I Heart Puppies Owners Defend Their Business, Criticize Protesters at CdM BID Meeting

posted: August 25th, 2011 05:45 pm | 43Comments

Two of the owners of I Heart Puppies attended a board meeting this morning of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, apologizing for the disruption caused by animal rights protesters at their shop and detailing the efforts they have made to buy animals from quality breeders.

Suzanne and Brooke Bradford said they traveled two weeks ago to Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas to visit the breeders they have used. They found healthy animals in clean cages, they said.

“They were definitely not puppy mills,” Suzanne Bradford said. “They (the commercial breeders) are hardworking people. That’s their industry.”

Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animals Protection Society, said in an interview that she was skeptical the owners’ tour showed the true story.

“They are trying to make it look like all is dandy,” she said. “All is not dandy.”

B.I.D. board member Jim Walker asked if the women had considered selling rescue dogs. The women said they tried, but the four dogs they had from shelters all were sick.

The Bradfords told the B.I.D. board members that protesters have called their customers names and been disruptive to neighboring businesses.

“I feel very responsible,” Suzanne Bradford said. “We brought this element to our community. We don’t know how to handle it.”

The women said protesters could begin showing up on Saturdays and Sundays as well as making “surprise visits.”

“Is there a way where they have to get permits?” Suzanne Bradford asked, adding that she was fearful of the protesters.

Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner said the protesters were protected by the First Amendment and that permits were not required.

B.I.D. Chairman Bernie Svalstad suggested the women’s attorney contact the city attorney for guidance, but he reiterated that the B.I.D. had no role in the controversy. The women said they were pursuing legal remedies to stop the protests.

“If I had known how political it was, I probably wouldn’t have done this,” Suzanne Bradford said. “We have learned so much.”

Read our earlier stories here, here, here, here and here.


43 Responses to “I Heart Puppies Owners Defend Their Business, Criticize Protesters at CdM BID Meeting”

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Pam, Newport Beach

August 25th, 2011

Why don't these women just sell nice merchandise and sponsor a rescue group. Let the rescue group worry about the vetting of the dogs etc. They can even ask for a percentage of the adoption fee. How can they possibly think a commerical breeding facility is O.K. and when the dog is done breeding they are put to sleep? How do they live with themselves?

Dan Rollans

August 25th, 2011

Stop protests?... this is the United States of America. It seems to me the store is hiding something they should not be doing and refuses to make amends to the community by folllowing the humane industries leads like Irvine Company. Why would we want a store in our city that is not humane and ethically opposed in the rest and most prestigious shopping areas. Is CDM turning into an anything goes part of the city. That's not good. And if Suzanne Bradford wants to sell cruelty where she will not be protested, perhaps China is the place for her business. Apparently cruelty to animals is disregarded there and she could make her inhumane profits with out fear of protest.

robincdm

August 25th, 2011

No surprise that they didn't mention all the sickly dogs cramped in the filthy cages. So now they are going to try and seek legal remedies to try and circumvent the first amendment rights of American citizens? How communistic of them. Perhaps they should move to China where they won't have to worry about anyone having rights to speak out. And Ms Suzanne B., had you done your homework in the first place you might have learned a thing or two before opening a puppy-mill pet store. One, the awareness about puppy mills is growing. Two, people will not support a cruelty based industry. Three, no one wants a cruelty based store in their neighborhood, and four, you should be ashamed for even thinking that puppies are a commodity to be bought and sold for profit in the first place. Dogs are living, breathing, feeling creatures that experience, fear, pain, loneliness and agony, and they experience sadness and loss as evident in the photos of the Navy Seals funeral in Iowa with his loyal dog lying next to his masters coffin. Will you stuff that dog in a cage for the rest of its life to make a profit for yourself? Ms. Bradford, just what was the temperature and the dew points in Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas when you were there? And just how many dogs and puppies were in confinements that had air conditioning? How many were panting and roasting unable to access even the briefest relief from the sweltering heat? How many dogs do you suppose roasted to death before your visit to these "Commercial Breeders?" How long were you outside before you sought shelter from the extreme temperatures? Yea you should feel responsible. You didn't bother to lift a finger to do any homework and you own and support a cruelty based industry. Epic Fail! And another FYI, go through a rescue organization for rescue animals. They have been cared for and brought back to health and ready for a new home. That then makes room for the rescue people to adopt more death row dogs out of the overburdened shelters. We see what you're trying to do, trying to set yourself up with "an excuse," and it's not going to work. If you say the shelters dogs you had were all sick and then did nothing to make them well before trying to adopt them out? Then you are truly clueless and your manipulations do not fool any one. Most certainly not any of us that are all too familiar with all the lies and tricks your type of business uses to fool and defraud unsuspecting consumers.

Fred CDM

August 25th, 2011

Since when did Newport Beach become Facist? These women need to change their business practices to humane like Los Angeles and the Irvine Company or they should excpect visitors from protest groups. It's unnecessary for this to be going on in our small community. I don't think any local citizen in CDM wants it rubbed in their face that we endorse for profit USDA puppy mill dogs in Corona Del Mar, when the Irvine Company has taken a stand against the inhumane sale of Pet Store Puppies. It is not too much to ask for these women to practice a humane business model so that we and our city is allowed to maintain its dignity.

doggiesweater

August 25th, 2011

Ladies, use this attention to re-launch your business. You might thinkselling dogs breed for per shops is okay when they come from places that resemble animal control facilities, it is not! You can't fool everyone for long. You just got duped, move on to success in your new business.

Companion Animal rotection Society

August 25th, 2011

Facts about I Heart Puppies: 1. The are in business with puppy mills and CAPS has evidence of that. 2. Several of their breeders have violated federal law and one (that we know of) is under investigation by the USDA for shooting a Golden Retriever in the head. 3.CAPS does not protest without evidence. 4. I Heart Puppies has violated state law and continues to violate state law. 5. They use a broker that has no license. 6. The owners of I Heart Puppies, Bradford, Bradford and Gorijian, attempted to restrict constitutionally protected free speech by filing a restraining order against CAPS's West coast Director because they did not want the truth to be exposed. It was thrown out. They were denied. 7. Their friends have called some of the activists who have been protesting the store "whores." It is THEY who have called activists names. They even told a young girl protesting that she should "go home and put on a bra." 8. The City Attorney will not help this shady business squash the first amendment. Free speech is constitutionally protected. 9. The owners of I Heart Puppies have knowingly made false statements on a court document. That is a felony. We have evidence of that too. Lastly: The owners of I Heart Puppies think it is OK to sell animals from inhumane breeding factories and dupe customers into thinking that they are from responsible breeders. They are not responsible breeders at all. Far from it. Responsible breeders never sell to pet stores. The I Heart Puppy breeders are large volume commercial breeders who keep dogs in cages their entire lives, and the dogs are exposed to the elements with inadequate shelter, inadequate vet care (one breeders shoots dogs rather than euthanize humanely with a vet, a crime) and have no socialization. CAPS has footage. For these dog dealers to say to the BID that shelter dogs are all sick is preposterous. All dogs can get sick,just like people. The difference for them is that they can but the mill dogs for $150 and sell for over $1000. There are far more ethical ways to make money than selling animals from cruel dog factories. We wish they would wake up and go humane. It's the only ethical choice at this point. To depict dog lovers who boycott this store as "terrorists," as they have is preposterous. The activists all have pets and love their pets. They wish these dog dealers would grow a heart.

barbara

August 25th, 2011

The Irvine Company is no longer leasing to stores that sell dogs and cats. My dog is a puppy-mill product from Russo's; I'm glad they are losing their lease. The marketplace is changing for pet stores, and I don't think this store will survive given increasing awareness of the supply chain for puppies. After watching a documentary on TV last night about puppy mills, I think the Bradfords would do well to accept they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Deborah

August 25th, 2011

These woman are acting like they are victims here...The only victims are the poor puppy mill breeders. I would love to see video of all these puppy mills you visited. You bit off more than you could chew. Torture is not pretty and you are just as guilty of torture as if you were working on the puppy mill farm yourself...Shame Shame Shame...

Kelly NB

August 25th, 2011

This is the Breeder I Heart Puppies and the Bradfords visited and featured an article on. So the citizens of Newport and Corna Del Mar have every logical reason to be concerned. By the way where were all the dogs in her photos you published? Why are the cages EMPTY? And in business, it is not exceptable or rational that a few up to date facilities make up for the ones in violation. Thats like saying, No big deal, I only commit consumer fraud 3 out of 5 transactions.. Are we supposed to accept their word when they obviously lie to cover up? A disgrace to the community. Why cant they go humane like the Irvine Co. and help ease the tax payer money we needlessly spend on our shelter killing homeless dogs. They have come to town to make money off our name, and all we have gotten since they arrived is a bunch of grief and back paddling with no solution from the owners. And now they want Newport to deny constitutional rights of speech? Are these women CRAZY? I will be spending and doing my shopping at fashion island. In a humane environment where my rights are not questioned or violated. Those women have no business doing business in Newport Beach. period. http://youtu.be/GLclYVClXMs

Kelly NB

August 25th, 2011

I Heart Puppies Breeder http://youtu.be/GLclYVClXMs

Jennifer

August 25th, 2011

Pretty much ditto what everyone has said above so eloquently. I'm so proud of the people who do take a few hours out of their day to protest a store that is directly linked to abusive puppy mills. So many people sit on their asses and do nothing, thank GOD we live in a country where our rights to protest are Constitutionally protected. Go humane "I Heart Puppies"! Work with a local rescue and do the right thing. It's the only choice long term. You can turn this around so fast if you truly care about dogs. I pray you'll do the right thing!

Kimmy

August 25th, 2011

I'm hoping the protesters do step it up. There is no excuse supporting animal abuse. These women should have done their research before opening up such a cruel business. In this day to be a puppy peddler, shameful. They are really good at lying afterall they lie to the public about where their puppies come from. RESPONSIBLE/HOBBY BREEDERS NEVER EVER SELL TO PET STORES, EVER!

Stacey Corona del Mar

August 25th, 2011

“If I had known how political it was, I probably wouldn’t have done this,” Suzanne Bradford said. “We have learned so much.” It's never too late to change your business model. Many retail puppy stores have. In fact when you called me to invite me to your grand opening you dodged the question when I asked where the puppies came from. I offered to consult with your business at no charge to convert to a humane model. IHP rep hung up on me. IHP knew how political this issue is. The gist of your statement in an earlier article was that you did not open your store in Laguna Beach because of the restrictions against selling pets.

Ralph B. Corona Del Mar

August 25th, 2011

Why can't these women go Humane like so many other successful stores are doing by selling rescues? We don't want another Russo's in our neighborhood that sells puppies from USDA licensed puppy mills. You say you attempted to sell shelter dogs that were sick? What kind of incompetent person selling live animals does not get them checked and treated at a Veterinarian first? That certainly speaks for itself! These women are irresponsible and have no idea how to run a business selling live animals. Their business practices are shady, unethical, and incompetent. They are not capable of running a business and have no respect for the community. My neighbor attended a protest at your store and she is one of the sweetest young girls I have ever met. , Are you telling CDM tax payers they dont have the right to speak out in their own community. This is unacceptable. This business needs to go humane like the Irvine Company who refuses to lease space to stores that sell puppies and I am certain they have done their homework on the commercial dog breeding industry. I trust the Irvine companies decision and opinion on where these animals come from and their stand against it. Where did these ladies come from??? How come they are not respecting the ethical decisions our business leaders are making? INCOMPETENT and it is no wonder this business has brought protesters down on them. I think I may join my neighbor the next time she goes. I would like anyone to tell me I cant protest inhumanenss on the very sidewalk my taxes have been paying for, for decades!

Paige

August 25th, 2011

Guess what? I've been surfing up and down the coast for years. I'm connected to Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar. I have asked many locals as to what dogs have been sold in in "I heart Puppies', and not a one of them have heard of a rescue in the window. Do they have pictures of the sick rescues? I know of eight rescues, and they're very healthy. It is really important to understand the 'breeders' in Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas. Why do the owners think that clean cages are o.k.? Cages are NOT o.k. for any animal, clean or not. Why is this so hard for the owners of I Heart Puppies to wrap their heads around? There are breeders in your backyard. The reason you go to Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas is because they are not breeders. There are thousands of puppy mills. Where do you think all these puppies go? They go to pet stores. Puppies that come from these states are from puppy mills, plain and simple. The reason why they don't sell from local breeders is because breeders don't sell their animals to pet stores. Why do the owners of this store think we are so stupid. It really is insulting at this point. Come on! Get off the dollar and listen! Go there yourself! Don't trust pictures, even if you think a dog should spend its life in a cage.

robincdm

August 25th, 2011

By the way Ms. Bradford, Excuse me- but it is exactly your type business that is "the element" that is not wanted---> in my community. This is not your community you are not even from this state! You bring this unsavory mess to my state and my community and then you want my city leaders to clean up your scat for you so that you may merrily go about your way peddling dogs for your profit? You brought this mess on yourself. You fix it!

jeff smith

August 25th, 2011

As someone who has visited many animal shelters, and adoped many of the dogs, I sincerely doubt these women went to an animal shelter and picked out 4 sick dogs to sell at their store. Sorry, but that seems Extremely unlikely! And I am equally doubtful that they conducted a serious inspection of those breeders in Missouri and Nebraska. Many people have inspected those places and been disgusted by the conditions and lack of proper care given to the animals.

Rebecca CDM

August 25th, 2011

Why are these heartless, clueless, profiteers opening up shop in our city? Because Laugna didn't let you in and neither would Fashion Island. We were the only ones and you want to contain freedom of speech in our city. Do you know what kind of ramifications that could lead to for its citizens if it is approved??? You have degraded our city since the day you opened your store. We were not your first choice and you are not our problem. Please Leave!! How dare you try to have your lawyer contain freedom of speach in our city! We have few contitutional rights now adays and you attack them and suppress them?? Like I said, you are unwanted here. Quit attempting to destroy our citizen rights! !!

Ted Newport

August 25th, 2011

I am a home owner, land owner, and Vice President of a commercial real estate company with properties in Newport Beach. If there is any consideration of minimizing or denying constitutional rights in the city of Newport Beach, the council needs to have an open hearing on the matter. This is not taken lightly and is a very serious matter that needs to be addressed by it's citizens in a public hearing. This is outrageous!

Kelly NB

August 25th, 2011

Want the Truth? ask NBPD.. they are there in full force for the entire length of the protest... they make reports available to you for a small fee upon request. These women are lying and have been lying from the start. The protesters are NOT harassing your customers nor instilled threatening behavior or attitude towards the owners. There are an average of 5 officers every protest watching closely. Had there been threats of any kind, they certainly would have abliged the officers like they did when they were denying our constituional right to be infront of the store and informed officers we were trespassing..All the while hitting our legs with a barrier comprised of a metal dog cage to aggresively interupt peaceful protest. If the Irvine Company refuses to lease space to stores that sell puppies from the commercial dog breeding industry, YOU BET the decision was based on knowledge and facts. The Bradfords and Sahel Gorjian have no respect for citizens and their rights and are abusive and supressive to peaceful protesters...That is a FACT.

Norma Sandler

August 25th, 2011

It is extremely unlikely that these women took in four rescue puppies and even more ludicrous all four were sick! What did they do with those puppies? I'd like to see the paper work on all that. I hope CAPS is all over that lie. These people have lied in the faces of city officials. It shows everyone what unscrupulous people they really are and what their intentions remain to be. They will not go humane and should be put out of the flesh peddling business. I hate to think of any animals at all in their care.

melody m.

August 25th, 2011

Sounds like two owners aren't liking getting continuously smacked in the face with reality. How's crow taste Bradford??? You deserve everything you are getting and more. They say if you are going to open business you should love what you do. Are you loving getting up everyday to fight an uphill battle to SELL dogs? Is it worth it? Because this is it. Enjoy it! No turning back and redeeming yourselves. I hope you go broke - and sooner than later.

Christina CDM

August 25th, 2011

I have been in your store about 10 or 12 times on the way to Starbucks to see what all the hoopla was about and clothing for my dog. I have to say, never once did I see a rescue or shelter animal for sale. Not since the day the store opened. They have signs on their wall stating that they can offer a rescue Cat and litter of kittens. Ummm... who wants an entire litter of kittens?? They have never had any dogs available from a rescue or shelter. I notice cause I like to walk around and say hi to the puppies and see which ones are new. Sounds like the people in the comments know exactly what they are talking about. Tisk Tisk Bradfords. Not wise to set up shop in an affluent neighborhood and assume we are a bunch of rich dummies. I will be keeping my eye on you.

Samantha

August 26th, 2011

"Suzanne and Brooke Bradford said they traveled two weeks ago to Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas to visit the breeders they have used. They found healthy animals in clean cages, they said." So, these women apparently think it's OK to keep dogs pregnant for most of their lives and then killed went they can no longer "perform" for the commercial breeders? They think it's OK that these dogs are "de-barked" by having steel pipes rammed down their little throats, causing scarring and silence? They think it's OK to keep dogs (that are social animals) caged for their entire lives, living on wire that cuts into their paws, with NO HUMAN CONTACT nor dog contact except for when they are RAPED to produce more puppies? Or, maybe they just didn't want to look THAT closely at how puppies are FARMED! As long as they can buy them cheap and sell them at a HUGE profit - what do they care? I wouldn't buy cat litter from these people - they are NOT animal lovers! THEY ARE PROFITING OFF THE BACKS OF DEFENSELESS DOGS THAT SUFFER IN SILENCE!

Bella

August 26th, 2011

Ok, IHP owners, if you were telling the truth and the mills were so great why didn't you take footage???????? Why didn't you take your video camera and have interviews with the Puppymill owners. Interesting. We all know you are lying, one lie leads to another and another and soon you will be exposed.

Kelly NB Native

August 26th, 2011

There obviously needs to be some sort of health regulation over this store with their irresponsible handling of animals. I don't believe for a second you ever offered a shelter animal for sale or even had them in your store. My neighbors go in there often, and they would certainly have told me. You are lying again to the Chamber just like you lied when you sent them a two page letter about your store not selling puppy mill dogs, and berated the protesters to the Chamber by stating "We believe that the protesters are misinformed and operating out of emotion and not facts"...when you knew there was factual USDA reports of violations on your breeders. ---I Heart puppies also stated to chambers: "Again, we will do our part by not supporting puppy mills as long as we have verified proof from our government a breeder is in humane" Well Bradfords, you have the inhumane proof of Crick in the form of USDA government reports, and what do you do? You flew out to her kennel to inspect it and disregarded government reports and acts of cruelty so you could advertise her and support her Kennel as one of your suppliers stating the facilities are clean. Completely DISREGARDING GOVERNMENT REPORTS. ---I HP stated in letter to Commerce: "We are in support of the protestors on the subject of the prosecution and closure of Puppy Mills."......yet you proudly defend them and publish them as reputable breeders even though you have government reports of their inhumane crimes of the "Animal Welfare Act." ---IHP also stated: "We are working with local rescue organizations."........Really? You have ZERO rescues offered in your store for sale, and as a recipient of this letter, directly from the Chamber, I demand to see proof you have EVER purchased a rescue animal for sale. I would also like to see paper work on the shelter animals and the way you disposed of them considering they are not for sale in your store. ----IHP statement to Chamber: "Anytime we hear of a verified complaint against a breeder we will eliminate their services."...............WRONG!...You support Cricks Kennel after supplied with Government documents in violation of USDA and Federal law and promote her in Corona Del Mar's own Independent News paper!! ---IHP statement to Chamber: "A Puppy Mill is a breeding operation that produces a large number of puppies and overlooks humane treatment of breeding dogs. Any breeding operation which treats its dogs humanely is not a Puppy Mill." ..........Thank you again for your definition. Because the breeder you support in the media "Crick" was documented in government reports for acts of Inhumanness, as documented by government USDA officer and is a crime against the Animal Welfare Act. She is currently under investigation for her INHUMANNESS!! So now that we have all proven IHP and it's owners will Lie to just about everyone and anyone, there needs to be a council hearing about this store. They are slanderous liars proven on paper and in Government reports backed up by their public media acknowledgement of backing this breeder. And this is just one breeder. There are more that are found in violation and are out of compliance that the store has used. LIE , LIE, LiE. You do not deserve to be a Member of CDM Commerce and I am personally surprised they maintain a relationship with such an unethical business.

Kelly NB Native

August 26th, 2011

As stated in letter sent to me by Chamber of Commerce, IHP states "We believe the is no crime in providing people with unconditional love from puppies." However, their broker that sells them their puppies, has NO License. I believe that IS a crime to be supplying to the public live animals from an unlicensed broker, who has no regulation by the USDA. These are live animals that carry disease from their environment that is not checked for in a general examination for a health certificate by a Veterinarian. Since this is the case, I would also have to request IHP release the medical records from their Veterinarian on treatments that are being provided, or NOT provided due to public health risk per Center of Disease Control.

Sylvie

August 26th, 2011

I am outraged! These owners are accusing animals in shelters of being sick? How ignorant or malignant ? of them. I volunteer at an animal rescue, because I feel responsible for these victims of society and sometimes unsold dogs form PET STORES. I have been there when vets inspect them , when they first arrive from shelters and they don't seem to be sicker than the one in the cages of PET STores. It seems that these owners will say anything to look like the good guys ! How embarrassing ! Ok so they didn't know what they were getting into, but who's fault is that ? A business person should do their research before they go into business, especially if they don't know that business . Now why don't they have a little HEART and start inviting rescue groups in on weekends like 100s of stores our doing ? selling training packages, doing vaccination clinics, Halloween contests, doggie owner photo shoots, Rescue based fundraisers..... Become the good guys ! I mean seriously and by the way I have a job and finished battling Breast Cancer so I am busy and still find time to volunteer for FREE at a rescue to help relieve our society of rejected animals ......I am not very tolerant of these people who make up stories ( not believable) because they didn't know what they were doing. Please don't embarrass CDM anymore that you have I Heart Puppies !

Thorinvestment

August 26th, 2011

WOW these ladies are so full of BS . Not all dogs from the shelters are sick one out of 10 are sick. Ladies you can't make as much money selling shelter dogs as you can the other ones starting around $600.00 to $3000.00.I hope you go out of business very soon CDM don't need a business like yours in this town.

Jon

August 26th, 2011

A lot, if not most of these protesters are first time protesters who happen to walk or drive by...you know why? Because they had no idea that the cute puppies in the windows of ALL of the Puppies Stores that they see have parents that will spend their entire lives in a small cage, cramped, cold, hot, and lonely. THAT'S WHY THEY ARE PROTESTING. They believe that if the public know's this fact that they will stop shopping for puppies. This is the Grassroots Protest Group Against Puppy Mills. Find out for yourself, all you have to do is Google Puppy Mills. Without a doubt Puppy Mills will be banned, so join the movement and protect our furry family pets. Jon, Small Business Owner

jennifer

August 26th, 2011

No, bringing in shelter animals over the weekend will not do at all. They must go 100% humane or nothing. As many pet stores across the nation are doing. As long as they have one puppy purchased from a midwest pet factory they are in business with the lowest of scum of the earth and protests will continue. The pet stores working with rescues and shelters (Petco, Petsmart, several smaller boutique pet shops) do not sell dogs at all! That would be a HUGE conflict of interests.

Melissa Maroff

August 26th, 2011

"I feel very responsible,” Suzanne Bradford said. “We brought this element to our community." Well, what are you going to do about it? Given that most people in your community are against a pet store selling dogs in 2011. Dog breeding should not be an INDUSTRY. How do you not get this? Dogs are not meant to live in cages for life as breeding machines. They thrive on human interaction and exercise. And what a coincidence, Missouri is the "Puppy Mill Capital of America" and Nebraska and Arkansas don't follow far behind. But you Suzanne, found "responsible" breeders in the middle of all the puppy mills. And one of those responsible breeders that you used your FIRST WEEK in business was uncovered to be a house of horrors. Aside from your business being based on consumer fraud, you're now handing out lies (albeit very entertaining) to the community. I've copied some of the choice ones: "We are a vital part of the community," "We are an exciting and loved store in the community." "We have an excellent relationship with local Animal Control. We are inspected on a regular basis." YOU'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS LESS THAN 2 MONTHS!!! But the most telling sentence is "Anytime we hear of a verified complaint against a breeder we will eliminate their service." Enough said. Since you think shelter dogs are inferior and would rather sell indiscriminately bred dogs from cruelty in the Midwest for a lot of money to those few selfish idiots that think a dog from a pet store will somehow validate them...then be prepared to have some protesting. And live with it!!!

Carole Davis

August 26th, 2011

Many, many pet stores that have been protested around the country have made the mistake of thinking that having a few wretched death row dogs in the window will help them SEEM humane to the customers. These shameless dog dealers think that they can use a few adoptions to clean their dirty reputation of selling factory-bred pets. ----------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Analogy: if you have a store selling carpets made by child slaves in Pakistan and it is discovered you are selling product made by slave labor, you will be protested by concerned citizens until you stop. You cannot get restraining orders against people who expose the truth about the slave labor. You will be denied by the courts just like Bradford was denied by the court in her quest to silence and intimidate me. Furthermore, you can NOT put in a few fair labor carpets in the window and claim that you have a humane store just because SOME of your carpets are "fair trade" carpets.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I Heart Puppies has only one choice. GO HUMANE. 100% HUMANE. To call the protesters "terrorists" as they have done is slander. And that is a crime. By making false statements to the court and in hearings, they have opened themelves up to much more bad news for them. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We question whether the Bradfords and Gorijian are even literate. They are utterly inarticulate in the press. Are they able to read the news around the country? Are they able to comprehend the actions of the Irvine company, the LA City Council, the Hermosa Beach City Council, the West Hollywood City Council, the Glendale City Council and soon the Irvine City Council? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The lies that were told by the Bradfords about the activists to the BID are preposterous. They claimed that we are against pet ownership. This is untrue. We all have pets and love our pets. We are against inhumane breeding mills, there is a huge difference. We are not against hobby breeders either. But no hobby breeder will sell to a pet store or ship on the Internet. In fact, most responsible hobby breeders love their breed, breed only one kind of dog and often rescue dogs of their breed.

Gene Forsythe

August 26th, 2011

I cannot imagine opening a business & not first researching the local climate attached to it. These women were absolute idiots - They moved to Orange County from Utah, thinking they could make a lot of money here opening a pet shop. People in California are very well-educated and know too much bad stuff about the pet store industry & the breeding mills that feed it (and about the thousands of cat & dog deaths at the pound). It is unfathomable that they opened a traditional pet store in this day & age, and these women are getting just what they deserve, not only for being inhumane but for for being just plain bad at business. Clearly they are not good businesspeople - Next time do some research! Let their store go away while rescue-based pet stores thrive. Survival of the fittest.

Sarah

August 26th, 2011

"Terrorists"??....You are accusing peaceful protesters who are photographed in the media with names presented in articles and given to reporters as being "Terrorists"??? That is slander!! And a crime!! You have just dug yourself a legal hole so deep, you may never get out!!

angela flurry

August 26th, 2011

Mommy Bradford and Daughter Dearest Brooke are the real life incarnation of Cruella De Vil. They are truly scary beings who chose the even scarier name of I Heart Puppies to mask their cruel enterprise. The Irvine Company gets it and now I believe the Corona Del Mar Business Improvement District gets it, thanks to the indefatigable work of Companion Animal Protection Society. I trust in the people of Corona Del Mar to have the common sense not to allow the sale of puppy mill animals. I do not trust this women in any regard - their true colors have been revealed.

Dominic Laguna B.

August 26th, 2011

"The women said they were pursuing legal remedies to stop the protests." Wow. Like they think they can control people. We are in America, land of the free! People can say and do what they want here in the USA. Those I Heart Pups women sound like dictators in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Libya. If the pet store could use teargas or use power hoses to harm protesters they would!!!! They keep showing how they know nothing about the law, they keep asking the police to stop the protests as if protests are illegal. What's totally weird is that they think the community is with them. Do they hear all the cars honking? This is just not a legitimate business. They need to do something else in that store. Sell something people want!!! Donuts? Ipads? Lingeray? Donuts don't mind being in a tiny glass box. Get a real job. Adopt out those puppies for what you paid...next to nothing. Rip off artists.

Kelly NB

August 26th, 2011

Not only does "the tight knit community" not support their fraudulent bussiness activity, but even BID who refuses to take a stand, offered the suggestion of going humane, and the Bradfords shot the BID right down with more lies. I got a new foster dog last week straight from the shelter, only 2 yrs old and weighs 5 lbs. He was on death row and had beenn in for a month. The most goregeous purebred Tan chihuahua you have ever seen. He is perfectly healthy, no cough, not sick at ALL!! Thank God Summer and the Bradfords never got a hold of him, he is so perfect they would pimp him for at least two thousand dollars..Quit spreading lies about shelter dogs you did not purchase. They are neither factual or True. Why dont you follow BID's suggestion about going humane, they can SEE where this is headed. They OBVIOUSLY have more business expereience and sense than you! O....and I consider your attempt to squash my civil rights, harassment. So let me know when you've got some paper work on that, so I can give it to my lawyer. :)

BCC

August 26th, 2011

The only "terrorists" are the women peddling dogs from known puppy mills. Why did CDM ever decide they would allow this business within their city is beyond comprehension. A store that sells live animals is seedy.

Teri Jo

August 27th, 2011

Time for a reality check. The United States of America has a pet over-population. Our shelters and Animal Control facilities can't keep up. Any person who cares about animals would NOT contribute to this problem by breeding more pets. That being said, "Responsible-breeders" is an oxymoron. Yes, dogs get sick, like people, but the REAL difference is that people go to doctors, puppies, get groomed and sold at the pet store.

elizabeth johansen

August 27th, 2011

just go humane !! we will never protest you again. we will actually promote your shop. you know that there are huge numbers of available animals up for adoption through rescue groups and shelters that you could be helping. drop this struggle and do this right. we as activists can help you.

Christy

August 28th, 2011

The owner has learned so much yet it seems not nearly enough. To bring in animals from other states when we are killing THOUSANDS in our our community should be illegal. To say that they visited the the breeders and all the animals IN CAGES looked healthy. Is that a heallthy happy lifestyle that a pet should live in a cage and be a breeding machine??? She tried 4 shelter dogs but they were sick. She seems to be trying a lot harder to get rid of the protestors then either have a business of supplies instead of animals or to help shelter animals and spread good will and humanity. There are people and organizations that will help change this business model so why not try?!?!?!

Gina

August 29th, 2011

If they put as much effort in adopting animals from the shelters as they do "visiting" the so called quality breeders, their business would increase by leaps and bounds. I am very skeptical that the 4 dogs they got from the shelter were sick. it sounds as if they are making excuses and trying to justify their poor choice in using breeders. This world no longer needs breeders period.


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