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.