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Protestors Return To The Puppy Experience

Animal advocates speak out against puppy mills.

Waving signs that read "Puppy Mills Breed Cruelty," "Adopt From A Shelter," and "Prisoners of Greed," animal advocates protested outside in Aquebogue both Saturday and Sunday in an effort to raise awareness about puppy mills.

The demonstration was the second: In June, crusaders staged a similar gathering at the same spot on Route 25.

"We are educating consumers about puppy mills and the parent dogs left behind to suffer," said Barbara Dennihy of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) on Saturday; her organization has been working to expose pet shops that allegedly use puppy mills to supply their stores.

"Many, many New York State stores use these mills or brokers who use puppy mills to stock their stores," she said. "Logic tells you that puppies don't fall out of the sky--they have to come from somewhere."

Although Scott Kaphan, owner of The Puppy Experience, was not available for immediate comment back in June, a manager at the store, John, who asked that his last name not be given, said at the time that CAPS demonstrators make stops outside many area pet stores.

"They didn't ask where our dogs come from," he said. "Our dogs come from breeders. I'd be glad to provide them with information if they would just come in and ask."

The protestors, he added, carried "horrible signs" and did not bother to give the store a chance to respond to their allegations. "They just lumped us in with everyone else -- that's what they do," he said. "We don't do anything wrong or illegal -- we just do business. I sleep at night because I get my dogs from a good place."

He added that the demonstation outside his store was just one of many scheduled stops; this weekend's was the most recent.

Dennihy said often, consumers are told the puppies they are buying are from local, professional breeders when "the puppy's health certificate tells a different story. Education of consumers is an important way to help make changes and expose the cruelty behind the puppy in the window."

Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Kansas, and Iowa are the leading puppy distributors to New York State pet shops, Dennihy said.

jodi jarvis September 17, 2012 at 04:20 PM
There is no screening when you buy from him. He can be selling them to people who wanna raise them to fight. Or someone who has been accused of animal cruelty in the past. Or an animal hoarder. All Scott sees is $$$$$$$ signs. And his big signs he has out ther. Adopt and rescue place. That is false advertisement. I have been protesting past few weekends. I wih more people would come
Anne Marie September 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
"Puppy Experience 'gets' their dogs from puppy mills----just Google their name & the name Karhy Bauck. She owned a horrible puppy mill in Minnesota, and the undercover video from there is heartbreaking & sickening. This is where that store got its puppies from for several years---there are interstate certificates that prove it..." Be careful of slander,,, before you post certain time frames in respect to the verb.. allow for the correct tense to be used.
stacy October 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I was pumpkin pickin and passed the puppy experience. My kids begged to go I'm side and so I gave in and we stopped to play with the puppies. I have always gotten my oets from northshore animal league as I prefer to rescue a pet. When I went in I wanted to cry.I saw poor sad skinny puppies in wire cages with no sift blanket to sleep on or even a pillow just laying on hard wire cages. They look sad so sad and so skinny. There was a tiny brown terrior puppy that slipped hnder the cage floor on the side of a cage it.lloked like it was sleeping. But I think it was dead. Ut was
stacy October 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Stuck half under the cage floor and not moving we called the owner to show him he pulled it out then put it in his pocket and ledt the store in a hurry with it.id like to say to take to the vet but I'm sure he wasn't. The owner was rude and seems lkke he's more interested. In getting rich than helping animals. They sell dogs for 1000.00 and ha e a donation jar out for animal rescue. Really?
j January 25, 2013 at 02:45 PM
cant they be reported to the spca or some other humane organization ? there has to be some rules about the conditions of the animals..or lets take up a collection to pay for an advertisement telling the truth.There has to be something we can do

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