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Publication/Event date: 2012-08-07  
Publication name: Corona del Mar Today
URL for more info: http://www.coronadelmartoday.com/29779/home/one-year-ago-today-i-heart-puppies-protests-began/
Summary:
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.

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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-18
 
Publication name: Corona del Mar Today
 
 
Summary:
An animal rights group has sent a letter to the owners of I Heart Puppies, asking them to stop buying dogs that come from an alleged puppy mill by Friday.
 
Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society, said if the shop owners don’t respond, she will give a “green light” to protesters who have expressed interest in picketing the store.
 
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-19
 
Publication name: Corona del Mar Patch
 
 
Summary:
I Heart Puppies in Corona del Mar has been in hot water this month with many animal lovers and on Tuesday was required by the city to temporarily close its doors.
 
Problems for the pet store began on July 5, just a few days after it opened, when the Companion Animal Protection Society—a national nonprofit, investigative group—launched a probe into the store after receiving numerous complaints from residents. Carole Davis, the organizations's West Coast director, said the investigation has led to information that showed I Heart Puppies did not have proper permits to have a pet store with live animals and resulted in the store's temporary closure.
 
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-21
Publication name: Corona del Mar Patch
Summary:
I Heart Puppies in Corona del Mar is expected to reopen today after being closed by the city for two days to comply with safety regulations. However, the animal-rights group that has been investigating the store is requesting that all its animals be put up for adoption citing findings from a USDA inspection report.
The Companion Animal Protection Society—a national nonprofit, investigative group—began its investigation into I Heart Puppies on July 5 after receiving complaints from residents. The group says its investigation shows that the store gets some of its dogs from Cricks Kennels in Nebraska, according to Carole Davis, the organization's West Coast director. I Heart Puppies refutes that claim and says it gets its dogs only from Critters and Pets in San Diego. In a letter issued to I Heart Puppies and Patch.com last week, CAPS asked the store owners to review evidence gathered from a USDA probe regarding one of the store's breeders and requested the store put its dogs up for adoption with a nonprofit rescue organization by Friday or risk being the subject of a protest.
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-07-27
 
Publication name: Corona del Mar Patch
 
 
Summary:
A request for a restraining order has been filed by the owner of I Heart Puppies in Corona del Mar against a director of an animal rights group, court records show.
 
The "order to stop harassment" was filed in Orange County Superior Court Friday by Brooke Ann Bradford against Carole Davis, West Coast director of the Companion Animal Protection Society. CAPS, a nonprofit group, launched an investigation into the store July 5 following complaints from residents and assertions that the store gets its puppies from Midwest puppy mills.
 
Published in CAPS News


Time: Sunday, August 7 · 1:00pm - 3:00pm
 
Location: 2801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA
 
 
More Info:
"I Heart Puppies" sells dogs from inhumane commercial breeding factories in the midwest. CAPS has evidence that the breeders that supply "I Heart Puppies" are mistreating dogs by confining them in wire cages, exposed to the elements, covered in feces, with injuries, no bedding, no shelter from rain, wind or snow.
 
I Heart Puppies' owner, Brooke Bradford, has filed a restraining order against CAPS' West Coast director, Carole Davis. Ms. Bradford cannot silence the cries of 1/2 million dying dogs & cats in California shelters. So instead of rectifying the problem, she has turned against all of us.
 
We will not be silenced. Join us in front of her store to speak up for pet factory animals and the 1/2 million shelter animals killed every year in CA.
Published in CAPS News


CAPS undercover investigation of  a USDA licensed “I Heart Puppies” supplier.  This Cocker Spaniel mother is confined 24/7 and has no bedding or shelter from the elements.

Publication/Event date: 2011-07-30
Publication name: Puppy Mill Mom

Summary:
This message is for neighbors of ‘I Heart Puppies’ and for businesses in the vicinity of the pet store.
 
We are a group of concerned citizens in CDM, NB and Orange County who will be engaged in a sustained campaign to protest I Heart Puppies and to educate consumers and neighbors about the cruelty of the pet industry. We wish to bring public awareness to the issue of pet factories, puppy mills and to the pet overpopulation crisis that is affecting our overburdened shelters.
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-08-01
Publication name: Corona del Mar Patch
Summary:
Following weeks of public scrutiny and with a court hearing looming, I Heart Puppies in Corona del Mar now faces the prospect of picketers in front of its store Sunday.
The boycott/adoption rally is being organized by the Animal Protection & Rescue League. More than 100 people have confirmed they will attend the protest, according to Brenda Calvillo, the event's organizer.
 
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Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-08-07
 
Publication name: Corona del Mar Today
 
 
Summary:
A group of about 140 protesters spent two hours this afternoon in front of the I Heart Puppy Shop in Corona del Mar, a business they claim supports puppy mills because its dogs don’t come solely from animal shelters.
 
“We do not want to put them out of business,” protester Carole Davis told the crowd. “The day they go humane, we will no longer be protesting — we will be shopping!”
 
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-08-07
 
Publication name: Corona del Mar Today
 
 
Summary:
A group of about 140 protesters spent two hours this afternoon in front of the I Heart Puppy Shop in Corona del Mar, a business they claim supports puppy mills because its dogs don’t come solely from animal shelters.
 
“We do not want to put them out of business,” protester Carole Davis told the crowd. “The day they go humane, we will no longer be protesting — we will be shopping!”
 
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