One-Year Ago Today: I Heart Puppies Protests Began

posted: August 7th, 2012 04:39 am | 13Comments

A year ago today, dozens of animal rights protesters crowded onto the sidewalks in front of a new East Coast Highway business, vowing to return until alleged puppy mill dogs were no longer sold at the I Heart Puppies shop.

Today, a new clothing boutique occupies the space at 2801 East Coast Highway — its door handle no longer shaped like a dog bone. I Heart Puppies closed in February, and its owners said they were converting to an online-only business. But the website is not active, and the owners have not returned several emails, calls and other messages asking about their business and whereabouts.

Protest organizer Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society, said the shop’s closure in February 2012 was not a victory for animal rights activists.

“This was not a successful outcome,” she said in a recent interview. “This is not a happy outcome. We would prefer to be celebrating a rescue-only store in Corona del Mar. I wish they had stayed in Corona del Mar and opened a dress shop.”

Davis said when a puppy shop closes, she and other activists work to keep tabs on the owners.

“We keep an eye on them for a year or two and make sure they’re not continuing their practice, whether it’s in another town or another state or online,” Davis said.

The I Heart Puppies owners, Suzanne and Brooke Bradford and Summer Gorjian, apparently have switched to a non-pet-selling business, Davis said.

“If they’re selling puppies, we would probably know,” she said. “I think they had an extremely unpleasant experience in Corona del Mar. They learned a lot and probably don’t want to repeat it.”


13 Responses to “One-Year Ago Today: I Heart Puppies Protests Began”

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Kelly Sawyer

August 7th, 2012

A year ago today and the city still supports and profits from Federal AWA Puppy Mill Torture sold under Fashion Island Fraud at Russo's. NBAC refuses to enforce MANDATORY state laws of animal cruelty and other Newport Citizens have asked Chief Johnson and Manager Kiff for the entire NB Animal Control Department to be replaced-- YET NOTHING HAPPENS-- Animals are still abused an dying for fashion island fraud and Humane Citizens of Newport Beach have had it with city's indignance and disregard for life of our Companion Animals because Council is "Business at all Costs" stated to myself and another Newport Citizen in private meeting with Council Member -- Newport Beach IS INHUMANE and it is business as usual with NBPD-- Please read and then CALL THE CITY https://www.facebook.com/notes/kelly-sawyer/newport-beach-mayor-gardner-manager-dave-kiff-letter-addressing-failure-to-enfor/468830896469345 AND https://www.facebook.com/notes/kelly-sawyer/letter-to-newport-beach-supervisor-of-animal-control-failure-to-provide-required/464493200236448

carole S

August 7th, 2012

Thanks to over 100 activists who showed up every weekend to stand in front of this puppy store. They informed/educated the people who walked by about the cruel puppy peddling business. Wonderful success, now if everyone would adopt/rescue and support the O.C. shelter which is killing so many beautiful adoptable animals every week.

KC

August 7th, 2012

Gee, maybe those 100 activists would stand in front of the O.C. shelter to protest the killing that takes place there. But of course that may require more effort than they figure those animals are worth to them, especially seeing the shelter is able to continue functioning with the **sales** they make on the animals that are bought. Seems priorities and common sense are misplaced by activistis when it comes to shelters, their sales and their killings sprees.

robincdm

August 7th, 2012

KC, what an ignorant thing to say. If people spayed and neutered their pets, if people refused to buy pure bred and designer puppies/kittens, and adopted rescues, eventually there wouldn't be shelters that kill tens of thousands of unwanted pets to make room for tens of thousands of unwanted pets.

Paige

August 7th, 2012

I am so proud of my children, who really brought the puppy mill travesty to my attention. We will continue to educate friends, family and puppy store patrons. Thank you Carole and all the volunteers for your tireless work advocating for abused and exploited animals held in puppy mills all over this country.

Tina Ladd

August 7th, 2012

All the people that went to Corona Del Mar to picket are very courageous. I am so glad the store shut down and they educated the public about where the puppies came from inside that store. Some people are in denial and live in a superficial world. All of us look beyond the front door and research things before buying and being lied to. The mothers of these pups live in scholar and never leave wire cages while breeding. Inhumane life of abuse and our dog lovers wanted people to know the truth. It worked and more information and education about puppy mills will continue.

Jon F.

August 7th, 2012

So glad that they stopped selling Mill Puppies. The owners spirits were wrong from "The Get Go"; they were destined to not get the message and therefore had to close, kind of like KC above. KC, why don't you Google "Puppy Mills", I think you'll start to understand why we are doing this. We're not Anti-business, we just don't think that most of the public is aware that Puppy Mills even exist. The parents of virtually every Puppy you see at a Pet Store was purchased from an established Mill. At these Mills the parents of these puppies stay in small cages their whole life, producing as many litters as possible each year, and VERY often in horrible conditions. Then perhaps 5-10 years down the line, those breeding adults of the store puppies are taken to the pound and put to sleep, or put to sleep on premise...YOU GOT THE PICTURE NOW? Therefore we always encourage every person we can to save a dog at the shelter.

doggysweater

August 7th, 2012

It is always sad to see a new business fail in this bag economy. The owners could have turned this one around. Ego got in the way here. . . .

Dr. Howard Hail

August 8th, 2012

The eventual outcome of only adopting spay and neutered rescue dogs and doing away with the purebred dog is the end of all dogs which is the goal of animal rights. Everyone who buys into this group of radicals make sure you can live without pets as that is their goal no more pets of any kind. Right now Sarah L. Conant a former employee of HSUS who fought to end all breeding is now working for the USDA as the enforcer and she has spent her time fining all small animal breeders out of business. This is a cult that believes owning an animal is abuse. But of course all sane and rational people know that dogs cannot survive as wild animals. That is the point behind this animal rights crusade to end all use of animals as pets and HSUS, PeTA, ALF, and THLN have passed enough laws to make this happen. We no longer have a pet over population in fact many states in the north east do not have enough dogs to meet the demand.

Mark

August 8th, 2012

KC, I spent many weekends protesting at IHP, and I know many of the protestors personally. Some are volunteers at the OC shelter who spend countless hours exercising, socializing, and training the dogs there in an effort to increase their chances for adoptions. Others who protested volunteer with local rescues, at the Irvine and Mission Viejo shelters, and at shelters throughout Orange and L.A. counties. They were not protesting because they chose to ignore the problems endemic to our local shelters, they were protesting because they see the heartbreaking reality of those problems every day. Had IHP chosen to adopt a humane business model, those protesters would have become their biggest advocates.

Kelly Sawyer

August 8th, 2012

Howard-- I call you that because I do not believe you to be a Doctor speaking to maniacal extremes. I happen to provide Reputable Breeder Checks for all Newport Citizens. Since you know nothing about our Canine Crisis of murdering 6 million adoptable pets a year, 25 % of which are Purebreds, I also assume you are uneducated about USDA Federal Cruelty," INHUMANE TREATMENT OF COMPANION ANIMALS "- AS DEFINED BY LAW, CONGRESS, U.S.INSPECTOR GENERAL INTERNAL AUDIT 2010 , AND THE "ANIMAL WELFARE ACT" No one is telling anyone what type of pet to have. If you are condoning FEDERALLY INHUMANE COMMERCIAL BRED USDA PUPPY MILLS, then you are UNAMERICAN, and have no respect for Federal Law of the United States of America. Federal Cruelty and Federal Torture sold in Pet Stores and Russo's in Fashion Island, is REALLY not any one's consumer choice. If you would like to purchase companion animal mass produce torture puppies, I recommend you immediately seek consult of a qualified physician. You are not humane or law biding enought to make a responsible "Pet Owner", so please, focus on activities that don't harm animals.-- Thank You

carole davis

August 8th, 2012

@Howard, What hogwash! I am an animal rights advocate, I organized the protests written about in this article and I am guardian to four rescued dogs. Everyone I know in the animal protection movement has pets. We love our pets! You got your propagandistic misinformation from websites that are owned and operated by lobbying groups for the animal enterprise industry. It's pure baloney. I urge you to walk into an LA County or L.A. City shelter in order to see firsthand our deadly pet overpopulation crisis.

robincdm

August 9th, 2012

@Howard, Really? You believe that total bs rot? *HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA* Fool.


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