SOURCE: Companion Animal Protection Society

Companion Animal Protection Society

April 15, 2010 12:12 ET

LAUSD Students to Join Companion Animal Protection Society in Anti-Puppy Mill March on Saturday

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) -

WHAT: More than 70 LAUSD students will join the Companion Animal Protection Society in a demonstration against Barkworks, a chain of pet stores in Los Angeles. CAPS claims that Barkworks sells dogs from inhumane commercial breeding factories in the Midwest. The silent vigil march is to let the public know the truth behind the pretty storefront at Barkworks.

WHERE: WESTSIDE PAVILION -- 10850 West Pico Boulevard, 3rd floor

WHEN: Saturday, April 17 AT 1:30 to 2:30 PM, meet with press outside mall on Pico at 2:40PM

WHO: The Companion Animal Protection Society

MORE: Caps investigations have uncovered that Barkworks is selling sick dogs from puppy mills in the Midwest. USDA inspection reports of Barkworks' substandard commercial breeding operations reveal serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act. CAPS investigations revealed that breeding dogs are confined for life in wire cages, are exposed to freezing temperatures and are living in excrement. Los Angeles-based CAPS investigators observed store management ignoring a sick German Shepherd puppy who was listless and vomiting. Investigators uncovered more sick Barkworks puppies, including one that died on Christmas Eve, just seven days after purchase. CAPS has current evidence of several sick puppies in a local veterinary hospital and evidence that Barkworks withheld emergency care of a dying dog.
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CAPS is responsible for the investigation and 6 month-long protest of Elite Animals that led to the West Hollywood ordinance banning the sale of pet factory dogs and cats. This month, YouThink, a department of the Jewish Federation, is offering Youth in Action, a project exploring grassroots community efforts for social change. Student leaders identified animal cruelty as the focus of the project. For the first time, Youth in Action is partnering with Companion Animal Protection Society and students from more than twenty different public middle and high schools are participating in the anti-puppy mill demonstration. 

"The solution is for the Los Angeles City Council to ban the sale of factory-bred companion animals. In light of the facts, Barkworks has a moral obligation to convert to a humane business model like so many other retailers have done successfully. Lawmakers around the country are contacting us to assist them with ordinances similar to the one passed by West Hollywood on February 16th. Barkworks warehouses dogs who are clinging to life in a local hospital right now and IF the dogs survive, they will be put right back in the window with no disclosure. This is what motivated the LAUSD students to march," said Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director of CAPS.

Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT: Carole Raphaelle Davis
    West Coast Director
    Companion Animal Protection Society
    Email Contact