By Matt Artz
Friday, September 26th, 2008 at 5:24 pm in Fremont.
If you drive past the intersection of Mowry and Farwell tomorrow afternoon, you might see several animal welfare protesters. They have scheduled a demonstration outside a new puppy store in the strip mall there, which they think has gotten some of its dogs from puppy mills.
But the owner of the store, Puppy Love Boutique, says all of his dogs come from USDA-approved and inspected breeders. “We will not buy from puppy mills,” said Joey Kakar, a Fremont native, who opened the store two months ago.
The protest organizer, Darlena King, who recently moved to Fremont, said protesters have information that the store has gotten dogs from two companies that she says, are brokers to puppy mills. Kekar denies the allegation.
Puppy Love Boutique is the only store in Fremont that sells dogs.
Animal welfare advocates have campaigned against buying dogs from pet stores because many pet store acquire their dogs from giant breeding operations where dogs are mistreated, they say.
Kekar said members of a local animal rights group have been passing out fliers outside his shop. When asked about business, Kakar sighed and said that it’s a slow economy.