On Sunday 21st June 2015, 20 activists over the course of the day protested puppy warehouse Dogs4Us in Leeds.
The protest highlighted the fact that a Channel 5 and Sky News expose revealed that Dogs4Us sources their puppies from cruel puppy farms in Wales. Dogs at Dogs4us supplier farms are kept in horrific conditions, living in tiny pens in complete darkness with little or no bedding, space, stimulation, or access to the outside. Customers of Dogs4Us have reported buying sick and diseased puppies.
Dogs4Us claims to offer a guarantee but this does not offer any more protection than the legal minimum. It does not cover vet bills but rather only allows a refund or replacement dog – treating puppies like products.
The protest marked the launch of “Operation Boycott”, urging a complete and total boycott of the Yorkshire based puppy superstore.
Customers were told of other places to buy supplies and rescue centres from which puppies can be obtained. This led to many customers turning away from the store.
Dogs4us was empty or nearly empty throughout the day! This shows the effectiveness of the awareness raising efforts of the campaign so far.
One protester was arrested after a false allegation by a Dogs4us staff member that he had hit their car. The campaigner was later released without charge. This shows the desperate lengths that the puppy farm pet shop Dogs4us will go to silence legitimate protest.
The campaign will continue until Dogs4us either closes down or stops selling puppies for good.
Good demo on Sunday. Despite huge transport issues for many activists, 11 people protested Dogs4us Leeds over the course of the day. The store had very few customers and out of the few they did have some turned around and left after reading the leaflets.
The staff were so concerned about the effectiveness of the protest that Manager Colin Yarwood got on the phone to call in a security guard, Staff Member Julie Cunningham already tried to get the police to help but they told her no law had been broken!
Towards the end of the day the only people going in and out of the store were friends of staff members, the same people going in and out without purchasing a thing! It is clear the store is on its last legs, we need you all now to join us in a final push!
On Sunday 26h August 2012, 30 people (over the course of the day) including local children and young people protested against Dogs4us Leeds. It is great to see young people taking action for animals – special thanks to them.
The store had hardly any customers all day, people turned away after receiving leaflets and even more turned away at the gates after merely seeing the protest. Staff were standing about with nothing to do and ordering themselves a pizza and drinking cups of tea all day.
Customers came up to campaigners to tell us the puppies were clearly too young to be responsibly sold, had no fresh water and there were lots of stories of sick puppies bought from Dogs4us.
Local children told us how the puppies always looked sad in Dogs4Us and were keen to join the protest themselves.
Yesterday (22nd July) around 45 protesters (over the course of the day) protested Dogs4us in Manchester. This is over double the lower end of our pre-protest estimate of 20! Loud and direct the protest had tons of public support. The road was awash with noise as cars tooted to show their disgust at Dogs4us dirty business.
Refreshments were brought by locals that wanted to show support for the campaign and other passers-by joined the demo.
Members of the public and the few customers Dogs4us actually had, read the signs and leaflets about the Sky News and Channel 5 expose showing the cruel conditions dogs were kept in at a breeder that supplied Dogs4us. The megaphone was used to let people know that the Government recommend that you only buy a puppy if you can see the mother and that no so-called ‘responsible’ breeder would sell to a pet shop.
Sacha (the son of the Dogs4Us owner) who came out to photograph the protesters ran back inside Dogs4Us when activists went up to say ‘hi’ (assaulting an activist on his way). Then he cowardly sent his girlfriend out to take photos of the protesters while he hid inside!
Interest in the campaign continues to grow with over 60,000 views on the YouTube video showing the Sky News investigation of Dogs4us. Pledges to boycott continue to overwhelm the campaign and protest numbers continue to be strong. Dogs4us…. it is time to stop selling puppies!
Activists were once again back at Dogs4us Leeds for one of the smaller weekly demos. The store is always very empty but this time it was even emptier as 2 customers turned away after hearing the truth about Dogs4us!
Here is a report from the ground; “Today’s demo at Dogs4Us Leeds was the best yet! Two potential customers turned away, one of whom looked sick to her stomach upon learning of the horrors of the puppy farming industry. Upon chanting “One customer turned away”, the manager came out to keep her beady eye on us, but she didn’t say anything – after all what can she say to justify what she does?”
Next Sunday (22nd July) is the monthly demo which will see between 20-30 activists from around the country protesting against the Manchester store. Please make sure you are one of them! Full event details can be found here.