CAPS Marches Against LA Puppy Mill Store On Valentine’s Day

November 26, 2014

West Hollywood, California (February 15, 2010) – Invigorated by their pioneering effort to ban the sale of puppy mill and kitty factory animals by retailers in West Hollywood, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) took on a Los Angeles retailer on Valentines Day, challenging them to show some heart and stop selling mill-bred animals.



Barworks, a pet store in the Westside Pavilion Photo by CAPS. WeHo News.

Protesting outside the store’s entrance with a large group of uniformly t-shirted, shopping bag protest sign-swinging fellows, Wehoan Carole Raphaelle Davis, west coast director CAPS said, “Valentine’s Day is just another loveless day at Barkworks. The facts are demonstrable.”

She charged Barworks, a pet store in the Westside Pavilion, with malfeasance and animal cruelty in a statement listing the most recent case.

“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,” she said.

Barkworks, a chain of pet stores, has been defrauding consumers and selling sick dogs, according to CAPS.


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CAPS investigations have uncovered that Barkworks is allegedly supplied by puppy mills in the Midwest where dogs are often sick, are confined 24/7 in rabbit hutches, exposed to extreme temperatures and live in their own waste.

The USDA inspection reports for Barkworks’ suppliers show violations of the Animal Welfare Act, says the CAPS team.


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CAPS Protesters outside the store’s entrance. Photo by CAPS. WeHo News.

CAPS also has evidence (see video) that Barkworks withheld emergency veterinary care to a dying puppy in the store.

“This is not an isolated case,” said Ms. Davis. “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,” she said. “This is not only an animal cruelty issue; this is also a consumer fraud issue.

She finished by saying, “What the companion animal loving public wants it to obtain a happy, healthy pet, not a sick animal born in an inhumane and filthy breeding factory.”


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Barkworks management declined to return calls. A video of the protest can be seen below.



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