Blog: Where Newport Puppies Really Come From

Russo's and I Heart Puppies are fronts for inhumane USDA commercial breeding puppy mills, They claim "Quality" but don't be fooled, they have chosen Inhumane Cruelty as a business profession.

How much is that puppy in the window? Don’t let the high Newport Beach prices fool you. Local pet stores are profiting at a 400 percent mark up pawning substandard Midwest Puppy Mill dogs, claiming they are of good quality and not being able to back it up.

Parent puppies mass produced in cruel and inhumane standards and sold under the USDA Newport Beach pet store like and are not living in a cozy home, but instead locked in rabbit hutches, standing on wire with only six inches of space to move as they spend their lives continuously being bred until death at age 5. The interests of USDA Inspectors lie with their breeders, permissible of federal cruelty crimes and recently acknowledged by Washington D.C. as “Government Sanctioned Torture of Companion Animals."

An internal audit concluded by the U.S. Inspector General in May 2010 detailed the USDA's gross negligence and inability to enforce the most minimal standards of the The Animal Welfare Act.  The process of enforcing compliance was shown on an Industry whole to be ineffective containing written department procedures emphasizing education of breeders, over recording of severe violations.  USDA policy also states the option of whether to entirely allow violations to be unrecorded, subjective only to the inspector.

The ASPCA and HSUS define a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects.  In many cases, puppy mills are not illegal. In most states, a breeding kennel can legally keep dozens, even hundreds, of dogs in cages for their entire lives, as long as the dogs are given the basics of food, water, and shelter.

Puppies are often taken from their mother when they are around six-weeks-old and sold to brokers who pack them in crates for resale to pet stores all over the country. Only half of the puppies survive during this exhausting travel only to make it to the pet shop until they are sold. While the puppies produced may come with pedigrees, the pedigree itself is neither an indication of quality nor authenticity. 

To view legal evidence of Russo’s and I Heart Puppies direct ties to undeniably INHUMANE Puppy Mill Breeders, see the attached info and go to newportbeachpuppymill.com.

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Carole Sax February 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
When will Newport Beach get with the program? When will Newport Beach stop supportng cruelty and support their own adoption centers/shelters? People are getting educated and it looks really bad that Newport Beach is not joining their neighboring cities Irvine and Dana Point. Ban puppy stores now.
Mrs Shelley Foxx February 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
This is unacceptable! These places have to shut down. Plain and simple! My mind boggles that as a race we have to go to these lengths of inforcement, when we are all meant to be an intelligent race!!! So these situation should never have happened. To condone this is sick and barbaric! Stores need to be shut down and the current puppies removed to shelters or the equivalent of the UK's R.S.C.P.A. The people responible need to be charged and given a jail sentence to mirror life in a cage, relying on others to feed and water them.
m. miller February 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
ahhhh. FINALLY! let the truth be told.
H. Berger February 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Sickening!!! Come on Newport Beach, it's time to stop supporting the puppy mills. We need to stand together and put an end to the cruelty of these poor animals. They don't deserve to be breeding machines and then disposed of when their services are no longer needed.
lynda willner February 02, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The forward thinking humane examples set by the City of Glendale and West LA should be a model for the rest of the country. Stop this cruelty to animals - it breeds inhumanity to man!
Lori K. February 02, 2012 at 11:05 PM
It is sad that the City of Newport Beach is evidently not as evolved as its neighboring cities of Irvine and Dana Point. There are so many beautiful animals that are available for adoption. Please direct potential pet parents to the shelter or local adoption groups to look for pets. Ban pet stores that obtain their puppies from puppy mills. These horrible breeding factories will be shut down if no one purchases their "product". Do the humane thing Newport Beach, and ban pet stores that sell live animals from your city.
Holly B February 03, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I live in Newport Beach and I am a regular volunteer at the Irvine Animal Care Center. I love to talk about the city of Irvine and how much they care about the welfare of companion animals, and I am able to give people specific examples. I hope I can soon tell people that Newport Beach is following in the footsteps of cities like Irvine.
Christy Schilling February 03, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Didn't realize Newport was so inhumane. The city of LA is going to stop selling mill animals before Newport! SHAME ON YOU and anyone who buys a pet from a store or dumps a pet at a shelter!
Dina V Kourda February 04, 2012 at 03:15 AM
There's no excuse for purchasing a puppy from a pet store. Everyone knows that pet stores sell puppy mill dogs. If you cannot meet the puppy's mom AND dad in person, you should not be buying that puppy. There are plenty of puppies and dogs in need of homes at your local shelter and/or rescue. Please don't shop; adopt.
Tracy Green February 04, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Thousands of animals are killed in shelters every day. Puppy Mills should be something of the past. I feel our future generation will look back at us with disgust. We need to speak out for our animals. Close down puppy mills and ban the retail sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores LA did it, and so have many other cities
Anonymous Me February 04, 2012 at 04:45 AM
A sad reflection on the people for sure.
Jen Lee February 04, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Selling pets in "pet stores" does nothing but support puppy mills and line the pockets of the store owners. There are already too many homeless pets in the world. Newport Beach is much to evolved to put up with this kind of practice!
Lori-Ann Vento February 04, 2012 at 04:48 AM
PLEASE DO NOT allow this HORROR to continue!! It is OUT DUTY to PROTECT these INNOCENT little creatures from such ABUSE!!!
Elizabeth M February 04, 2012 at 06:44 AM
SICK SICK SICK. Our job is to protect these babies, not defile and destroy!! God bless these little souls. EVERY PUPPY MILL SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN. Anyone who purchases puppies from stores and mills needs to WAKE UP. Adoption from shelters is the way to go!!!
BCC February 04, 2012 at 07:35 AM
A "responsible" breeder would never ship a puppy thousands of miles. Never, ever buy from a retailer or from the internet. The best option is adoption.
Jenny February 04, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I agree every puppy mill and pet shop selling animals should be shut down! There are so many puppies (pure breeds too) that are in shelters just waiting for someone to come along and rescue them from death, never feeling loved, or from being used as bait dogs!
Shan s February 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM
There is no such thing as "responsible breeding" and its ignorant to think other wise! Back yard breeders are no better than puppy mills! They only care about making money! Adoption is the only option!
Chris Maez February 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I am owned by a puppy mill rescue chihuahua and she literally had a broken spirit when I adopted her from the rescue. Puppy mills are horrible and should ALL be outlawed!
Sandy Elder February 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Back yard Breeders are the root cause of the overpopulation of unwanted/abandoned animals in pounds and shelters. They need to be shut down with harsher penalties and any municipality,town or city should not be turning a blind eye to this epidemic of illegal breeders. Animals are not property or a commodity! They are sensitive creatures with feelings and needs just like humans! it's time we stopped behaving like barbarians and treated all animals with respect and dignity. They do so much for humans and ask for only love in return!!!Stop Breeding!!
Chris Maez February 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I am owned by a puppy mill rescue chihuahua and her spirit was literally broken when I adopted her from the rescue. Puppy mills should ALL be outlawed!
JT WALDIE February 06, 2012 at 02:36 AM
breeders, back yard and large commercial types, are the root problem for the monstrous amounts of animals in shelters today! These people are incapable of managing even the most mundane, mediocre job skills so they resort to torturing/ killing innocent beings. This is one skillset they excel in! True monsters and maggots are back yard breeders and commercial breeders!
tanya ledu February 06, 2012 at 09:48 AM
stop using animals for income!! Newport you make me sick. lets stick them in a cage and make them breed and sit in their own faeces!!
Elizabeth Gingerlocks February 08, 2012 at 12:15 AM
WE the People domesticated these animals for our own entertainment, health benefits, and comfort. Must we use them further for profit? Who the hell do we think we are. We do not have "rights" to them just because we are bigger or able to enslave them for breeding. They belong to themselves. Shame on the breeders... ALL the breeders.
Elizabeth Gingerlocks February 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Dear local small scale breeders, if you love a breed then rescue it. when you breed animals that are breed specific claiming to love the breed you are as transparent as they come. you love the animals that are able to make you money and the ones that you think are the best looking while the others are suffering and dying in homes and shelters and streets.
Zana Fong February 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Sad that after all our work so many still are ignorant ~ Mahatma Gandhi said; The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ~ Well, where does that put your city if you are allowing cruelty to animals or having businesses sell puppies from the poor adult dogs who are treated as breeding machines and NOTHING ELSE! One has to take a side and not look the other way. Role models are needed ~ cities who stand up for injustice and are not afraid to change for the better so that others can follow and maybe we all can see Puppy mills soon be gone if more people start to care and have what it takes! Blessings, Zana


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