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Committee to Discuss Ban on Puppy Mill Sales in Orland Park

The Public Safety Committee will mull the ban on puppy mills during a meeting Monday at 6 p.m.

Orland Park officials Monday will take a first look at banning the sale of animals from commercial breeders in village limits.

The Public Safety Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in Village Hall to discuss regulating businesses that utilize puppy mills.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. 

In March, 2014, City of Chicago officials approved a ban on puppy mills as vendors within city limits. The Cook County Board April 9 unanimously approved a similar ban on puppy mills in suburban Cook County. 

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.

As a home rule community, Orland Park has the option of tailoring its own regulations. 

“We invite the public to attend to share their opinions,” said Village of Orland Park Trustee Patricia Gira. “Residents’ input is instrumental in assisting the committee in assessing the best action to take in regards to the issue at hand.”

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