Cook County passes suburban puppy mill ban

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Cook County is following the lead of Chicago and banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from large scale professional breeders.

It’s part of a nationwide movement to cut-off demand from animals bred in so-called puppy mills.

The ban will take place this October, seven months before Chicago’s similar ordinance takes effect.

Violating the ordinance would cost $500 dollars per banned sale.



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  • diane

    Another bad law comming out of Cook County. While I agree with the intent and would love to see puppy mills erased from Illinois. The idea of the government telling private business that they can only sell animals cliamed from shelters is just plain wrong. A poorly written politcally correct law written by bad politicians.

  • Melanie

    Oh, Diane….you clearly don't see all of the overbred animals that "reputable breeders" sell to pet stores. There are thousands upon thousands of purebred animals sitting and dying in animal shelters because people choose to buy dogs instead of adopt.
    Now excuse me, I am going to go home and hug my 3 rescue dogs (2 of which are purebreds…..that I adopted the local rescues/shelters).

  • George Koch

    I assume your a very young person with little life experiences. Making something illegal does not correct people's behaviors. (drugs, dinking/ driving , theft, etc proove my point)

    If you want to stop puppy mills and animal abuse , You must EDUCATE the public on why puppy mills are wrong and inhumane. Limiting store owners access to puppies is not going to curb the problemits just going to send the bussiness underground with little oversight. Shame on the politicians who sign this into law.