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Corona del Mar Today: I Heart Puppies target of animal rights group investigation

July 09, 2011|By Amy Senk

Her goal is to work with the I Heart Puppies shop to convince the shop to work with local shelters and set up a "humane business model" rather than purchase dogs through brokers who may be getting dogs from unethical breeders. The shop's owners have said they plan to include an adoption element to their business plan.

When the investigation is complete, Davis said she would send the results to members of the Newport Beach City Council with a request to change city code to ban shops from selling dogs that do not come from local shelters.

Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner, who represents Corona del Mar, said she was surprised to learn the shop was selling puppies "given the climate today," but that she had not received any calls or emails complaining about the business.

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The shop, located at 2801 E. Coast Hwy., also sells pet supplies, puppy apparel, leashes and more.

"As far as what Companion Animal Protection Society thinks of the business model for I Heart Puppies, we believe we have a wonderful concept that puts beautiful healthy puppies in loving homes," Bradford said. "We are very excited about the wonderful response we have had to our store, people appreciate what we have to offer the community and we look forward to providing the area with loving healthy puppies."

Missing snake sign was a fake

A sign seeking help finding a 14-foot, 125-pound python named Zeus apparently was a fake.

The sign was posted last week on Orchid Avenue near East Coast Highway. However, animal control officers said nobody had reported a missing snake in Corona del Mar, and the wording of the sign led them to believe it was a fake.

A few worried residents called Animal Control after seeing the sign. The sign said anyone who found the snake inside a house should call Animal Control.

Attempts to contact the person using the number on the flier were unsuccessful.

CdM Today to host reader salon

Corona del Mar Today plans to host its second monthly salon at The Bungalow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"The first salon in June was a great success," said Publisher Amy Senk. "This time, we're going to change things a bit, with an organized list of news topics that my readers can discuss."

The topics on the agenda include reaction to a new puppy shop in Corona del Mar, as well as airplane noise levels, the new police helicopter noise levels and what kind of businesses readers want to see open in Corona del Mar, and what, if anything, they can do to help.

Please join us in the patio area at the Bungalow at 2441 E. Coast Highway. There will be happy hour specials and a raffle for a set of Corona del Mar Today photo gift cards.

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