Happiness is PetsHappiness is Pets (HIP) is a chain with five stores in the Chicago area with more than 25 years of selling puppy mill dogs. CAPS is currently sponsoring regular protests in two of their locations and working with a Chicago law firm on a consumer class action lawsuit. CAPS has received numerous complaints through our online complaint form from customers who purchased sick and dying puppies.
Thanks to the CAPS team in Chicago, we continue to get media coverage and expose HIP as a puppy mill front (the company transports puppies from Iowa and Missouri mills and for the most part, HIP does its own brokering). The distemper outbreak linked to HIP, which received extensive media coverage, is yet another example of how businesses like these are not only inhumane but also detrimental to the community. CAPS has investigated many of the breeders and brokers supplying puppies to HIP.
If you purchased a sick puppy from Happiness is Pets and would like to join the class action lawsuit, please fill out our pet shop complaint form.
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.