'Puppy Mill' Sales Banned in Cook County: Will It Work?

The ban was unanimously approved Wednesday. But will it be effective?

Pet stores in Cook County will have to turn to shelters, rescues, humane societies and other specific providers for the pets they intend to sell. 

The Cook County Board Wednesday unanimously approved a ban on puppy mills in suburban Cook County—an extension of a similar earlier measure passed by the Chicago City Council. 

Championed by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, the ban limits the retail sale of puppies and kittens from commercial breeders, instead requiring the pets come from small-scale breeders, shelters or similar places. Stores are permitted to acquire animals from federally licensed breeders with no more than five reproducing female animals.

The vote makes Cook County the largest jurisdiction in the country to crack down on the sale of pets from puppy mills. The new law will take effect on Oct. 1, 2014.

“Passing a puppy mill ban means that Cook County residents can have some piece of mind knowing that if they buy a dog from a pet store they are getting a new companion who has been treated humanely. As a proud dog owner and dog lover, this is an issue that is deeply personal to me, and based on the feedback I’ve received from others, clearly this is important to many Cook County residents,” said Commissioner Fritchey.

Suburbs with home rule powers — usually those with more than 25,000 residents — are able to opt out of the ban. Orland Park, for instance, intends to discuss its own measure on the matter. 

The ban does not apply to Internet sales, which has some critics doubtful it will help curb the practice, instead sending buyers looking online. 

So, will it work? Take our poll.

Tired of the B.S. April 11, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Luke Chapter 12:13-14: “Someone in the crowd said to Him [Jesus Christ], ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But He said to him, ‘Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you." Hardly seems like what a socialist would say. You know, for somebody that seems to want everybody to follow the Patch rules, you sure did break a few with your last post. Also, no matter how many times you say it, I am not part of the KKK or racist, that is just one of the things that people like you use as an attack on people that don't agree with you. Another is censorship, that one you have also used when saying that my posts should not be allowed.
Tired of the B.S. April 11, 2014 at 08:05 PM
So just to get back on the subject of the article, puppy mills are bad, but I think it would be nice if our lawmakers could tackle some of the serious problems that we face in this state and in this country as quickly as they seem to be able to try to take care of things like puppy mills.
Amanda Horn April 13, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Too bad TOBS didn't have good parents to teach him right from wrong. Hating is wrong. There are good and bad in every group. I think I'm a little late. You've got to be taught to hate, before you're six, or seven, or eight...so the song goes.
Tired of the B.S. April 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Amanda, you said, on one of your earlier posts, Amanda Horn March 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM "How miserable it would be to insist that everyone have the same lifestyle, views, politics, etc. as me." Too bad that if you are white, not gay, not liberal, or don't conform your beliefs to which ever way the winds are blowing, you seem to insist that those people are, in some way, wrong and full of hate. By the way, I have wonderful parents, who did teach me right from wrong. I just don't change the way I feel to try to fit in with the liberal way of thinking. Another thing that they taught me was "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."
JusticeLeague April 14, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Tired of B.S. - This might not be on your top priority list, but it's on the top of other people's. Keep that in mind.


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