What do you think can be done to put an end to puppy mills?
The following pics were taken Sunday 11/25/12 at The Puppy Experience (Aquebogue, NY) while we protested. These dogs are for sale and very underweight. The brindle dog seems to be limping. Complaints were filed with Suffolk County SPCA and NYS Agriculture and Markets on Monday 11/26/12.
Puppy Experience protest 11/25/12
The Puppy Experience purchased puppies from Kathy Bauck, even after she was convicted of animal cruelty based on evidence from a CAPS undercover employment investigation. Bauck was one of the largest and most notorious dog brokers and breeders in the country. The Puppy Experience currently buys from Missouri-based The Hunte Corporation, the largest brokerage facility in the country. A CAPS investigator worked undercover at Hunte for six months and investigated some of their breeders (links to both documentaries). The Puppy Experience has also purchased puppies from JAKS Puppies (Jolyn Noethe) in Britt, Iowa, which also sells to Happiness is Pets. Check out the USDA photos for Wendie and Doug Dettbarn in Iowa, who sell to JAKS.
The owner of the store, Scott Kaphan, has increasingly become hostile towards CAPS going as far as calling the police on protestors and threatening legal action for slander. He has given no indication that the store will go humane any time soon, despite admitting the deplorable nature of large puppy farms. By purchasing dogs from large scale breeding facilities, Mr. Kaphan is supporting the puppy mill cycle and part of the problem. CAPS will continue to hold regular protests at their one location until they decide to go humane.
September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and the protestors who have been gathering outside the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue to raise awareness plan to be out again on both Saturday and Sunday.
For months, protestors have gathered on Route 25 to educate about puppy mills, holding signs stating that many pet stores purchase dogs from puppy mills.
Despite a cease and desist order, protestors continued to rally outside of he Puppy Experience in Aquebogue over the weekend — and an attorney for the store’s owner said a lawsuit could be filed as soon as next week.
Motorists driving along Route 25 in Aquebogue Sunday afternoon beeped their car horns in support of a puppy-mill protest organized in front of the pet store Puppy Experience, where several animal rights advocates held signs and handed out pamphlets.
Barbara Dennihy of the Companion Animal Protection Society, a national animal rights organization based in Massachusetts, said her group has been protesting in front of Puppy Experience from 1 to 4 p.m. every weekend for the past few months because it believes the pet store sells puppies obtained from substandard dog-breeding facilities known as “puppy mills.”
The Companion Animal Protection Society has been demonstrating outside the puppy store in recent months; the group was recently sent a cease and desist order from the shop owner, Scott Kaphan’s, attorney but so far, Barbara Dennihy said they group has not heard anything further about the demand.
“CAPS has been holding educational demonstrations every weekend at local pet shops to educate consumers on the connection between puppy mills/puppy brokers and retail pet stores,” Dennihy said. “Over three million puppies are produced in puppy mills across the United States every year for distribution to retail puppy stores, while in shelters across America over three million companion animals a year are euthanized, for no other reason except lack of space. What is wrong with this picture?” she asked.