were nearly swollen shut, and it did not move at all while observed for several minutes, other than turning its head from side to side.

Outdoor pens
The other part of this kennel, within a hundred feet of the puppy barn, consisted of several rows of outdoor pens surrounded by a six-foot-high chain link fence about 60 feet long and 40 feet wide. The chain link sections surrounding the outdoor rows had green plastic strips set in them which blocked view into the compound from the outside.

Each row had ten adjacent pens, each measuring about seven feet long, three feet wide, and four feet high. Each cage was made of chain link wiring with the back two feet of each cage enclosed in wood with a doggy door framed in metal allowing access between these sections. Each cage contained five to eight dogs of various breeds and ages. Pekingese, Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Lhasa Apsos, Beagles, Basset Hounds, German Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, Maltese, Jack Russell Terriers, American Eskimos, and various mixed breeds were present. All of the dogs with white fur had yellow stains in their fur, and many dogs had wet fur.

The first row of pens against a 40-foot section of the privacy fence had the sides with chain-link doors facing to the inside of the compound. The second row of pens faced the first, the third row backed to the second row, and the fourth row faced the third row. Two rows of cages that faced each other had another row of four cages in a perpendicular row between them.

All were raised above the ground by two-foot-high wooden stilts and had treated wire flooring. Wooden beams framed the bottoms of the pens. All of the wood was painted red, with paint peeling in many areas and revealing a white coating underneath. The metal bars at the bottom of the chain link walls were all rusting. One pen, containing two Boxers and a Lhasa Apso mix, had its front chain link wall separated from the metal bar at its base. Metal sheets were used as roofs over the pens. There were several lights placed on the roofs of the kennel rows, with wiring running along the roofs of the pens. The walls with the doggy doors were covered with while plastic sheeting that had brown stains.

Each cage had a black plastic water bucket attached to its front chain-link door. A water spigot was in inside the kennel, with a water hose strewn across the ground. About three inches of snow and ice were on the ground of this kennel at the time of investigation.

The pens themselves were over concrete flooring, and there were several days’ accumulation of feces under them. There was bright and dark blood as well as mucous in the feces under several cages. One row of cages facing into the compound had the flooring below it raised up about 45 degrees so that urine and runny feces would wash down away from it, though large piles of feces were resting on the grade itself.

Sick, wet, dirty dogs
Several of the dogs and puppies in the outside pens were sick. One was a black German Shepherd mix weighing about 35 pounds with hair loss around its eyes. Another was an Australian Cattle dog puppy, about two months old and weighing about 25 pounds, that had thick green mucous build-up around its right eye and draining from its nostrils.

Two Maltese mixes, each weighing about ten pounds, had dirt and feces covering their soaked and yellow-stained fur. Another pen, containing about five dogs that each weighed about ten pounds, housed a black Poodle mix with large fur mats covering the dog’s face and body.

A black Cock-a-poo puppy weighing about five pounds had thick green mucous discharge from its nostrils. There were four other puppies in the pen with the sick Cock-a-poo, including three mixed-breed puppies each weighing about five to eight pound and a Boxer puppy weighing about 15 pounds.

In one pen was a Boxer weighing about 50 pounds, whose right eye was nearly swollen shut and draining a clear discharge. A Lhasa Apso mix weighing about 15 pounds had long curved toenails and severely matted fur around its face so that its eyes could not be seen and its nose was barely distinguishable.

Several other pens contained dogs and puppies of significantly different weights, such as one pen which housed a 40-pound Corgi mix, a 45-pound short-haired mixed breed, and a Jack Russell mix weighing about 25 pounds.

In several pens, the number and/or size of the dogs precluded all of the dogs occupying the boxes at the backs of their cages at one time and lying in a normal manner or turning about freely. For example, pens housed five dogs that each weighed 25 to 35 pounds, and other pens housed six to eight dogs that were five to 15 pounds in weight.
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I applaud Oprah Winfrey for dedicating an entire show to the issue of puppy mills, rescue dogs and unwanted animals in shelters.

It’s wonderful to see a media powerhouse like Oprah getting behind a cause that The Companion Animal Protection Society has been dedicated to for over sixteen years. We truly hope that this is only the first of an ongoing series.

Oprah's show featured special correspondent Lisa Ling investigating puppy mills, which Ling calls “horrific” and “haunting.” Winfrey says the show is “for anybody anywhere who loves a dog, has ever loved a dog, or just cares about their basic right to humane treatment.”

Based in the greater Boston area, CAPS is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to the protection of companion Animals and is the top investigative force of pet shops and puppy mills in the United States.

CAPS has investigated more than 1,000 puppy mills – mostly USDA licensed breeders and brokers – in the United States and handles pet shop complaints from all over the United States and Canada. CAPS has also rescued a number of unwanted dogs from pet shops and puppy mills and placed them in loving homes.

To raise awareness about the horrors of the pet shops and puppy mills, CAPS has generated stories with the following media: CNN, "Dateline," "20/20," "Hard Copy," Reader's Digest, Life, People, Detroit Free Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer (two front page articles) and numerous local television news stations and newspapers.
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Interview with Deborah Howard talking about Puppy Mills


Publication date: 2009-02-09

Publication name: Animal Wise Radio

Headline: Interview with Deborah Howard talking about Puppy Mills

Summary: Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, talks about their work investigating and reporting on the conditions in America's pet shops and puppy mills. Julie Sherman from the Marine Fish Conservation Network talks about some fishy things going on in the World's oceans. Nathan Winograd from the No Kill Advocacy Center expains why private animal welfare organizations should not try to provide animal control services to their cities and counties.

You may need to fastforward to video as the interviews begins approximately 18 minutes into the segment.
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Riverside California Puppy Mill Hell Hole

Good Dog Animal Rescue with the assistance of The Companion Animal Protection Society rescued sixty two Miniature Pinschers from a substandard breeding facility in Riverside, California on March 3rd 2009.
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Thursday, 05 March 2009 19:00

Internet pets

These days you can buy almost anything online, and why shouldn't you? It saves time and energy that could be spent in other, more productive endeavors. But where do you draw the line? Buying dogs online is one of the latest trends popping up in the cybernetic world. People like Kathy Bauck , a Minnesota breeder facing animal cruelty charges, exploit the Internet's legal limbo to sell dogs bred in puppy mills to virtually anyone across the country. You may think you're buying from a reputable breeder, but the truth is you can't tell from online ads. A few week ago, ABC's affiliate in Boston ran a piece that covered the highly controversial trend, featuring CAPS' investigation on Bauck's business Puppies on Wheels.

Unsuspecting clients purchased dogs from dubious people only to later on deal with the consequences. The animals suffered from diseases such as Parvo, a potentially deadly virus, caused and spread by the dismal conditions in which the pups were bred and kept.

"When they opened up the van door, there were many, many puppies. Cages stacked upon cages and it didn't seem like a breeder selling one litter," said Lynn Rivard, who bought a beagle mix from Puppies on Wheels.

CAPS' video showing Bauck immersing dogs in a diluted but toxic insecticide prompted authorities to take action. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently reviewing the footage and could potentially revoke Bauck's breeding license.

Puppy mill owners' new fad can only be stopped by the spread of information. Online pet transactions are deceiving, regardless of the desperate economic times. Sick puppies and cramped cages are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Animal Planet Airs Special: PUPPY MILLS EXPOSED

Publication date: 2009-04-27
Publication name: Animal Planet
Headline: Animal Planet Airs Special: PUPPY MILLS EXPOSED

Tonight [Monday April 27, 2009] at 10:00 pm (ET/PT), Animal Planet will take viewers into the world of puppy mills with "Puppy Mills: Exposed," a special episode of Animal Cops: Philadelphia. The one-hour segment features the President of Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), Deborah Howard, an expert in the field of puppy mills and pet shops, as she explains the national issue of pet shop and puppy mills for viewers.

The segment uses CAPS undercover video evidence taken in USDA licensed facilities, including the Hunte Corporation, the largest dog brokering facility in the country. The undercover puppy mill footage shot by CAPS investigators highlights the USDA's failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act with respect to wholesale dog breeding and brokering operations.


In its release about the special, Animal planet stated that "like most people, the [customer] had no idea that virtually all pet store puppies come from large commercial breeding facilities - many of which can be considered puppy mills." CAPS knows this problem only too well, having received numerous complaints over the years from pet shop and internet customers who purchased sick and dying puppies.

Please check local listings for channels and show times. For more information on the Companion Animal Protection Society please visit

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Monday, 15 June 2009 20:00

Dog Auctions in Ohio

There’s a movement emerging to ban dog auctions in the state of Ohio. Members of plan to turn in a petition that will appear on the November 2010 ballot and, if successful, will change state laws regarding companion animal auctions.

The auctions are large-scale events in which breeders sell and buy dogs in large quantities. The conditions in which the dogs are kept are no better than those in puppy mills.

In recent years, Ohio has attracted puppy mill operators from across the nation because of the lax laws and regulations concerning the practice of dog auctions. Thousands of unscrupulous mass breeders sell hundreds of dogs like livestock and most of the time the dogs are kept in inhumane conditions.

Breeders convicted of animal cruelty, like the infamous Kathy Jo Bauck of Minnesota and Lanzie "Junior" Horton of Virginia, often travel to Ohio to participate in these profitable large scale auctions. Questionable breeders almost immediately register the dogs with the American Kennel Club (AKC) even though the quality of the purebred dogs is often far from the ideal.

Another effort is also under way in Ohio to include the ban on dog auctions as part of a legislation that will regulate commercial dog breeders. Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 124 would set minimum standards of care for breeders, such as keeping up with basic hygiene and adequate veterinary care.

The push to ban dog auctions, a practice that supports puppy mills, is a welcomed step and will hopefully send a message to breeders that Ohio will no longer be a safe haven for irresponsible breeders. For more information, visit
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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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