Chicago says 'no' to puppy mills.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes.

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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VIA Chicago Tribune

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Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at for a free health consultation today!

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  • McMurrray

    Hurrah to the legisltors. I am strongly against regulations that hurt pets and reputable breeders but this ordinance will actually hit puppy mills without hurting reputable breeders. A reputable breeder would NEVER sell a puppy at a retail outlet or storefront so ALL purebred puppies there do indeed come from puppy mills. Reputable breeders will still be able to place puppies in carefully screened homes under private contracts as they already do.

    • JayKitchener

      Except for the “reputable breeders” in the Chicago area. Apparently you aren’t aware of new federal regulations that require many “reputable breeders” to declare themselves “retail pet establishments.” So, the feds view “reputable breeders” as “retail pet establishments”, and then the municipality says “no retail sale of pets.” See how that works?

  • JayKitchener

    Because puppies from completely unknown sources and conditions are so much better than puppies from licensed and inspected kennels? This is a very bad idea. Pet shops are the new animal shelters, and animal shelters are the new pet shops. That makes so much sense.

  • m.williams

    Jay K has a point. With newly established regulations pegging even small, reputable hobby breeders as pet retailers, this is a good way for the radical animal rights extremists to put a stop to even responsible animal breeding (which no doubt they label ALL animal breeding as irresponsible). I wonder if the Humane Society Of The United States with their anti animal stance backed this legislation? Something tells me they approved of it.