MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) – A moment that animal shelters and keepers have long been waiting for finally happened last Friday. Illinois is taking a step toward ending puppy factories.
Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law on Friday that will help make puppy factories a thing of the past.
“A puppy mill is the first to be an unlicensed facility and they only breed dogs. There is also a cat version of it and they breed for profit, ”explains Kay Creese, General Manager and Veterinarian at St. Francis CARE animal rescue.
House bill 1711 prohibits the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. “They are often difficult to find because they are unlicensed companies. Their source of income has always been selling to pet stores, so this bill cuts that delivery line, ”adds Creese.
Illinois is now the fifth state in the US to ban puppy mills, which proponents refer to as a move toward animal welfare. “We have all seen the pictures of the terrible conditions in which these dogs are kept. You are never allowed on grass. They are attached to wires so that their stool falls through and they do not have to be cleaned. The animals to be cared for are generally not cared for and so matted. Then, when they’re done breeding, they often let them down, “says Creese.
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Creese says the abused pets often end up in animal shelters. “We get them and I think everyone has or has over time and they are usually not socialized. I mean, you put them on concrete and they have no idea how to walk on it, grass is just awful a lot of cleaning up before you can even get primary health care for them. “
Creese says she is relieved that the law has been signed and that it is a big step in the right direction. “This is good news because it really closes a whole segment of abuse.”
Pet shops will be able to sell cats and dogs from animal controls and rescues. The law comes into force on February 24th, 2022.