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'Puppy Mill' Ban Will Put Local Pet Stores Out of Business: Cook County Commissioners

Commissioners Liz Gorman and Joan Patricia Murphy think the ordinance needs to be reevaluated to weigh the economic impact on local pet stores, and then tweaked.

A ban on the sale of animals from commercial breeders needs to be further discussed and tweaked to stop "bad" breeders—but also to prevent putting local pet stores out of business, Cook County Commissioners said Wednesday. 

Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth Doody Gorman and Joan Patricia Murphy, along with veterinarians, held a conference at the George W. Dunne Cook County Office Building in Chicago to discuss the recently proposed amendment to the Cook County Companion Animal and Consumer Protection Ordinance—the 'Puppy Mills' ordinance.

Sponsored by Gorman and Murphy, the amendment states that a pet store can sell dogs, cats and rabbits from any USDA licensed breeder as long as the breeder hasn't received any major violations in the last two years. 

READ: Orland Park Still Mulling Ban on Sales from Puppy Mills

The commissioners said they believe their amendment addresses bad breeders as well as strengthens the health and well-being of pets "without our local pet stores being put out of business and jeopardizing the jobs of our constituents through regulatory overreach."

The proposed amendment was sent to the Legislation Committee for discussion.  

The committee process will allow the board time to closely examine the real economic impact of the ordinance, which was not originally done, Murphy told WGNRadio. The process allows legislators to discuss proposed legislation and ask questions, and Murphy still has some about the ordinance, she said. 

“The future of Happiness is Pets, a local pet store and long-time business in Orland Park, will most certainly have to close its doors and put people out of work. This will be the end result of the current ordinance if not amended,” said Gorman.

Both commissioners highlighted the importance of local pet stores to the Cook County economy, and "the need to be fair and equitable in the county’s approach to regulating the pet industry." 

The amendment is scheduled to be heard on June 17, 2014.

Arthur Huff May 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM
What does this do to rescues? Are they allowed to keep selling dogs?
Clara Porras May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM
reputable pet stores wouldn't sell dogs anyway, so good ridden to any business who does.
Dr G May 29, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Only hillbillies buy their dog from pet stores
Dianne Arp June 05, 2014 at 01:24 AM
The amendments to the Cook County ban, as stated above, will essentially void the original ban, as well as the Chicago ban. Which would result in a colossal waste of time by everyone associated with both bans. If these amendments are passed it will be business as usual for pet stores to continue selling their sick puppy mill puppies, and lying about it. As a "home rule" town, Orland Park is considering writing their own ban on the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores in your town. If properly written and passed, it would shut down the Happiness Is Pets store in your town. Unsuspecting and uninformed customers would no longer be suckers to the pet store's lies, and consumer fraud. If you support a ban, with no loopholes, please contact your Mayor and Trustees, specifically Trustees Patricia Gira and Dan Calandriello because they've been charged by your Mayor to do the research. But they all need to hear from you. We need to stop the madness. This is not about putting anyone out of business, It's about Orland Park choosing not to support animal abuse, animal cruelty and consumer fraud. Please speak for the dogs suffering in the puppy mills, and contact your Trustees today. We'll be protesting in front of the Happiness Is Pets store in Orland this Sunday 6/8 from 1-3pm. Join us! We get tremendous support from passers by and honking cars. And we inform potential customers about the risks of buying a sick puppy mill puppy from Happiness Is Pets. Dianne Arp Chicago Outreach Coordinator The Companion Animal Protection Society
deedee June 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM
These two (Liz and Joan) think we don't realize what's going on here...........happens all the time............make alot of noise giving these people (us) what they want to shut them up and then later, when noone is looking, we'll (Joan and Liz) find a way to change it back. Sorry, but the misery and abuse MUST stop......somethings ARE more important than the almighty buck...like defending those that can't defend themselves. I promise you, if this amendment passes, all of us will do what we can to see to it that you 'don't pass' in November.

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