News and Press Releases

Pet store owner appeals citations in court

August 9, 2016 Publication: The San Diego Union-Tribune  Summary: OCEANSIDE — The owner of a shuttered Oceanside pet store is suing the city, saying he was forced to close down after officials unfairly expanded the city’s ban on the sale of commercially bred animals. Read the article…Read more

Kingsley kennel owner pleads guilty to making false statements

July 14, 2016 Publication: Sioux City Journal  Summary: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Kingsley, Iowa, dog kennel operator has pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding funds involving a judgment against his company. Read the article ...Read more

Iowa dog breeder pleads guilty to filing false records

July 18, 2016 Publication: Des Moines Register  Summary: KINGSLEY, Ia. —The Massachusetts-based animal rights group Companion Animal Protection Society, which has been pushing the government to act for years, said it's past time Felts is held responsible for the conditions at his kennels."We've been investigating various…Read more

Kingsley dog breeder pleads guilty to making false statements in federal court

July 13, 2016 Publication: The Gazette Summary: Gerhard L. Felts, also known as Gary Felts, 61, operator of Black Diamond Kennel, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to one count of making false statements to the government in connection with a civil judgment…Read more

Pet store closes amid charges of abuse

May 3, 2016 Publication: News 12 Westchester Summary: CAPS investigated American Breeders in Mohegan Lake, NY twice and in Wappingers Falls, NY once. We also went to Best Breeds, the store he owned in Mamaroneck, NY (this store changed owners and names and has since closed).…Read more

NJ Pet Store Owner Charged With 267 Counts of Animal Cruelty: SPCA

February 29, 2016  Publication: NBC New York Summary:A New Jersey pet store owner was charged with 267 counts of animal cruelty after authorities said he exposed healthy animals to ones with infections and diseases and hid three dead dogs in a freezer.The story says there are…Read more

Arlington Heights to await court decision on puppy mills

February 26, 2016  Publication: Chicago Tribune  Summary: Officials in Arlington Heights said they have decided to await the outcome of an Illinois appellate court ruling before drafting a local puppy mill ordinance.Like CAPS Illinois Director Ida McCarthy mentions in the article, CAPS is hopeful that when…Read more

How Much is that Shelter Doggie in the Window?

Winter 2015-2016  Publication: Action Line  Summary: Friends of Animals published an article on Action Line (their virtual magazine) about the Phoenix ordinance which bans the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats in pet stores. After the law was challenged, a federal judge ruled that banning…Read more

Sarasota County approves ‘puppy mill’ ordinance

CAPS President Deborah Howard testified today in favor of Sarasota County's puppy mill ordinance, which passed 3-2. CAPS introduced the ordinance in 2011 and provided extensive legal support and investigatory evidence.January 27, 2016  Publication: ABC 7 WWSB My Suncoast Summary:  A county ordinance to ban the use…Read more

Judge upholds Palm Beach Gardens puppy mill ban; store shuts down

January 14, 2016  Publication: My Palm Beach Post Summary: There will be no doggies for sale in any window of any store in Palm Beach Gardens.A Palm Beach County Circuit Court judge in December threw out a lawsuit filed by a pet store challenging the city of Palm…Read more

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