Chicago to close city’s last dog stores

By on April 21, 2021 0

Chicago will close the last stores in town that have enabled the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.

Chicago City Council passed the pet retail bill at their Wednesday afternoon meeting.

Seven years ago a law was passed which banned the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from unsavory sources, however, a few stores have operated through a “loophole” in which they claim to receive their rescue dogs. , the Chicago Animal Alliance (CAA) said in a statement Wednesday.

However, the CAA says several reputable sources have investigated and exposed these rescues as fronts for the puppy mill industry.

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“The CAA is so thrilled that Chicago City Council has finally passed this bill, so the progressive legislation passed in 2014 can finally come into effect, which will result in many more dogs being passed out of our way. municipal shelters, ”said Jodie Wiederkehr, executive director of the Chicago Alliance for Animals (CAA).

More than 13,000 animal rights activists have signed online petitions urging the mayor Lori Lightfoot and Ald. Derrick Curtis, Matthew O’Shea and Michele Smith to shut down the three pet stores in their neighborhoods that sold dogs at high prices.

Twenty-one aldermen have registered as official co-sponsors of the bill.

CAA volunteers have also been protesting the Pocket Puppies regularly for the past year.

“This success will prevent the influx of puppies and dogs into Chicago from filthy puppy mills, backyard breeders and unscrupulous sources, where dogs are treated like breeding machines and inanimate objects. With the passage of this bill, the second city is proving to be a leader in the humane treatment of animals, ”said Wiederkehr.