CORONA DEL MAR — Two of the owners of I Heart Puppies pet store apologized for the disruption caused by animal-rights protestors and provided details of their efforts to buy animals from quality breeders.
Suzanne and Brooke Bradford said at Thursday's Corona del Mar Business Improvement District meeting thatthey traveled two weeks ago to Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas to visit the breeders they have used. There, they said they found healthy animals in clean cages.
"They were definitely not puppy mills," Suzanne Bradford said. "[The commercial breeders] are hardworking people. That's their industry."
Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society, said in an interview that she was skeptical that the Bradfords' tour showed the true story.