Puppy Mill Legislation Approved in Illinois House

State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) has passed legislation in the Illinois House to end the market for puppy mills by ending the sale of commercially bred puppies in retail outlets.

According to Chesney, many retailers responsibly partner with shelters rather than puppy mills to offer pet adoption events, which will continue under this legislation. Consumers would still be able to purchase puppies from responsible breeders. However, the direct sale of puppies in retail pet stores would end in Illinois and so would much of the abuse towards our companion animals.

Chesney said there is a scourge in our country of inhumane commercial breeding facilities which disregard the well-being of pets for profits. To be clear, one of the best ways to stop the prevalence of these “puppy mills” is to significantly reduce the demand by ending transfer of pets through retail sales outlets.

The representative said retailers (pet stores) have put themselves in this position due to current and past, irresponsible practices of misleading potential pet owners with baseless guarantees that pets are healthy, socialized and bred responsibly. Nothing has or could be further from the truth. To meet the demands of providing a constant supply of eight-week-old puppies, most retail pet stores rely on unregulated puppy mills which rear the pets in terribly unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Many of these pets arrive to their forever homes only to tragically, and quickly, die from health conditions acquired in these sickening mills.

HB1711 provides that a pet shop operator may offer for sale a dog or cat only if the dog or cat is obtained from an animal control facility or animal shelter.  The measure now moves on to the Senate for their consideration.

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