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Orland Park Could Ban 'Puppy Mills' Sales

First, Chicago aldermen. Next, Cook County Commissioners will decide whether to do away with the use of puppy mills. Orland Park officials will also debate the matter.

Orland Park trustees could follow Chicago's lead, by requiring all pet stores in the village to do away with the use of commercial breeders.

Mayor Dan McLaughlin Monday turned over discussion of a proposed local ban on "puppy mills" to Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Chicago officials in March approved a ban on puppy mills as vendors in city limits. The measure requires that all pet stores procure their animals from shelters, rescue organizations and other nonprofit organizations or from municipal animal control departments.

A similar ban could be implemented by the Cook County Board Commissioners Wednesday. A county-wide measure which would impact shops in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Palos Heights, Bridgeview, Chicago Ridge, Brookfield, Lansing, Alsip, Lincolnwood and Berwyn. 

If passed, Cook County's ban would go into effect in July. Any pet store still selling animals procured from commercial breeders after that point would face a $500 fine for each sale in violation of the ordinance. 

McLaughlin asked Gira to discuss the local ban at an upcoming April 21 committee meeting. As a home rule community, Orland Park is able to tailor the ban to its specifications. 

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