Carole Davis, West Coast director for Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), will not be silenced, even when slapped with a restraining order.
In July, when she visited pet store I Heart Puppies in Corona Del Mar, California, she spotted puppy mill dogs for sale.
Davis said, “We have irrefutable evidence of the inhumane pet factories that supply her store. It will not work. I will not be intimidated and will continue to tell the ugly truth about I Heart Puppies.”
CAPS is a national, non-profit organization that specializes in investigating pet factory cruelty, aka puppy mills. They investigate pet stores as well as Internet pet dealers. CAPS tracks consumer complaints and works with law enforcement, government agencies and lawmakers around the country to create animal protection legislation for animals sold as pets.
One of the main functions of CAPS is to investigate puppy mills and the pet stores who buy from them, so Davis did her job: She sent I Heart Puppies a letter demanding that the store stop selling puppy mill dogs and instead host animal adoptions in the store.
The response to her letter? Nothing. Instead, Brooke Ann Bradford, owner of the store, filed a harassment complaint and restraining order against Davis. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on August 10.
I am so delighted to see local Newport Beach dog lovers speaking out against the cruel pet trade. It is so encouraging to see people speaking out for these animals. There are way too many adoptable dogs and cats in the Orange County shelters literally dying for good homes. Until the cages in the shelter are empty, it is unconscionable to sell dogs.
CAPS has been instrumental in enacting humane legislation about puppy mills in the cities of West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Glendale and Hermosa Beach, with Irvine soon to follow.
Of note is that in March, the City of Los Angeles voted for a citywide ban on puppy mills and major renovations to restrictions for puppy breeders and the stores that sell pets. Although it will probably take a long time to notice a change, it’s a big step in the right direction. Let’s hope Orange County follows suit.
Although I Heart Puppies has been open only since July 1, it has already drawn the focus of animal welfare activists on a national level, said the Corona del Mar Today. On a local level, Davis and CAPS have planned the I Heart Puppies Protest, which will take place on Sunday, August 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 2801 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.