Following close on the heels of the recent passing of Chicago’s Companion Animal Protection Ordinance, Cook County Commissioner of the 12th District John Fritchey has proposed a similar ban to be enacted countywide. The proposal, titled the Cook County Companion Animal & Consumer Protection Ordinance, suggests limiting the selling of dogs and cats in pet stores to only those that come from shelters.
“This is about protecting animals from physical neglect as well as protecting potential pet owners from financial and emotional harm,” says Fritchey. “The public is clearly against the abusive practices that take place in the commercial pet-breeding industry, yet we’ve allowed them to exist with little to no oversight or concern for the welfare of the animals they’ve churned out for far too long.”
The Puppy Mill Project volunteer Kathy Mordini has the full story on her blog:
If Chicago pet storeowners want to jump to the suburbs to continue to sell commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbit next year, they may need to leave Cook County. The County Board is considering a measure that will not only ban the sale of puppy mill dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, it will impose even stricter fines than the city ordinance. The Companion Animal and Consumer Protection act will prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits and force stores that want to deal in those animals to work with shelters, rescues and animal controls.
Click here for Kathy’s full article.