The Humane Society has backed away from a proposal supported by Gov. Pat Quinn to prohibit pet stores across the state from selling dogs from breeders, instead amending the plan to try to make sure only "reputable breeders" provide the animals to the stores.
The Humane Society wanted to stop pet stores from selling dogs from puppy mills. But pet store owners criticized an earlier bill that would have required that all dogs come from shelters, saying it would have put them out of business.
Kristen Strawbridge, the Illinois director of the Humane Society of the United States, said there “wasn’t an appetite” among legislators for the full ban, so the group is supporting a new version instead.
The new bill mandates that pet stores only accept dogs from breeders who are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, have records without USDA violations for two years and did not get cited for serious violations during recent visits from USDA inspectors.
Speaking in support of the original ban on sales from breeders, Quinn said: “This proposal will help end inhumane puppy mills, protect pet owners and help shelter animals find loving homes."
The state’s attempt to end sales from breeders followed on the heels of moves by the Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board of Commissioners to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from large-scale professional breeders.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun