Proposed Chicago Ordinance Seeks to Ban the Sale of Puppy Mill Animals

Chicago may be the next city to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills. The Puppy Mill Project is currently working with city officials to push the Companion Animal Protection Ordinance into law. This piece of legislation seeks to prohibit the sale of commercially-bred cats and dogs.

Proponents of the ordinance believe animals raised with commercial breeders may be unsocialized, resulting in a less than ideal situation when the dog reaches its forever home. Additionally, the ordinance may help reduce fraudulent activity being carried out by select breeders.

"We pay dearly for failing to curb the sale of puppy mill animals," Susana Mendoza, Chicago city clerk, said in a statement. "This legislation is going to save the lives of dogs and spare pet owners the heartache and cost of bringing a sick animal into their home. Also, I'm happy to say that this addresses a big challenge the City faces in terms of finding resources to care for strays and abandoned animals."

According to the Puppy Mill Project, in 2012, 39 percent of the animals brought to Chicago's animal control facility were euthanized. This ordinance hopes to combat this issue, as it will allow a greater number of animals to be adopted from rescue centers and shelters.

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