SOURCE: Companion Animal Protection Society

Companion Animal Protection Society

February 12, 2010 07:00 ET

CAPS Valentine March Against Puppy Mills at Barkworks

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 12, 2010) -

Who: The Companion Animal Protection Society

What: After celebrating the ordinance banning the sale of pet factory cats and dogs in pet stores of West Hollywood, CAPS is taking the anti puppy mill message further west, conducting a peaceful Valentine march against Barkworks. Barkworks, a chain of pet stores, has been defrauding consumers and selling sick dogs. Ongoing CAPS investigations have uncovered that Barkworks is supplied by puppy mills in the Midwest where dogs are sick, are confined 24/7 in rabbit hutches, are exposed to extreme temperatures, and are living in their own waste. The USDA inspection reports for Barkworks' suppliers show violations of the Animal Welfare Act. CAPS has evidence (see video) that Barkworks withheld emergency veterinary care to a dying puppy in the store and sold a fatally ill puppy to a consumer.

Where: Barkworks, Westside Pavilion 3rd Floor,10800 West Pico BLVD #391 Los Angeles, CA 90064

When: Saturday, February 13, at 1:30 PM

Meet-up for interviews after march, at 2:45 PM at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 10897 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064

"Valentine's Day is just another loveless day at Barkworks. The facts are demonstrable -- we've got a puppy mill dog here who was fatally ill; Barkworks sold the dog knowing she was sick and then, after suffering for days in the hospital, the puppy died. Barkworks is not forthcoming about its dead and sick dogs and they think they can buy people's silence by writing a check. This is not an isolated case. We advise people who think they might be 'rescuing' a sick puppy by buying it in a store to adopt from a shelter instead. Buying an animal in a pet store or on the Internet contributes to inhumane breeding operations and enriches unscrupulous retailers. This is not only an animal cruelty issue, this is a consumer fraud issue and the public wants a cruelty-free pet, not a sick animal born in an inhumane and filthy breeding factory." ---Carole Raphaelle Davis, west coast director, Companion Animal Protection Society


About 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

  • Media contacts:
    Carole Raphaelle Davis
    author and west coast director of CAPS
    e-mail: Email Contact

    Deborah Howard
    President and Founder of CAPS
    e-mail: Email Contact