Puppy mills will soon be a thing of the past in Chicago after an anti-puppy mill ordinance was passed by a landslide 49-1 vote.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza who pushed the measure said, “It cuts off a pipeline of the animals coming from the horrendous puppy mill industry and instead moves us towards a retail pet sales model that focuses on adopting out the many, many homeless animals in need of loving homes in this city.” She added, “Under this ordinance, the retail pet stores in Chicago will no longer be able to sell dogs, cats or rabbits unless those animals are sourced from humane sources, such as animal shelters or animal rescue associations.”
It was proposed by the first term clerk last month that city pet stores be required to sell companion animals that come from government pounds, humane societies or animal rescue groups rather than for-profit puppy mills. These houses of horror sell puppy-mill animals to pet stores with little regard for how they are treated, keeping them in small cages for their entire lives and breeding them over and over again until they are “used up” and disposed of.
Violators of this new ordinance, which will go into effect a year after its passage, will be fined up to $1,000 dollars a day or be charged with a misdemeanor offense. Several other cities across the country have banned the sale of puppy mill animals, and we hope this trend will continue until all for-profit, animal-cruelty operations are shut down.
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