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Models & CAPS

What do you get when you combine glamorous fashion models with cute dogs rescued from un-glamorous puppy mills?

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Saturday, 20 August 2011 03:00

Kennel Owner Disputes ‘Puppy Mill’ Tag

Publication/Event date: 2011-08-19

Publication name: Newport Beach Independent

URL for more info: http://newportindy.com/2011/08/19/kennel-owner-disputes-puppy/

Summary:On Sunday, for the second week, animal activists associated with the Companion Animal Protection Society picketed the I Heart Puppies pet store in Corona del Mar, demanding that the shop stop selling puppies from what the protesters characterize as “puppy mills.”

The owners of I Heart Puppies say they don’t sell puppies knowingly from puppy mills, and go to great lengths to disclose and provide information about where the puppies they sell do come from. They insist the animals they sell are healthy and have been checked out by multiple veterinarians.

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Published in I Heart Puppies
Publication/Event date: 2011-08-25

Publication name: Corona del Mar Today

URL for more info: http://www.coronadelmartoday.com/22251/home/i-heart-puppies-owners-defend-their-business-criticize-protesters-at-cdm-bid-meeting/

Summary: 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.

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Published in I Heart Puppies
To participate in this week's protest, check out the Black Saturday, Boycott IHP Facebook event page for event details.
Publication/Event date: 2011-10-26
Publication name: Corona del Mar Patch
URL for more info: http://coronadelmar.patch.com/articles/residents-speak-against-i-heart-puppies-in-corona-del-mar
Summary:
A group of animal activists and residents gathered at City Hall on Tuesday to urge the Newport Beach City Council to ban the retail sale of dogs and pets.
The requests follow months of controversy sparked by the "I Heart Puppies" Store in Corona del Mar. In July, the store came into the public spotlight when the Companion Animal Protection Society, a nonprofit group, launched an investigation into the store after complaints from residents and assertions that the store gets its puppies from Midwest puppy mills.
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Published in I Heart Puppies
Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:00

CdM I Heart Puppies Store To Close

Publication/Event date: 2012-02-24

Publication name: Corona del Mar Today

URL for more info: http://www.coronadelmartoday.com/26363/home/cdm-i-heart-puppies-store-to-close/

Summary: UPDATED with comment from store owner and from an animal rights activist who had investigated the store.

Eight months after its opening drew thousands of protesters to Corona del Mar, I Heart Puppies is closing its retail shop at 2801 East Coast Highway, according to a sign in the shop’s window.

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Published in I Heart Puppies
Thursday, 09 February 2012 02:00

Did Animal Activists Kill I Heart Puppies?

Publication/Event date: 2012-02-28

Publication name: OC Weekly

URL for more info: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/02/i_heart_puppies_close_cdm.php

Summary: ​I Heart Puppies, which has been under fire from animal activists since it opened eight months ago, apparently closed over the weekend, according to a sign in the Corona del Mar pet store's window.

"I Heart Puppies would like to thank the community of CdM for their kindness, generosity, and support," states the sign at 2801 East Coast Highway. "Sadly, we are closing our store front."

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Published in I Heart Puppies
Thursday, 31 December 2009 19:00

I Heart Puppies

I Heart Puppies

On August 7, 2011, more than 150 people (probably the largest pet shop protest ever) participated in a CAPS-sponsored protest of I Heart Puppies, a new store.  I Heart Puppies used an illegal broker who bought from Barb Crick, a USDA-licensed breeder in Nebraska, and other puppy mills.  CAPS investigations of Crick uncovered filth, inadequate shelter, sick dogs and other serious violations. Due to our weekly protests, I Heart Puppies went out of business in February 2012.
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