Mickey Rourke Protests Miami Pet Store

Actor says the pet store sold him a sick puppy.

Posted: February 17, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Mickey Rourke has a bone to pick with the owners of a Miami, Fla. pet store. The “Sin City” and “Man on Fire” actor joined a picket line in front of Hot Dogs Puppies, Inc. to protest the store’s alleged selling of sick puppies.

Rourke told the assembled media that he bought a dog from the store and a few days later, the puppy died from a virus. Rourke said that about a dozen other people had the same problem over the past few months.

The owners of Hot Dogs Puppies, Inc. told a reporter from a local NBC affiliate that there is no truth to Rourke’s allegations.

“He bought a puppy from us about a year ago and everything was fine,” owner Marysol Tobon said. “He decided to buy another puppy from us and apparently the puppy got sick. He came back wanting his money back and we gave it to him.” Tobon said they refunded Rourke $1,100 for the initial puppy purchase plus $1,400 for vet bills they were never shown.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, one customer last year bought a puppy from Hot Dogs Puppies, Inc. that was later diagnosed with parvovirus. A report says the dog died because the owner could not afford medical treatment. No charges were filed against the store.


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Wendy   Gretna, LA

1/11/2009 6:57:45 PM

Way to go Mickey and shame on you Hot Dogs Puppies! It's always nice to see the famous stand up for something right and true! Animals can't speak for themselves, we have to.

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Alex   New York, NY

7/27/2007 1:39:59 PM

I purchased two puppies from this store, and they are absolutely the BEST dogs I have ever had. The owner was great. I reccomend them to my friends. whatever happened with Mickey is probably an isolated incident if it did happen the way he states. But I for one am a very satisfied customer.

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Lori   Doral, FL

2/25/2007 2:12:11 PM

I didn't know the reputation this puppy store had otherwise I would have never walked in. Unfortunately I fell victim to their selling of sick puppies. I am still trying to save my precious dogs life, my story is long and drawn out but my conscious will not allow me to return the dog that I got from them for it is surely going to die under their care. My Maltese is under 24 hour care at an animal hospital now and all I want is for her to get better. They sold me a very sick dog. I would like to get in touch with Mickey Rourkes publicist to see how I can help bring to light this horrible store. They are threatening to sue me at this time if I do not cooperate with them. Please help. 305-345-0474

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samamtha   edmonton, AL

2/20/2007 12:11:02 AM

how sad for all those involved the store should remember that when they sell a puppy they are selling a member of the family not just a dog!!!

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