In Illinois, Will and DuPage counties are proposing a law that no dogs or cats can be sold at pet stores. Suzanne Hart, Will County Board Legislative Chairwoman, and State Senator Michael Connelly (21st District) explain their strong support on my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show.
This is not about having a problem with purebred dogs or small businesses; it’s about doing the right thing, and that is to halt the support of puppy mills.
For example, Dog Patch Pet & Feed in Naperville, Illinois, once sold dogs and cats. Today they only adopt, and they remain a thriving business. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of dogs and cats seeking homes, and it’s possible that pet stores could help, as Dog Patch Pet & Feed does.
Senator Connelly talks about his own experience once getting a Great Pyrenees where he shouldn’t have. But that was then, and this is now.
We talked about the reality of this bill passing, and how some communities could invoke “home rule” to overrule. But if that happens, a price may be paid for any elected officials supporting overruling the bill. As Collins says, the public overwhelmingly “gets it.”
Suzanne tells a story of a puppy mill mother dog that she met, and her voice breaks as she tells the story. Continuing support of puppy mills (and those who support the mills by opposing these laws) is reprehensible.
Hart and Connelly both point out other counties—in Illinois and elsewhere—will likely follow their lead.