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Puppy Mill Ban Coming to Cook County?

April 4, 2014 by Tails Magazine in Chicago, News with 4 Comments
Commissioner John Fritchey

Commissioner John Fritchey

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.


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  1. LaurieApril 9, 2014 at 2:08 pmReply

    While I totally support banning the puppy mills I would not be in support of having shelter dogs for sale at the pet store. Many shelters and rescues have adoption days every weekend at the pet stores and I think that is the right way to go. We do NOT need dogs kenneled at the pet stores. I have fostered for over 10 years and I’m of the opinion that these dogs need to be evaluated and vetted before they can be adopted out. There are a LOT of fantastic dog that go through the shelter and rescue system. We definitely should be supporting these organizations rather than the puppy mills. Dogs coming from shelters/rescues are not sick. Sure, some of them have health issues but not major ones.

  2. Missy ClemensApril 7, 2014 at 9:52 pmReply

    Pet stores aren’t set up for rescue dogs. What are you thinking???

  3. charlee boullionApril 6, 2014 at 9:59 amReply

    So it is better to bring in sick rescue dogs? Many are brought in with diseases that have been almost eliminated – this is better?

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      Laura @ TailsApril 6, 2014 at 10:13 amReply


      It is a misconception that animals are brought to shelters because they are sick or something else is wrong with them. In fact, it is simply false that many are brought in with diseases. Pets end up in shelters for many reasons–guardians move, encounter financial difficulties, or even pass away. Shelter pets can be sweet intelligent animals with no history of abuse, no medical problems, and no behavioral problems––just animals in need of loving homes.

      Pet store animals, on the other hand, often come from puppy mills, where animals are kept caged, malnourished, unsocialized, and in unbelievably cruel conditions. Pets bred in mills are significantly more likely to have diseases or other major medical problems, and as it turns out, many of them turn out to be incredibly sick.

      Having shelter animals in pet stores will actually significantly lessen the amount of sick animals that get purchased, and it will give animals who have had a lonely or rough start a chance at wonderful, happy lives.

      If you’d like to learn more about this or are still not convinced, I can connect you with someone who works in the shelter industry.

      Laura Drucker, Tails Editor

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