Pups & PetsPups & Pets is a pet store in the greater San Diego area owned by Franco Cruz, who’s notorious for moving his animal business around under new names after getting complaints from vets and customers. CAPS traced several of the dogs sold by Pups & Pets to Midwest puppy mills.
Before Pups & Pets, Franco Cruz owned a pet store in Alpine, CA that he sold after complaints by costumers began to pile up. He moved to El Cajon under the name Puppy Time and was also forced to shut down after public outcry and complaints from local vets. His current location, Pups & Pets, in Santee continues the same model as his earlier ventures, selling purebred dogs from puppy mills.
Despite his experience, Cruz hasn’t given any indication that the store will go humane. CAPS will continue to protest Pups & Pets until the store goes humane. Ironically, Cruz sold his Alpine puppy store to Evan Ames, Alpine Animal Jungle’s new owner, who felt a moral obligation to go humane and bring in shelter dogs for adoption.
Pet Works in La Mesa, California (San Diego County) sold sick puppies for over 16 years. The owner, Richard Fuller claimed, “We only get our puppies from the most reputable USDA licensed breeders.” CAPS investigated some of these breeders, including Marjorie Walker, who had her broker’s license revoked by USDA and was a booking agent for The Hunte Corporation, where we worked undercover for six months in 2004. The notorious Wensmann kennel in Minnesota, investigated twice by CAPS and the main reason for the West Hollywood ordinance, supplied puppies to Pet Works.
CAPS began protesting Pet Works in January 2009. The store shut its doors for good prior to CAPS’ protest with 40 activists on December 11, 2010.
Mr. Fuller didn’t bow out gracefully. He bitterly cited CAPS protests as the main reason his business went under and accused Grossmont Center mall, which sued him for breaking Pet Work’s lease, for allegedly not protecting the pet store from the weekly protests.
In a wonderful turn of events, the former Pet Works location in Grossmont Center is now a permanent location for the San Diego Humane Society. Consumers can adopt pups in desperate need of a good home instead of supporting the puppy mill cycle!