SOURCE: Companion Animal Protection Society
December 17, 2010 08:00 ET
CAPS' Christmas March Against Barkworks for Selling Sick Puppy Mill Dogs
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2010) -
Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), www.caps-web.org
CAPS is conducting a silent march for puppy mill awareness -- a boycott of Barkworks, a pet store chain that sells dogs from inhumane commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest. Protests have been obstructed by the Mall, which has placed limits on constitutionally protected free speech.
CAPS will be once again upholding California Supreme Court Law, opening the doors for activism and free speech on private property. Over 100 activists in red shirts will be marching in a choreographed street performance in front of Barkworks to grieve for the millions of companion animals who were killed this year in our nation's shelters. During this severe economic downturn, activists are asking people to adopt a companion animal from our local shelters and to be mindful that the true spirit of Christmas is in giving -- as in giving a homeless pet a loving home.
Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11AM
A press conference will be held after march at 12:15 PM outside mall on Pico Blvd sidewalk.
Barkworks, 10800 West Pico Blvd., Westside Pavilion, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90064
CAPS claims that Barkworks sells dogs from puppy mills -- commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for resale through pet shops and brokers. CAPS' undercover investigation of Barkworks' suppliers reveal evidence of filthy housing, fecal accumulation and freezing temperatures with inadequate shelter. The dogs observed in the investigation are matted and sick. The dogs and puppies are currently unsafe as their feet are falling through wire flooring, which can cause injury. The dogs are housed in broken structures and their drinking water is frozen.
CAPS has evidence from USDA inspection reports of inhumane treatment in the puppy mills that supply Barkworks. CAPS has evidence that Barkworks is selling dogs that are sick, have congenital diseases and malformations. The evidence from CAPS' undercover investigations includes the withholding of emergency medical care to dying dogs as well as knowingly placing sick dogs in display enclosures for sale. Currently, CAPS is monitoring a Barkworks puppy who is clinging to life in a local hospital. Despite the fact that she was near death, she was sold to a consumer. CAPS claims that Barkworks sells some dogs from unlicensed breeders who are not subject to USDA inspections and that employees have been allegedly engaging in the illegal practice of veterinary medicine in the store.
"We don't want to put them out of business; we want to put them out of the cruelty business," said Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director of CAPS. "We'd like to see them convert to the humane business model like so many other pet stores have. This evidence is very damaging. Pet stores are routinely misleading customers by telling them, like Barkworks told CAPS' under-cover operatives, that the dogs sold in the store are 'family-raised in homes.' They're not. We've got sick dogs here. We've got dogs who have died days after purchase and a whole lot of heartbroken people who have been deceived by Barkworks."
For more information and footage of investigation, go to: www.caps-web.org
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.