Puppy Mill Parlor - Closing?

It took protesters from the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) 13 months, but "Store Closing" signs appeared in Puppy Parlor's windows on 1/18.  Have protestors' efforts - to educate potential victims of the risks of buying a sick puppy mill puppy from this establishment - been successful?  Has Puppy Parlor realized their animal abuse, animal cruelty, and consumer fraud is not welcome in Lisle?  Evidence suggests the answers to these questions are, "Yes."  In time we'll know for sure. 
Denise Theodoropoulos January 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Shut this place down!!! Puppy mill pups suffer tremendously...thus is not humane
Teresa Connors January 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM
I certainly hope it is closing. That store is an embarrassment to the community.
Joy January 27, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Too bad CAPS had to handle it and not the mayor.
Maria January 27, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Broda did not even mention the year long protests in his state of the village address. Shameful.
CindyB January 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I'm very happy that those signs are up. I only hope that Tammy Coglinese doesn't open another little " house of horrors" in another town. I'm hoping that she's learned her lesson that puppy mill breeding/sales will not be tolerated. Mayor Broda should be ashamed that he let this go on as long as he did. He was well aware if what was going on in this store!
Don Scott January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Signs are up, but the store still operates. What will happen with the puppies caged in that back room? Will Puppy Mill Parlor close, or is this just another ploy to squeeze another dollar out of these animal pawns that have endured great hardship? I'll believe that this place is closed when I see the lights off and padlock on the front door. While I don't live in Lisle I get a real good sense what it'd be like; it makes me glad I live elsewhere. What a sorry collection of board members, mayor on down. It's despicable what Mayor Broda and this group has not only permitted, but encouraged. I hate to imagine the dogs on the puppy mill farms that supply three puppies not only coping with the standard cruelties but also this bitter weather...all so hell holes like Puppy Mill Parlor can make a sale, and Lisle realizes its tax base. You talk about blood money, this is it personified. Meanwhile, more cities and towns across the country with actual leadership in place are understanding that conventional pet stores with animals bred and sold for profit have no place. Florida communities are just the latest to step out of the shadows of abuse and neglect to combat mills and help address the 4-6 million animals that die annually simply for having no home. Congratulations to them! http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79050620/
Teri McCallum January 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM
In today's society, with all that is known about puppy mills and the need to ADOPT not SHOP, it is disheartening (to say the absolute least) to think it took such great effort to accomplish this. More progressive cities across the country are recognizing their responsibility to act as agents of change who don't buckle under political pressures and dollar signs, but rather choose to do what is right, necessary and compatible with building and maintaing a conscientious and ethical community. Shame on Lisle for their lack of concern and involvement! Bravo to those who took it upon themselves to stand up for the defenseless, voiceless victims. It was never about putting a person out of business. It was about putting a stop to the practices associated with that business. The beautiful ending could have been that Puppy Parlor followed the example of Naperville's Dog Patch, who made the decision to continue to operate at a retail level, but with home placement of "shelter animals" only.
Rita Pereira January 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Ok wait a minute, I've lived in this community 17, almost 18 years and it is a GREAT community to live in. Has there been this blight on us, yes. Have we gotten rid of it, hopefully. Thank God it is closing. There are rules and regulations that have to be followed everywhere we live. Can I say Lisle has looked the other way? At some points, yes. But to knock my community because of this House of Horrors, is where I put my foot down. This house of horrors is going away, thank God. We've worked long and hard at this, endured more than anyone should, even been told we don't have rights by certain individuals that should know better. Hopefully the "person" will not reopen somewhere else, but if she does, we will follow. This will not happen again. Those animals deserve a LOT better than this. Hopefully we can continue to educate people and get the laws of the land changed so companion animals are not considered live stock. The biggest flaw in this system starts at the state level, where they turn their heads to the injustice of treating companions animals so cruelly and turn their heads to a store owner who is JUST within guidelines. How those from the DOA sleep at night is beyond me, they are the ones to blame here.
Rita Pereira January 30, 2014 at 06:49 PM
We did our best to be aware of any traffic. We all volunteer in one way or another for dogs, MANY at West Suburban Humane Society.Buying those pups up would only encourage her to get more and sell more pups, and continue the cycle. If you'd like, google Puppy Mill Puppies and you will understand more why we did this. Thanks!
Don Scott January 30, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Dear "Concerned": First, the protesters aren't gone. You just don't see them. The fight for the voiceless always wages, and it's a shame Lisle never had the decency or moral consciousness to protect not only the puppies enslaved within this establishment but the dogs suffering on puppy farms that supply this joint and others like it. Second, if these protesters were "stupid," as so eloquently stated, they might go in as you suggested and buy these puppies bred at a mill and thereby further grease the bloody supply chain. Sorry, but they don't buy while shelter animals die. The right to assemble is constitutionally protected, and while you may not be aware, this action undoubtedly helped you realize workplace rights and benefits you'd have never had without this action. In this case, while it's unfortunate that honking horns could be heard from your house -- as I imagine general trafic noise could as well on this busy street -- it only indicates support for the cause. And while you say you love animals as much as the next person, I can't help but wonder with whom you stand. "Go volunteer at an animal shelter if you're that worried," Another empty storefront is what Lisle needs," "If people only cared about other people as much as they care about animals...." Yeah, you bleed animal compassion.
Ida Mccarthy January 30, 2014 at 07:25 PM
First of all, this is not a pet store. It’s a puppy mill. An inhumane breeding facility where 100 or more dogs were kept in cages for let’s see….over 4 years? I have asked this question many times, Has anyone ever seen a dog walked in all the years this store has been in business? I’m not going to go over everything again, it’s all on the internet where it will never be forgotten. If you knew there were over 100 dogs stuck in cages that never got out, would you do something about it? We did do something about it, and if a few honks of horns were your biggest concern, then we have not done our job. We did not educate you. Please google Puppy Parlor. Huge thanks to all the Lisle residents who we did support us and will spread the word where pet store puppies come from.
Rita Pereira January 30, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Another thing you may not be aware of, the dogs that are in the back of her store, more than likely cannot even be taken for a walk. They are so accustomed to being in those small cages, when they are allowed out, typically they would run in circles, literally. Typical puppy mill behavior. This time last year there were over 100 dogs, mostly adult dogs, crammed in cages, drinking from hamster bottles, never getting out even for a simple potty trip. I'm sorry the horns of the cars inconvenienced you, however, I am not sorry for being the voice of these dogs that do not have a say in their treatment. I highly doubt you would let your own dogs be treated in this manner.
Tony Dancing January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM
I too am a caged animal and am glad that misplaced protest has freed me from my employer's cage. To say that protesting about some DOGS achieves the same workplace rights as achieved by decades of workers and secured by the NLRB is incredibly disingenuous and sounds more like someone trying to justify their existing... Thou dost protest too much (look that one up it's a double entendre). Until there is a law against these establishments they have just as much right to be there as anything else. You may not like hearing people disagree but, there are far more atrocious activities legal in the United States. So congratulations on affecting all that change. Maybe in another 400 years all the shelter dogs will be adopted. Did it ever occur to you that what you find so unpalatable is not the most horrible activity in the world that you can "Google." I can give you a whole bunch of other things to check out that will make you vomit.
Holly Black-Hatcher January 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM
So I too have guilt concerning all of the things that I do to exploit the people around me. But like many of you I also would like to invest as little of my own energy as possible in a superficial worth while cause. I mean have you watched the discovery channel or Nat Geo, some serious stuff goes down in the jungle. Thankfully though, after the jungle is deforested, no more animals will be slaughtered there. So if I could join CAPS, I could feel like I am doing something worthwhile, yet I could get away with only having to stand on a sidewalk and hold a sign. I mean we could save those poor dogs from puppy mills, wild animals don't really have same feelings right? Anyways I would just like to do something to make a difference and make up for the things in my life that make me feel guilty.
Don Scott January 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Last I checked marijuana wasn't legal in Illinois, Tony. What you find "far more atrocious" is subjective and your opinion. Protesters find puppy mill animal abuse repulsive. And I am guessing that from all the public support that the majority of Lisle residents aren't advocates of their town hosting such a "business." You think otherwise, and the Constitution also gives you that right to say so. But because you don't find this to be the "most horrible thing in the world" doesn't mean others aren't going to stand up for those who'd say otherwise if they could.
Rita Pereira January 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM
I really don't understand why anyone has to attacked for doing something and standing up for what they believe in. If this isn't your cup of tea, find yours. You know nothing about any of us, beside the fact we stand up for those without a voice, but yet attack us. Any one of us would stand up for a child, a dog, a cat, you name it, that needed it. If they needed help, were being abused, or mistreated, we'd be standing up for their rights. If that's wrong, attack away. At least we stand up for what we believe in.
Don Scott January 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Then do something, Holly. Get off the sidelines and make a difference toward something for which you're impassioned. Stop ridiculing those who put themselves in the lives and souls of the suffering. Should it mean less because it's not a human?
Dianne Arp January 31, 2014 at 01:10 AM
I'd like to point out that Puppy (Mill) Parlor has "Store Closing" signs in their window. They have not closed yet. So let's not get ahead of ourselves. ---- To those of you who feel the need to lash out at the protesters: it's certainly your right to post what you'd like. As is ours. ---- To Concerned Resident who "loves animals just as much as the next person" - apparently you approve of animal abuse, animal cruelty, and consumer fraud taking place in your town?? That's the only conclusion I can draw since it seems your concerns pertain to the noise of the hundreds of supportive honking horns and empty stores in Lisle. For someone who supposedly loves animals to NOT support ending animal abuse and animal cruelty - well, maybe you have a different definition for animal lover than the protesters do. And every protester works for a legitimate (operative word) rescue group, or animal shelter, or animal control. EVERY one of them. Your solution is to buy Puppy (Mill) Parlor's puppy mill puppies? So our money can go to support the puppy mills those dogs came from? This? From an "animal lover?" Your concern about what will happen to those dogs is a good one. I suggest you direct it to Tammy Coglianese, owner of Puppy (Mill) Parlor. It is our First Amendment right to protest. If you don't like it, or the outcome of it, go to the U.S. Supreme Court. See what they can do for you. ---- To Tony Dancing and Holly Black-Hatcher: if you feel so strongly about all the other causes you mentioned, or alluded to, what exactly are YOU doing about them? Hmm?? Really, we'd all love to hear about your efforts to end deforestation, et al. In detail. My guess? Absolutely nothing! I love how people feel the need to deflect from the issue at hand. Everybody's quick to throw the "What are you doing about X?" or "What are you doing about Y?" My response is always, what are YOU doing about it? In all my years protesting I've yet to have just ONE person tell me they've done ANYTHING about their cause du jour, or non-"superficial" cause. ---- Just curious, none of the protesters and/or their supporters are hiding behind fake names. Why are you hiding? ---- Sadly it's this kind of self-centered, close-minded mentality that allows towns and cities to support pet stores and the animal abuse and cruelty that comes with them. ---- Our organization, the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) has a class action lawsuit against all 5 Happiness Is Pets stores. For consumer fraud and deceptive business practices - because they lie about where their puppies come from, just like Puppy (Mill) Parlor. It's working its way thru court now. CAPS has worked with Villa Park, Lombard, and Winfield and they've adopted ordinances that restrict pet stores from opening in their towns. Oswego has done the same. We're working with other towns now. CAPS is responsible in part for the pet store ban in Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA, West Hollywood CA - and a whole list of other cities and towns who are taking a stand against animal abuse/animal cruelty and banning pet stores that sell dogs or cats. So, we're actually doing much more than "standing on the sidewalk holding signs." If the Village of Lisle opted to work with us back in 2012 and adopted the same ordinance, we wouldn't be having this discussion. There would've been no need to protest, as Puppy (Mill) Parlor would've been gone long ago.
Teresa Connors January 31, 2014 at 01:53 PM
I'm really surprised by the personal attacks of the protesters. To say what they did was easy or stupid is just plain wrong. These people sacrificed a great deal to be out there everyday, trying to right a horrible situation. Personally, they are my HEROES. And guess what? They made a difference in this world. How many of the armchair critics out there can say that?
Maya Domiano February 01, 2014 at 10:44 AM
A couple months ago I've been looking for a dog to adopt and what sparked my interest is to see the articles being made about this company. It disgusts me more than anything that I filed a complaint to the BBB. The business replied and the BBB asked if I was satisfied with the response and I said I wasn't, only to reply to the business with more credible information since they weren't pleased the first time. Since then the BBB or Puppy Parlor has not replied to me, I wonder if my recent complaint on the BBB is one factor to why the store is closing?
Dianne Arp February 01, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Thank you Maya Domiano for turning your disgust into action by contacting the Better Business Bureau about the ongoing animal abuse, animal cruelty, and consumer fraud taking place inside Puppy (Mill) Parlor. I have no doubt that your action, and that of countless others, contributed to the demise of this little shop of horrors. --- Our organization, the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) has been protesting in front of this hell hole weekly from Dec 2012 to July 2013, then daily until Jan 2014 (weather permitting). We began protesting when we read the results of the Dept of Agriculture's investigation of this hell hole. Their findings were published nationally by the Humane Society of the U.S. You can read their report here, see pgs 4 & 5: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/report-hsus-chicago-pet-stores-2012investigates.pdf --- Additionally, the Humane Society of the US named PMP one of the "Horrible Hundred" puppy mills in the entire country. They were the ONLY pet store to be name on their list: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/05/14/humane-society-2-of-100-worst-puppy-mills-located-in-illinois/ --- During those 13 months of protesting we've educated MANY potential victims/customers about the risks of buying a sick puppy mill dog from Puppy (Mill) Parlor/PMP. We handed out hundreds of information packets containing the facts about PMP and encouraged people to do their own research. Many did and went to a shelter or animal control to adopt their furry family member. Some of those people even joined our future protests because they were so disgusted by what they found. We've posted many articles on Lisle Patch about the happenings at Puppy (Mill) Parlor protests which helped educate the public. Tammy Coglianese, PMP owner, commented on some of those articles in what can only be described as a hate-filled, obscene rant on this public forum, from a bar, late at night. Read for yourself. While many of the comments are entertaining, if you'd rather jump to the insanity, Coglianese starts commenting at 11:42p on 6/22: http://saynotopuppymillparlor.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/tammy-coglianese-breaks-her-silence-and-then-removes-her-posts-dont-worry-we-have-them-right-here/ --- Most people aren't aware that pet stores that sell dogs sell sick puppy mill puppies. The store employees, PMP included, tell their victims they get their dogs from USDA licensed breeders. Puppy Mills are USDA licensed facilities, so it becomes a semantics game they play, hoping that customer isn't educated. Or doesn't know what a puppy mill is, or how horribly the animals are treated in the mills. Or that the USDA licenses the mills. Our protests and outreach has changed that. Because those people will tell their friends and family, and so on, and so on. --- So, Maya - you did indeed help shut this hell hole down, as you were one of the many nails in their coffin. And we're grateful to you. You can read more about the work we do investigating puppy mills and pet stores who sell puppy mill puppies by going to our web site: www.caps-web.org --- And if you're looking for a rescue-friendly, humane pet store in Lisle, go to Thorton's All Pet Pantry on Main St. They sell premium pet food, and work tirelessly to adopt out homeless animals. Tell them the protesters sent you!
Teri McCallum February 04, 2014 at 09:10 AM
So, Tony... As long as there is no law against it, we should respect their rights to abuse another living being? Seriously? I'm guessing that the enslavement of African-Americans was the white man's right back in the day according your moral compass then, huh? OH, I am laughing to myself as I already can predict your idiotic response. Don't even bother. I've heard all your excuses before. I'm bored by you already. Oh...and p.s. Unbelievable as it sounds, somehow I have figured out how to care for more than one form of abuse at a time. Again with your constipated thinking! You're nothing if not consistent. And neither am I... I stand against violence, oppression, slavery, cruelty, enslavement, murder, rape, torture...you get the picture. And guess what? I stand against all of these issues. I stand against all offenders. I stand with and for all victims. And I hold a job, have a family, go to school, and still manage to find a little time to waste responding to your unwarranted attack. Most people who care about animal rights are compassionate people to be found engaging in all forms of altruistic efforts. We foster children, help out at homeless shelters, write to our legislators to help shape the world for the betterment of all, clean up garbage from roadways and parks...we tread lightly on the Earth because we respect it, but yes, we have big mouths when it comes to speaking up for those whose cries are unheard. You've obviously got a big mouth too. Why don't you use it for some good instead of harassing those who are doing what nobody else will.
Gail Garza February 04, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Wow! I guess some people cannot breathe AND walk at the same time! LOL!! There are MILLIONS of us human beings who DO care about AND help other human beings, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND who also find the time to help non-humans, too. God knows how that is possible, I know, I know, but it HAS HAPPENED and IS HAPPENING! How anyone in their right minds and hearts cannot see that animal exploitation and endangerment is somehow NOT OKAY is beyond any sane person's comprehension. For those "naysayers" who believe that an individual cannot care about BOTH humans and animals, and even the environment, please contact me, Gail Garza, and I will gladly put you in touch with at least 50 such people right now. I would even take you out to lunch! :) Have a nice day!
John Curran February 04, 2014 at 07:18 PM
PROTEST HECKLER: You care more about animals than you do about people ! ME: MmmmmNo, it would be more accurate to say that I care more about animals than YOU care about people.


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