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Demonstrators say cars crossing to enter store's parking lot spark dangerous situation.

Demonstrators who have gathered outside The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue to raise awareness about puppy mills are concerned about public safety.

Barbara Dennihy, of the Companion Animal Protection Society said this week that demonstrators who congregate on Route 25 outside the store on weekends are "very concerned" about the number of cars that cross the double yellow line to enter and leave the parking lot of The Puppy Experience.

While Dennihy acknowledged that Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said it is not illegal for cars to turn into the lot -- the turns would only be illegal if a sign were posted stating so -- she said the drivers making turns in and out of the lot across the double yellow line pose danger.

"With all the traffic, this practice is a bad accident waiting to happen," Dennihy said. 

Dennihy, who has been organizing with fellow CAPS demonstrators for months, also said she noticed new tarp had been placed across the sidewalk to the entrance of the store.

"Our guess is too many customers see us and ask questions," Dennihy said. "They are trying to hide the fraudulence of the source of their puppies from the public behind the tarp. We will continue to educate consumers about the truth behind puppy mills and puppy stores. So many people have been stopping and asking questions. They are stunned to learn the truth and the  facts about puppy stores and puppy mills." 

Also, Dennihy said that The Puppy Experience has set up plastic pumpkins to spell out "Puppy Picking" outside the store. "This is a reference to pumpkin picking," she said. "Puppies are not vegetables. Puppies are living, breathing companion animals. Puppies cost money to keep healthy. Puppies need to be housebroken. Puppies need to be trained. Puppies take a lot of time, to properly care for them. People tend to forget these things when they are tempted by the cute puppies."

The Puppy Experience Owner Scott Kaphan has spoken out against the protestors, stating that they are unfairly targeting his business -- and that the efforts of demonstrators would be better directed at actual puppy mills across America. In addition, Kaphan has said a lawsuit would be leveled at the protestors. Kaphan said he is also helping puppies through a new adoption component at his store.

Depite threats of a lawsuit and a request to cease and desist, protestors have continued to stand outside The Puppy Experience. One weekend, police were called after a protestor parked in the Aquebogue Elementary School lot.

The Puppy Experience owner Kaphan declined to comment on Dennihy's most recent statements.

Jessica October 24, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Amy-dumbfounded- nah your just dumb and barbara if its so unsafe why not make a police report about it you do with everything else here that happens. What do you two have degrees in ? By the way barbara -I love cake who doesnt?????? This is America and I love that the two of you actually react to what I say !Its great:)
Jessica October 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH- adopt readopt sell buy hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this whole article is such a joke
Amy October 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Wow, you are so good. I am dumb??!!. whoa great comeback!!! You are reacting to every single post with nothing but insults that make us laugh. You are the joke. That degree did you wonders in this world. Well Jessica, who gives a crap who has a degree. in your case it is a total waste. When you are old and die nobody will give a crap as to what degree you had. But they will remember you selling sick puppies whos parents were tortured for a buck. If you can't see this Jessica, I am sorry you are so cold. Life is not about what you have, it is about what you give. It's about doing the right thing. It is about making a difference in someone life, It's about raising your kids knowing right from wrong(in yur case your poor kids). Oh and if you want to get into who has more money since you are so into your degree and fancy clothes and barbi makeup, I will make a bet I am way better off then you, degree or not. Where do you live? what is your house worth? What can you sell it for today? How much land do you own? How much does your household bring in a year? You want to compare? I will compare.
Amy October 25, 2012 at 01:13 PM
And by the way, you give a death sentence to hundreds of thousands of dogs every time you buy another puppy from your brokers. Still use Tracey's or are they out of business? How about Jan Todd or Liberty Kennel that Ira started upstate? Jan has some nice labs doesn't she? How about Honeydew I love my puppy? Lambriar? Hmmm who was that nice Maltese breeder? Is she still around? her name slipped my mind but hey what do you expect from dumb people???!! Wow it has been 20 years so I am out of the torture puppy loop, but please tell me which brokers you use, because that semi that pulls up weekly in the weeeeee hours seems to have about 300 puppies on it stops at every puppy store on Long island. What a reputable breeder Hunte is. You and Scott can change this so easily with one easy change. Stop buying from brokers. Get yourself a van and do what Last Chance does. go down southweekly and pull puppies( alot of pure breds) and nice adults from the high kill shelters and come back and sell/adopt them out. even if you sell them we will leave you alone because it is all about the puppy mills being fed dollars to keep producing puppies like they are clothes.. This is what we are fighting for. Has nothing to do with you or scott personally. Has to do with lives being tortured while you defend it. admit your wrong and change your ways. P.S. Do you have a 501c3 to collect donations?
southold jim October 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Okay Barbara , Let me get this straight , You walk back and forth in front of a business holding up signs and your concerned about traffic safety.Im scratching my head here. Why are the safety concerns of people distracting motorists a news story ?

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