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CAPS would like to thank CAPS Illinois Director Ida McCarthy and CAPS Chicago Outreach Coordinator Dianne Dorado Arp for all their hard work on behalf puppy mill dogs. Without them, the proposed ban on the sale of commercially bred pets in Orland Park, IL wouldn't have been possible.

Publication/Event date: 2014-08-19
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/orland-park-homer-glen/ct-orland-puppy-mill-ban-tl-ssw-0821-20140819-story.html
Summary:
A committee of Orland Park trustees Monday endorsed replacing a ban on the sale of commercially bred pets passed in Cook County earlier this year with a local ordinance focusing on disclosure requirements.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-08-04
Publication name: truthAtlas
URL for more info: http://truthatlas.com/models-against-puppy-mills-putting-a-pretty-face-on-a-difficult-scene/
Summary:
For over 20 years, Deborah Howard, founder of CAPS, and her team of investigators have been going undercover, under the guise of employees, in an effort to disclose inhumane and squalid puppy mills and the most egregious offenders of the Animal Cruelty Act. She, along with her team, have witnessed such horrible conditions, including emaciated and mentally anguished dogs, that the scenes haunt them for years.

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The following article mentions CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy:

Publication/Event date: 2014-07-30
Publication name: Long Island Press
URL for more info: http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/07/30/nassau-puppy-mill-bills-becomes-political-football/
Summary:
Two Nassau County lawmakers running against each other for higher office have proposed bills aimed at preventing the sale of dogs from abusive “puppy mills,” turning the issue into a political football.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-07-15
Publication name: Naperville Sun
URL for more info: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/2014/07/15/naperville-city-council-discusses-puppy-mill-issue/
Summary:
Pet store owners and opponents of puppy mills continued their battle before the Naperville City Council Tuesday night.

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A lot has happened since “Puppy Doe” was dumped near a playground in Quincy, MA last summer.
Read the following article about House Bill 4244 (a bill that would raise the penalties, fines, and imprisonment for those who abuse animals) and CAPS' work with Massachusetts State Representative Bruce Ayers and other animal welfare groups drafting a bill that would ban the sale of puppy mill animals in MA pet shops.

Publication/Event date: 2014-07-10
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/07/10/quincy-legislator-activists-raise-stakes-against-animal-abuse/goiZWP7xLr2c2nmWzAt8XK/story.html
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State Representative Bruce Ayers grew up in Quincy with a black Labrador named Smokey. A dog lover, Ayers was appalled, along with the rest of us, over “Puppy Doe,” the female pit bull dumped in bushes near a playground in Quincy last summer. Puppy Doe had been starved, stabbed, beaten, and left for dead.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-06-20
Publication name: Cindy Lu’s Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.blogspot.com/2014/06/which-part-of-pet-stores-sell-puppy.html#.U6YYhI1dUtB
Summary:
Ever feel like a broken record? Ever have the sensation of deja vu? How about preaching to the choir?? Sigh. There's been so much news I wanted to write about lately, matters that are near and dear to our hearts, but it was all about pet stores, puppy mills, and whether to restrict or outlaw the sale of such dogs. And it's always the same. It's so frustrating!! Hence my question: Which part of "Pet stores sell puppy mill dogs" don't you get???!

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:06

Suffolk County Signs "Puppy Mill Bill"

unnamedToday, Suffolk County became the first in New York State to sign a ‘puppy mill’ law. Even though it won’t be an outright ban, it will implement stricter rules for pet dealers and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills. The ‘Puppy Mill Bill’ also brings transparency to the pet dealer business by requiring pet shops to provide the latest USDA inspection reports upon request. After the bill was signed, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone presented the pen used to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy in recognition of her hard work.
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Erin Dale from Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local wrote an amazing article about CAPS' "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" ads in MBTA trains and stations. Click on the link to learn more about CAPS' important work and how our socially conscious campaign came to fruition.

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local
URL for more info: http://cohasset.wickedlocal.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140616986/?Start=1
Summary:
If you ride the commuter rail from the Greenbush station to Boston, you might have noticed an advertisement with an eye-catching combination – models and puppies.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Global Post
URL for more info: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/140612/teacup-puppies-breeding-mills-abuse
Summary:
For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 19:23

Suffolk passes law aimed at 'puppy mills'

The Companion Animal Protection Society worked tirelessly with NY legislators and other organizations to make this bill happen. The "Puppy Mill Bill" allows local municipalities to regulate pet shops.
Special thanks to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy for working so hard to get this bill passed!

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-03
Publication name: Newsday
URL for more info: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/suffolk-passes-law-aimed-at-puppy-mills-1.8325058
Summary:
The law will ban pet stores from selling dogs from "puppy mills" and cat breeders where inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found serious or repeated minor violations.
Serious violations include unsanitary conditions and undersized cages, said Barbara Dennihy, New York director of Companion Animal Protection Society.
"The conditions of the puppy mills are horrific," Dennihy said. "They view these dogs as property."

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759 CJC Hwy., #332
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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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