Chicago City Council can protect puppies from phony rescue groups

Allowing pet stores to sell puppies from commercial breeding facilities known to spread diseases to humans is dangerous and cruel.

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The Chicago City Council this week may vote to close a loop hole in an ordinance restricting the sale of animals from commercial breeding facilities that purport to be rescue groups.


Thank you, Ald. Brian Hopkins for introducing an ordinance to close a loophole in a ordinance on pet stores sourcing their puppies from phony rescue groups. 

Allowing pet stores to sell puppies from commercial breeding facilities that have been known to spread zoonotic diseases to humans is dangerous, especially given the current global pandemic. In commercial breeding facilities, dogs often are kept in cramped cages with wire floors and routine or urgent veterinary care is not obtained. The females are used to constantly produce puppies that are sold at unreasonable prices purely for the profit of the commercial kennel. 

We applaud Chicago’s commitment to become more humane by tightening pet store requirements to promote adoption from legitimate shelters and rescue groups. We urge the City Council to vote yes on this issue.

Michele Patterson
Animal Wellness Action
Puppy Mill Committee Chair

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