Group Warns Puppy Shop of Possible Protests

posted: July 18th, 2011 10:05 am | 65Comments

An animal rights group has sent a letter to the owners of I Heart Puppies, asking them to stop buying dogs that come from an alleged puppy mill by Friday.

Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society, said if the shop owners don’t respond, she will give a “green light” to protesters who have expressed interest in picketing the store.

Davis sent a letter dated Friday that said the CAPS group had evidence that at least one of the breeders supplying dogs to the shop had been accused by a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector of tying up a dog and shooting it in the head. Davis has said in interviews that a USDA inspector and CAPS investigators have found numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act between 2006 and 2010 at this particular breeding facility.

“We are officially putting you on notice that your business will be protested if you do not put up the rest of your dogs for adoption with a 501 (c) (3) rescue org. by Friday , July 22,” the letter says. “We would like you to pledge in writing to convert to a humane business model immediately.”

The letter also asserts that the shop at 2801 East Coast Highway does not have a sprinkler system as required by state law. The shop’s owners contacted the Newport Beach building department last week about the sprinkler system, as well as their landlord, and that issue is being addressed, said Senior Animal Control Officer Valerie Schomburg.

“The owner is working with the proper people in the City,” Schomburg said in an email, who also said she inspected the shop on Friday.

“They are in compliance with all California State laws regarding pet store operations,” Schomburg said.

The shop’s owners have denied that their puppies come from puppy mills. They did not respond to repeated email requests for comments about the letter.

Davis and other animal rights activists have not accused the shop of abusing animals, but they said that some of the animals for sale in the shop come from breeders who have violated the Animal Welfare Act; read our earlier story here.

One of the breeders posted on a pen in the shop, Cricks Kennels in Nebraska, was inspected in 2008, according to a document that CAPS sent to Corona del Mar Today. The USDA investigator found two violations, including dogs with matted hair and improper euthanasia used on a golden retriever, which had been “tied to a post behind the east kennel and shot in the head,” according to the inspection report.

“This is outrageous,” Davis said. “Are they going to continue dealing with this business?”

Davis said Orange County activists have been anxious to protest the shop, but she asked them to wait until the Friday deadline. But if nothing happens, she said the shop could see dozens of protesters outside “yelling and screaming.”

“Orange County residents are not pleased,” she said. “They are not happy.”

Davis said she planned to alert neighboring businesses as well as the chief of police about the protests in advance.

The shop opened on July 1. Besides puppies, the shop also sells pet supplies, treats, dog apparel and more. Read our story here.

The Corona del Mar Residents Association could discuss the shop at its board meeting scheduled for Thursday morning, President Karen Tringali said.

Davis said she eventually plans to ask the Newport Beach City Council to pass an ordinance that bans the sale of dogs that do not come from shelters.


65 Responses to “Group Warns Puppy Shop of Possible Protests”

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robincdm

July 18th, 2011

The owners of the 'I Heart Puppies' store while they are not directly abusing dogs themselves, by proxy they most certainly are. That poor golden retriever, more than likely, was no longer able to push out more cute puppie$ and therefore considered 'no longer a useful a$$et' so they took her out back and put bullets in her head. Breaks my heart and I want them to imagine if that golden retriever was their own dog and some heartless, money grubbing taskmaster just tied her up tight to a post and shot her. And ladies, as long as there are stores like I Heart Puppies that continue to sell puppies you ARE supporting these unethical, cruel elements of the worst kind and they will continue to exist. I want to believe that these women truly do love dogs but my belief that they have warm hearts, not to mention honor and integrity, is waning with each passing day and with every denial and excuse they offer up that they don't support animal abuse and neglect. Stop the agony and go humane ladies.

Frank Peters

July 18th, 2011

Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke said, "no plan survives contact with the enemy". As a business angel I restate this as, "no business plan survives first contact with the customer". As an investor, this point is critical in the future success of the business. If the entrepreneur is willing to listen and let go of their preconceived ideas and listen to their customers then the business transforms into what the marketplace desires. This is how successful businesses are created today. By ignoring the passionate critiques from the community these entrepreneurs face great risk of their investment. It's easy to imagine that protests will come, and with louder voices. Imagine the alternative – if tomorrow they announced a change to their business plan based on the community's feedback, the marketplace would likely respond with enthusiasm.

carole davis

July 18th, 2011

I Heart Puppies is not "in compliance with state laws" as Officer Schomburg claims. We cannot understand why she would say that. It is false. I Heart Puppies is in fact violating state laws, putting animals at risk. But that's the least of it. When I inspected the store and pointed out to the owners that they had no sprinkler system, they told me they were not subject to that law. They were wrong. We have made sure that I Heart Puppies has been issued a STOP WORK enforcement by the City of Newport Beach. The Building and Safety Dept. IS doing its job and we thank them. We'd like to know WHO even gave them a permit to operate a business without following proper fire safety for live animals. It is a fact that they are supplied by one of the cruelest breeders in the country—a commercial breeder who on a cold February day in Nebraska, tied a Golden Retriever to a post and SHOT her in the head. I told the owners of the store that we have much more about their breeders and they do not seem to care. They want to continue misleading residents of Corona del Mar by telling them their dogs are not from puppy mills. THEY ARE from puppy mills and we have the irrefutable evidence. Officer Schomburg seems to think that "working with the right people in the City" is sufficient. The right people, apparently, thought it was ok to put dogs at risk and not follow Fire safety codes. I Heart Puppies is violating the law. The fine is $1000 penalty for that one particular violation. They owe residents of NB $1000. Imagine if you had a movie theater with no sprinklers. Do you think for a minute that they would be allowed to have a permit to operate? Of course not. Puppies can burn too, you know. Companion Animal Protection Society

Monica

July 18th, 2011

If they "heart" puppies, they could sell puppies that are born in shelters and work with rescue groups! I Hate this puppy store - shame on these girls! :(

Carol Leifer

July 18th, 2011

As the Humane Society warns, "NEVER BUY PUPPIES FROM A PUPPY STORE." Any animal lover knows, if you really feel the need to buy a dog, you must go to a reputable breeder who will let you visit their operation and see where the puppy comes from. I am in favor of I Heart Puppies GETTING OUT of Corona del Mar! Let's remain a COMPASSIONATE city!

Dave

July 18th, 2011

This shop's owners are terribly misguided if they think their "breeders" are anything more than ordinary puppy mills. Responsible breeders don't ship their animals thousands of miles from facilities in the Midewest or the South, with up to four in ten animals dying along the way. Responsible breeders don't keep breeding females confined for their entire lives. And most importantly, resopnsible breeders don't sell animals to pet stores.

carole

July 18th, 2011

All of the breeders this store uses are puppy mills, I went in this store and point blank asked the owner if she thinks it's O.K. for a dog to live it's life (not long in these places) in a cage breeding? Her answer was "they are USDA inspected." That was her answer to every question we asked, we asked her if she ever visited the breeders and she said "no" but the broker has, we can't even find the broker listing. Please I urge Orange County Residents to call, e-mail the city council, mayor, whatever it takes to get this store to go humane. They support animal cruelty, USDA has it listed that this breeder they use SHOT A DOG in the head!! Orange County do you think that's O.K?.It's USDA inspected. I really hope every person that loves animals in Orange County shows up to protest this store, these women are COLDHEARTED!

Kelly Sawyer NB Lifer

July 18th, 2011

I am a Newport and CDM native and currently reside in our beautiful beachside community, and have lived here most of my life.. I take great pride in the enumberable accomplishment of our community and the lengths to which both the citizens and the council take in maintaining it's dignity and beauty.. I find it to be a direct insult and degradation to its committed members, whom so proudly display their love of their pets through out the city streets, that a retail store that profits off the inhumanity and cruelty to animals by exploiting puppymill puppies is disgracing our community disguised as a puppy fashionista! "I Heart Puppies" profits off the suffering of the Puppy mill torture and neglect that has been made illegal by law is Los Angeles and is a direct contradiction to the city's ethics, community love, and pride that we all work together to maintain. A complete embarassment and typical stereotype that we are not a community of loving humanitarians, but one financial greed and profiteering... NOT a proud day to be a Native or a Citizen.

melodyrm

July 18th, 2011

BAN I HEART PUPPIES! Let the protests begin!!!! Can't wait to see them lose business as the community becomes educated on where the get their puppies from. SHAME ON YOU I HEART PUPPIES!!!!!!!!

kimmy

July 18th, 2011

I'm crying for the parents of the puppies this store so proudly brags about. They are suffering right now in extreme midwest heat. The breeders they use all have violations against them, you are supporting cruelty if you buy anything in this store until they go humane. The name of this store should be "I Heart $$$$."

Lauren

July 18th, 2011

Shame on I Heart Puppies. If I were closer by, I would be protesting in person with my own puppy mill survivor!

Tina Clark

July 18th, 2011

This store is not in compliance with fire ordinances, and they buy their puppies from a puppy mill that is not in compliance with USDA regulations, and which actually shot a dog in the head. But the truth is, even if they were in compliance with every rule in the book, and even if they obtained their puppies from suppliers that were in strict compliance with USDA regs, they would still be taking part in horrendous cruelty. The USDA regulations are a sham, and allow things no dog should be subjected to. That's the only way they can make a profit - by treating the dogs like produce, not like living beings.

Dan Rollans CDM

July 18th, 2011

"I Heart Puppies" is "Suffering for Sale". It's irresponsible, cruel, and unexceptable to run a business in which profits off innocent animal torture and abuse. The eyes of the world center on our beach community and this is sending the wrong message. This is not the type of people we are and is disgraceful to its citizens...

Chloe Jo

July 18th, 2011

You are only hurting animals by supporting breeders, and for every pet bought from a pet store, over 800 are put down. Yep - 800. Per day. In each State. Simply because there are already millions of dogs being euthanised because no one wants them. And the devastating thing is - you can definitely adopt pure breeds from shelters – a simple search on petfinder.com will show you how easily. You could find whatever breed you wish for (though I’m personally a big fan of mutts which have no health problems and live long lives!) to adopt easily, and that would have made one more breeder think twice about how he makes his bucks and not put dollars on a life. There is SUCH a massive pet overpopulation crisis that literally if you're buying a dog from a breeder, there is a perfectly healthy dog that is going to be put down. There just isn't enough room for them. And so often these pure breed dogs end up in shelters regardless. Those who breed millions of dogs and cats each year for profit are contributing to the companion animal overpopulation crisis. Every newborn puppy or kitten means one home fewer for a dog or cat desperately waiting in a shelter or roaming the streets. NEVER EVER BUY A PET... that is soooooo Paris Hilton.

Patricia Brooks

July 18th, 2011

I heart rescued shelter dogs. Stop enabling cruel puppy mills. Your making money off the suffering of breeding dogs. Get a real job ladies!

Paula

July 18th, 2011

I just sent this article to the City Council, hoping they read it and have some compassion. This is a tacky, cruel store in an upscale part of O.C. How embarassing for CDM to have this in their backyard. I hope they pass an ordinance like W. Hollywood, Lake Tahoe, Glendale, Austin and hopefully San Francisco to ban the sale of animals from mass breeding facilities. Our shelters are over crowded, people don't spay/neuter, who suffers the poor dogs & cats that are murdered because there aren't enough homes. This store must go humane now. Go protesters!

Sandy

July 18th, 2011

The owner of "I Heart Puppies" obviously is NOT an animal lover. Anyone who truly loves dogs DOES NOT support retail stores that sell puppy mill puppies. Who is the owner trying to fool? She is lying to consumers AND supporting animal cruelty. This is NOT ok!!! In addition, how can Corona Del Mar/NP Beach approve such a business? In doing so they too are now supporting animal cruelty. Shame, Shame. Shame, it's time to go humane!!! Not to mention Orange County Shelters and rescue groups are overflowing with puppies and dogs, purebreds and mixes that are all in desperate need of of homes. DON'T SHOP - ADOPT!!!

jennifer

July 18th, 2011

I'm ready to protest! Absolutely unbelievable what people are willing to do for cash in this country, shame on these store owners! SHAME!

Terry Grayson

July 18th, 2011

I sure hope "I Heart Puppies" takes this protest threat seriously. I will personally contribute to help CAPS with expenses they may incur if the protest(s) take place.

Barbara

July 18th, 2011

I walked by today for the first time and was surprised to see so many people inside. I've told several friends about the situation and they were simply unaware. With all the dog lovers in CDM, I think it's a question of getting the word out. I suppose a protest will attract attention and cause people to notice, but will it inform? This is a good forum...still not reaching as many in the community as needed. Glad the CDM Residents Association may discuss. Need to get more local community outreach.

Darla

July 18th, 2011

Thank you to Corona del Mar Today for exposing the abuse and cruelty hopefully not inherent in the puppy store business: stores could get just-as-cute puppies from any shelter, probably anytime. As a society we need to face the full scope of the problem about disrespecting life and cruelty. It's wrong. Period. These pet stores must advance and take responibility for what they are perpetuating. For all the right reasons and because the so-called "animal rights activists" you refer to in the story are actually more accurately identified as potential customers of see same pet shops if they clean up their act - it's been happening all over southern California.

Arlene S

July 18th, 2011

I have a puppy mill survivor, rescued from a 400 cage facility in Lancaster, CA. She is a 4 lb yorkie who already had a couple litters. These dogs are bred to be tiny, it's not normal and causes so many medical issues. If you don't mind spendiing over $1000 for a puppy, $10,000 for vet bills and feel O.K. about supporting such a cruel business, then you too are as mean as the owners of this store. ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!

Michael V

July 18th, 2011

Force breeding such beautiful animals in such deplorable conditions and then selling to unsuspecting dog lovers is just plain immoral. There is no reason why a place that claims to "Heart" (not <3) puppies should not be finding homes for the dogs that are most in need of love. I hope they will revise their business model to reflect the compassionate relationship we want with all companion animals in our society. Otherwise... I hope they go out of business, the faster the better!

Jeanne Marie

July 18th, 2011

With the enormous amount of public awareness on animal rights, animal abuse, puppy mills, and a great deal of other animal related subjects, how the heck can these women have not done their homework before opening this business!!!!!!! It's quite apparent that they just don't care about any of these atrocities!

Robin

July 18th, 2011

How sad that in the world today with all we know now we have to beg a business to do the right thing...shame on you for not getting your dogs from shelters and closing the circle on this horrendous situation of killing 4 mill. Animals in shelters each year. This is not hard to understand, either you are part of the greed or want to be part of a solution to save dogs from being killed each week in shelters. Why aren't you running to do this? Believe me you'll feel good about your contribution to making the world a better place, you have the power...

Lynda

July 18th, 2011

This shop owner just doesn't seem to get it. I've never heard yet about a store selling pets that they did not come from some kind of a breeding farm ala puppymill. These little animals have such awful lives --i know first hand as i have a rescued puppymill stud boy. He still struggles, years later with trust issues. But he's lucky because he wasn't the actual abused little baby machine providing pups for stores like I Heart Puppies. Ignorance is still so prevalent when it comes to the exacerbation of inhumane treatment of our 4-legged companions. Yes, responsible breeders do not sell their puppies to stores for just anyone to buy and risk them ending up in a not so loving home to later be dumped in a shelter or worse. This I Heart Puppies store is adding to this already out of control problem. The store owner doesn't know what she's in for... The protesters should run a puppymill video in front of her store...

natali m

July 18th, 2011

Why buy from and support puppy mills and greedy breeders, while there are thousands of puppies in shelters dying every day due to overcrowding. Any business that supports animal abuse and willfully ignores commonly known problems should be protested and boycotted. There is not one good reason for anyone to make a profit off the misery of others.

Norma Sandler

July 18th, 2011

BREEDERS ARE ALL FLESH PEDDLERS BY DEFINITION, and puppy mills are the worst of them.These "ladies" are no ladies if they sell the products of horrendous cruelty. Surely they know where their puppies come from and how they suffer. They should be shut down. If they REALLY love dogs they can easily save lives by selling some of the wonderful, beautiful dogs and puppies that get murdered by the thousands every day in California "shelters.". Get real. The public isn't as stupid as you think. That would be the REAL puppy love.

Virginia

July 18th, 2011

Laguna Beach resident here, and glad these Cruella de Vil-ladies decided not to set up shop in Laguna Beach. (Luckily it was too difficult for them to sell live animals there.) They say they sell from "individual breeders" not "puppy mills" at "I Heart Puppies." Please don't fall for that. ALL puppy mills are run by "individual breeders," and usually have some pleasant sounding name and are from some unassuming small town. Follow the puppies back -- a plane ride in a cargo hold (many die along the way), matted hair, cramped conditions, and a breeder dog living in dismal conditions. I don't like the idea of "buying" designer dogs at all when so many wonderful dogs are killed each day in shelters, but responsible breeders sell ONLY to individuals they've personally met and many require that you sign a contract to give them the dogs back if you ever can't take care of them. They certainly don't encourage impulse buys from a storefront in the trendy part of town.... If you REALLY heart puppies, adopt. But if you must buy, only buy direct ly from responsible breeders who interview you and also let YOU inspect THEM.

Brenda

July 18th, 2011

Anyone who truly loves dogs would never breed them or ship them hundreds of miles away, or thousands of miles away as is the case with the dogs sold in this puppy mill outlet. Please boycott this store, they should be called "I HATE Puppies" - because all they care about is their profit margin.

Dianne D.

July 18th, 2011

The owners of this store are willing participants in the "breed for greed" game. The breeder that CAPS mentioned, Crick Kennels, Burwell, Nebraska has such a scathing "USDA" report that you should read it for yourself. They have over 100 dogs! That is not a private breeder that is a puppy mill. http://www.petshoppuppies.com/inspections/47-A-0426.pdf Furthermore, the consumers who purchase from this store must also take the blame. If there were no demand for these puppies then there would be no supply. You have to be living under a rock not to know that puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. The most important thing you can do is NEVER shop in a store that sells puppies. Even purchasing a leash or collar gives the owners more money to continue buying puppies. Be part of the solution not part of the problem.

Kelli

July 18th, 2011

LOL if they think stating that all of their breeders are "USDA licensed and inspected" = not puppy mills/farms.

Dawn

July 18th, 2011

These women need to GO VISIT the so called respectable breeders they get their puppies from. If you are going to buy puppies.. wouldn't you go and actually SEE the kennels? SEE for yourself and be able to say in CONFIDENCE that the places you are getting your puppies from are clean, healthy and humane... They won't do that because deep in their heart they are afraid of what they will find.. ignorance is bliss!!!! and these women are ignorant to the power of compassionate people that care about puppies... my latest rescue is a puppy mill dog (a small scale puppy mill at that...) He is a three legged dog because his leg was so badly mangled when they rescued him .. they imagine it got caught in the bars or chewed on by another puppy/dog... he has major possesion aggression and trust issues on being held.. all from him having a terrible start and no standards on his parents or genetics... shame on them for adding to that.. and so many of these problems won't even surface in these puppies till later on... shame on the consumers that give them business!

Sydney Cicourel

July 18th, 2011

II think it critically important that the citizens of the beautiful city of Corona del Mar understand just what the animal protection movement is talking about when we urge, “Please don’t shop at I Heart Puppies, as they are in the business of animal cruelty.” What people need to understand is that these stores buy from puppy mills then lie about the origin of the puppies, only to get away with it because there is no oversight. Again, as mentioned in previous responses, “Responsible breeders do not sell to pet stores,” period. What is a puppy mill? It is basically the factory farming of puppies. The parents of the cute little puppies you see in these stores like I Heart Puppies live their entire lives in cages, never have a name, a toy, a blanket, and often live in stacked wire cages with no protection from the sweltering heat of summer and freezing cold of winter in the Midwest, (the puppy mill capital of the US.) Additionally, be prepared to dig deep into your pockets for your future vet bills for a very ill or genetically defective puppy from a pet store! Puppy mills do not care about the health of their “stock”, it is all about profit!!! (We have video footage of puppy mills that I Heart Puppies purchases from to stock their store.) Oh, and one more thing, it is legal! With 4 to 5 million dogs being killed each year in US shelters because there simply are not enough homes, why in the world are we breeding more puppies in factory farms to stock stores like I Heart Puppies? After all, 25% of all dogs in shelters are pure breeds’!!! And, with hundreds of pure breed rescue groups in Southern California alone, there is no need for anyone to be contributing to the needless death of homeless dogs! On any given day you can find any breed or mixed breed, of any gender or age from area shelters or rescue organizations at a fraction of the cost!! And you are saving a life!! Pet stores selling puppies like I Heart Puppies feed off the misery of breeding dogs everywhere in the US. Please tell city officials and your friends, Corona Del Mar is no place for animal cruelty, and we will not support a store such as this in our midst! San Diego Campaign Coordinator for the Companion Animal Protection Society

Dewey

July 18th, 2011

When's the Protest????? When's the city hall meeting???? Post the details and get the word out so people can really but an end to this hypocrisy. Sadly enough it really seems like these ladies just didn't realize that they were stepping into a big pile of fresh doodoo.... There are plenty of rescue dogs they could help out... Meanwhile shop at DOGMA in Newport Coast!

Melissa

July 18th, 2011

With all of this evidence staring the owners in the face, and they are still hell bent on selling puppy mill dogs? Has to mean they are incredibly stubborn (even to the point of supporting systematic animal abuse) and/or incredibly greedy. And I guess we can surmise I Heart Puppies means puppies only? Guess the love stops at about a year and a half when the dog is old enough to be caged up for the rest of its life as a breeding machine. Lovely women. Lovely business.

Celestine

July 18th, 2011

I simply cannot understand why anyone would open a business like that, selling puppies like clothes. With all the news coverage, most people must have heard about puppy mills. I can only assume these store owners know and don't care about the dogs. They only see dollar signs. Why would Corona del Mar allow such a cruel and outdated business? I'd like to give them the benefit of a doubt that they are truly uninformed, but with the info on the breeders CAPS has given them, they should not 'order' any more puppies from their nasty suppliers. We do not need a new flood of puppies with our strapped city and county shelters that have a hard time finding homes for all their animals.

Sam

July 18th, 2011

Instead of spending ridiculous amounts of money on a pet store inbred, how about rescuing a puppy from a shelter? Want a purebred? 25% dogs in the shelter system are. Too lazy to look? Contact a specific breed rescue for the type of dog or puppy you're interested in. There is no excuse for not saving a life, and for every dog you buy a shelter dog dies. http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978970583

Peggy

July 19th, 2011

Can one of the commenters tell me the difference between I Heart Puppy's and Russo's in Fashion Island? Are they also supplied by puppy mills and if so, have they been targeted for protests?

anne roberts

July 19th, 2011

the suffering must end the only way is to stop selling any creatures in shops. there are shelters overflowing with unwanted furbubs where people can find their furfriends. while money mad and heartless are permitted to use other creatures for their benifit these voiceless will suffer. and besides the puppy mills there is the other matter to be faced those who buy on a wim are the subs that dump them to become one of the shelters unwanted numbers.

Janie Jenkins

July 19th, 2011

All "breeders" that sell to pet stores must be licensed by the USDA. These USDA breeders are considered commercial dog breeders, they farm dogs for the puppies just like a chicken farmer farms chickens for eggs. What consumer wants to buy their new family pet from a facility such as this? This is consumer fraud!! Why would you want a store like this in your neighborhood?

MaryWW

July 19th, 2011

Shut this store down- or they need to go to a humane model as these ladies have made other puppystores do before. Puppymills are a blight to humanity- and anyone who has bought a puppy from a store is to blame for their existance. Wake up- adopt your dog from a rescue group or animal shelter, and quit fueling a horrible industry.

carole

July 19th, 2011

Peggy, Russo's is no different than I heart puppies, they have actually been protested by O.C. activists. I think they could definitely use some more volunteers willing to hand out fliers and educate the public. Responsible breeders NEVER EVER sell to puppy stores, they would never ship in a truck puppies and never know where they end up. Please attend city council meetings regarding a ban on selling dogs & cats from commercial breeding facilities.

carole davis

July 19th, 2011

In response to Peggy: The difference between I Heart Puppies and Russo's is that they are two different stores. Once we started investigating I Heart Puppies, we expanded our investigation and included Russo's. The investigation is ongoing.<> I Heart Puppies has been issued a STOP WORK Enforcement by the City of NB as a result of NOT complying with state laws regarding animal welfare and fire safety. This means that until they are compliant, they are not to house any animals. The law is the law. If you see kittens from the OC shelter in there, it means that the owners of I Heart Puppies is finally getting it. Don't think for a minute that they WANTED to have homeless animals in there. They are reacting to the demands of the public for a humane business conversion. You can't convert to the humane business model half-way. You are either humane or you are not. A couple of shelter kittens isn't going humane. Going humane means that I Heart Puppies stops buying from puppy mills period and offers rescued animals only and supplies and services. If they go humane, they will relieve the overburdened OC shelter, save taxpayer money, save lives and make everybody happy. Companion Animal Protection Society

Stacy Bodell

July 19th, 2011

These places are horrible! They have no hearts and no regard for these animals. No reputable breeder would EVER allow their dogs to be sold in a puppy store and to live in those conditions. It baffles me that people don't get this and continue to buy dogs from stores like they are buying a shirt or a cup of coffee! I really hope the residents of Corona del Mar boycott this store and we can CLOSE THIS PLACE DOWN! Go Carole!

Bella

July 19th, 2011

They are really uninformed if they think that they don't need a sprinkler system. Denial, denial, denial. Never buy a dog from a pet store, always adopt.

Margot

July 19th, 2011

Hoping they will take the easier way out and adopt the humane business model. Otherwise, go get 'em! We're coming for I Love Puppies and all of the others. It's just a matter of time. One day we will live in a perfect world where no puppies are sold. Only adopted. ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!

Julie

July 19th, 2011

Peggy, Russo's is the same. If you google Russo's you will articles where Russo's was buying sick puppies from Mexico and then selling them. http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/7746/CA/US/ Search the internet. Never buy from a pet store. As cute as the puppies are if you purchase from a pet store you will support the puppy mill. The goal is to put the puppy mills out of business. There are rescue groups for any dog you want. Just look at petfinder.

carole s

July 19th, 2011

http://pawpassion.org/pet-shop-owner-%E2%80%99sees-the-light%E2%80%99-and-stops-selling-from-puppy-mills/ Here is a link to a store that has gone humane and is doing just fine. Also 3 stores in Santa Monica went humane after CAPS protested them, they are all still in business and have saved hundreds of lives from the local shelters. There is no excuse to support people who make $$ off of the backs of animals. Dogs are dying right now in the midwest, stuck in rabbit hutches outside, no shade, no water, no humans looking after them, if they die they DON'T CARE, it's a cash crop to them and this store supports that cruelty. Go Humane!

Monica Otero

July 19th, 2011

I am truly devastated that will all the knowledge and info out there, people would actual open a new business selling dogs. PUPPIES AREN'T PRODUCTS. Buying dogs is killing dogs! They need to stop selling dogs, and get on board with several rescue groups, so that dogs can be adopted. I would prefer to see them shut down all together, but they have plenty of actual merchandise to sell if they must. What about the landlord that leased them the space? Who are these ignorant uncaring people? I know that if we protest and come together as a community, we can get rid of them! You are selling LIES with the sign "I heart puppies". If u did u would not be selling and getting them from puppy mills!!! TRULY SICK. http://www.animalnetwork.org/ go here and rescue a dog!

Sophie

July 19th, 2011

What more do the shop owners need? If the Department of Agriculture is on the " breeders" case, this is just tip of the iceberg. The reports of the one dog tied and shot should be enough to stop dealing with them. Plus if they could do work with a rescue group it would make m feel better about the owners . The name of the store should be "I HEARTLESS Puppy"

Tamra

July 19th, 2011

"Dogs are bred in sub-standard and inhumane conditions, often in dirty, cramped kennels, literally living in their own feces." Owners of pet stores should be ashamed. There are so many wonderful pets needing rescue from local shelters. So many die every day and the public has to stop supporting these pet stroes selling puppy mill dogs. Come one people ...4-5 million animals die in shelters every year (roughly 11,000 every day.

Phoebe

July 19th, 2011

All pet store puppies come from mills....ALL OF THEM. Reputable breeders don't sell to pet stores. And most mills shoot, drown or simply hit the dogs in the head with a rock when they're no longer profitable. Shooting is certainly nothing out of the ordinary. Euthanasia by a vet would cut into the profits and that's the one and only thing puppy millers care about. The animal welfare act does practically nothing to protect dogs in mills. They are considered agriculture and the USDA is a joke. They don't care about dogs. Why do you think these criminals are rarely shut down.....even after they shoot dogs? Really doesn't matter where the dogs come from, selling them for profit faster than this country can murder them is beyond unethical. Do they sell Chihuahuas? Doesn't the State of CA kill thousands of Chihuahuas every month? These ladies need to find a way to make an honest living.

Heather

July 19th, 2011

We are a 501C3 rescue based out of Irvine/Corona Del Mar and I'm also a previous resident of CDM. It saddens me to see these girls sell mixed breed dogs for outrageous prices while shelter dogs die. It sends the wrong message to the public and the dogs are the ones that suffer the consequences. No reputable breeder would sell a puppy to a pet store, nor would they cross breed in order to get the variety of pups a pet store needs for their inventory. If the girls bought from a reputable breeder there would be no profit margin in it for them. I really hope they reconsider this business venture. Take a look in the shelters - many pregnant moms left behind, adorable pups, adults that need merley a grooming and a warm home - our rescue is a proven fact of that. Save a life, don't add to the problem. We do not support this store and will ask all our friends not to support it either.

Kristina Bowman

July 19th, 2011

First I must say that I am shocked that so many pet stores (that sell animals) are still open, much less starting a new business. The public is slowly, but surely getting the message that "buying" a pet is not only supporting puppy mills, but it is downright stupid. Rather than paying upwards of $1,000 for a designer (puppy-mill) mutt that will, undoubtedly end up costing them thousands more in vet bills because of genetic flaws from over & in-breeding, they could actually get a wonderful dog or puppy (yes, even pure breds) from a shelter or rescue group for around a $100 ...already vetted, spayed/neutered, vaccinated & microchipped as well. All pet stores claim that their dogs are from "reputable" breeders, but that is pure CRAP! They are from puppy-mills! USDA certified doesn't mean a thing! Trust me, I am on an animal rescue team and we see the horrific conditions these poor, innoocent dogs have to endure for years, until they are literally worn out and used up...and ultimately discarded. NO "reputable" breeder would EVER sell their puppies to a pet store! Period! Wake up people! And I say to I Heart Puppies: "Go Humane or Go Out of Business!" You do not want this wonderful group of animal loving protestors on your case!

Norma Sandler

July 19th, 2011

PUFFY - ID#A1227593 My name is Puffy and I am an unaltered female, white Poodle - Miniature. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years and 0 months old. I weigh approximately 13 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jul 02, 2011 FLORA - ID#A1224040 My name is Flora and I am an unaltered female, brown and white Terrier mix and Shih Tzu. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old. I weigh approximately 11 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jun 21, 2011 RONNIE ID#A1228242 I am an unaltered male, black WELSH Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years and 0 months old. I weigh approximately 8 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jul 05, 2011. LONNIE- ID#A1228244 I am an unaltered male, black WELSH Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 1 years and 0 months old. I weigh approximately 7 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jul 05, 2011. -- Anna Hernandez NEW HOPE COORDINATOR Los Angeles Animal Services North Central Division 3201 Lacy St. Los Angeles Ca. 90031 Shelter (213)485-5767 Fax (213)847-0555 Cell (213)305-4096 Business Hours Tues-Sat. 8-5 Email: Ani.newhopenc@lacity.org www.laanimalservices.com You can now follow NOCs' MPA's on http://twitter.com/AnnaLAASNOC ♥_♥___♥_♥_ ♥___♥_♥___♥ _♥___♥___♥_ __♥_____♥__ ___♥___♥___ ____♥_♥____ ♥

Ann

July 22nd, 2011

This is horrible! Stop right now!

Stefani

July 22nd, 2011

If people really heart puppies, they should adopt them. Buying puppies leads to over population

Bella

July 25th, 2011

The girls at the IHP said that the best breeders come from the Midwest. That shows that they did not do their homework. That's where the puppy mills are. Watch this short clip with Charlise Theron. http://youtu.be/UW4cp0AvC4w

no name

July 26th, 2011

i have personally been to the puppymill and spoke to the woman herself. I have seen the waterbowls with ice in them because it is so cold and the piles of poop left in cages that the dogs walk in all day. she lives alone in the middle of no where and has not one employee but has over 100 adult dogs, that doesnt count all the puppies, she has countless violations and she shot the golden because it laid on its puppies and killed them, news flash, you have to watch your little moms they do lay on them accidently, they are dogs! go to the CAPS website and see the videos spread the word, educate yourself, i heart puppies "hates" puppies but LOVES money...

Cathy

July 27th, 2011

I HEART puppies? Really? If the owners of this store really did love puppies, they would work with shelters and rescue groups, not puppy mills. Every puppy mill dog they sell, every dog from those dog manufacturing hellholes, means puppies in shelters die. If you really heart puppies ladies, then do the right thing.

Norma Sandler

July 27th, 2011

This is a CAPS investigation. Although it's not the one connectec to the CDM store it does show how horrible puppy mills are and how dedicated Carole Sax and CAPS really are. If they say I Heart Puppies is connected to puppy mills you can be sure they are. When she says she has evidence, you can be sure she does. http://www.caps-web.org/index.php?option=com_wordpress&cat=177&Itemid=196#caps_vs_bauck

Norma Sandler

July 28th, 2011

GINA - ID#A1227222 My name is Gina and I am an unaltered female, black and Tan Border Collie Mix The shelter thinks I am about 10 months old. I weigh approximately 43 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jun 30, 2011. Owner Surredered LIKES TO PLAY BALL Needs training very energetic PUP -- Anna Hernandez NEW HOPE COORDINATOR Los Angeles Animal Services North Central Division 3201 Lacy St. Los Angeles Ca. 90031 Shelter (213)485-5767 Fax (213)847-0555 Cell (213)305-4096 Business Hours Tues-Sat. 8-5 Email: Ani.newhopenc@lacity.org www.laanimalservices.com You can now follow NOCs' MPA's on http://twitter.com/AnnaLAASNOC ♥_♥___♥_♥_

Cora

August 7th, 2011

I've read so many comments I'm sure I'm going to get some of them mixed up, but here goes: @CAPS in general--I keep reading the same thing "we have proof...we have proof...you haven't seen what we've seen..." So what/where is this proof? Sorry, but I get a little suspicious at a group that won't reveal what they're basing their whole arguement on. Also, why do you keep insisting that this store MUST go humane? Who are you to decide what they MUST do with their own store so long as it is operating within the parameters of the law? If you don't like what that law is, work to change it! Somewhere there was a discussion of the civil rights and protests and such. The businesses changed their ways because the LAWS were changed. I keep reading how the USDA's rules are pathetic, minimal, etc. Okay, so go protest USDA! Tell them what they MUST do. You don't like their 6" rule (neither do I)...so tell them they MUST change that rule. You're fighting an uphill battle, so go directly to the top---USDA. Yes, puppymills are bad. Beyond bad. We all get that, and I'm assuming we all agree on that. But you say you're going to put them out of business by not giving them a place to sell puppies to. To me, this seems like pro-life activists blowing up abortion clinics, which does nothing to prevent 'unwanted' pregnancies that supply (for lack of a better term) those clinics. Taking out the middle man won't solve the problem. Educate the public. Educate the people that are getting the dogs. Skip the pet stores and go directly to the pet owners...don't give the pet stores (and from there puppymills) a PERSON to sell the puppies to. @Dianne D--You said that according to the report that place had over 100 dogs. I didn't read that anywhere, although I very well could have missed it. The largest number I saw was 85. Not that that's a small number, but shouldn't we be sticking with facts and not dramatizations? Also, somebody mentioned they thought the dog was probably shot because it couldn't produce any more puppies...the form states right there that the dog killed all of its puppies! Is this a temperment you would want in your dog, in your home, around your other pets, around your children? Somebody stated something about the [breeding] dogs not having toys, etc. Do you realize that USDA doesn't ALLOW them to have toys? You learn some interesting things when you start reading the government's fine print and "rulebooks". I've been in the food/restaurant area long enough to know that your inspector can be as lenient or as stiff as his/her mood happens to sway them, and they can apply that fine print as it suits them. I admire groups for supporting their beliefs. But why must it go to the point of threats and ruining lives?

Esther

August 7th, 2011

@No Name: so you know so much about this person but don't have the 'nads to identify yourself....that seems a bit odd. Or should I say underhanded? Waterbowls with ice in them? "Newsflash": that tends to happen during a midwest winter! And the dog didn't lay on her pups. She tore her babies' heads off, based on the information I've received. Also, none of her USDA documents that I've seen show there being over 100 adult dogs. How does her location even apply to the current discussion? Lots of people live in the "middle of nowhere" (by your standards). She lives alone. Again, how does that make a difference? Lots of people live alone and do just fine. She has no employees...maybe that means she handles things herself and so therefor knows her animals and what she's doing? If you want to discuss the condition of her dogs, that makes sense. But attacking a person because they don't live in a city like you? Find something worthwhile or move on, please. :)


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