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Chloe’s Bill to target puppy mills in Illinois

In Animal News on January 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Illinois State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Mount Prospect) have proposed a law targeting puppy mills in the Land of Lincoln. Named Chloe’s Bill after a dog rescued from a puppy mill in downstate Macon County, the legislation is designed to allow potential guardians to distinguish between puppies who come from caring breeders and those reared in puppy mills.

If passed, the bill would specifically 1) prevent breeders from having more than 20 unaltered dogs, 2) deny dog-breeding licenses to those who have been convicted of a felony relating to animal cruelty, 3) ban dog breeders from keeping dogs in kennels with wire flooring, 4) require breeders to maintain a certain level of heating, cooling, and ventilation, and 5) mandate pet stores and breeders to disclose a dog’s full medical history to potential guardians. Penalties for violation of these tenets would begin with fines and progress to seizure of the animals and complete closing of breeding operations.

The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have already voiced their support for the bill.

  1. I am so happy to see Chloe’s bill come into being.
    I pray this will go in effect in WI. also.
    I am a foster mom to puppy mill Bichon pups in WI., & see first hand how fearful & sick these pups are.
    I have a pup now who is so fearful, she pees whenever I reach towards her. She was never outside, never & still hasn’t been on a leash of any kind (I am waiting for nicer weather to tackle that). She has had no house training of coarse.
    The worst part is the fear & haunted look in the dogs eyes.
    I pray each night that something can be done to stop these horrible mills.
    Thank you, Ruth Fiege

  2. Thank God.
    This is a wonderful idea but the only way it will work is if people keep a close eye on dog breeders.

    Just because they haven’t been convicted of a felony doesn’t mean that they are not animal abusers.

  3. I also have the chloe bill on my blogger I think that if breeders are limited to the dogs they can breed and see that vet bills outway breeding then it will stop. It is amazing at how many cute websites are on the internet . I wonder if they were limited to 20 dogs if all the websites would disappear and then people could find part time jobs to supplement their income. It is one thing to better the breed but to exploite animals is another

  4. Chloe’s Bill sounds great. Too bad the HSUS and ASPCA don’t tell the whole truth about this bill. It would require HOME breeders–small breeders who raise pets and breed in their houses— to follow commercial kennel standards. The kennel design requirements would FORCE home breeders to build outdoor kennels for their house pets. These expenses, plus licensing fees, would force home breeders to close.

    If the bill really wanted to stop puppy mills, why does it license breeders with as few as 3 dogs? Ever seen a puppy mill with 3, 4, or 5 dogs?

    The desire for purebred and designer puppies is not going away. Some people need a specific breed of dog for a specific reason– I need hypoallergenic dogs. If people can’t buy puppies from a responsible breeder nearby, many will buy from a pet store or over the internet. And we KNOW where pet stores and many internet businesses get their puppies… puppy mills!

    So this bill would actually improve the status of puppy mills in other states, while shutting down responsible breeders in Illinois. Please don’t support this bill blindly, without reading it through and putting yourself in the shoes of a responsible small breeder.

  5. This in response to Jessica’s post.

    While I appreaciate your comments, I think they are a bit off. You wrote “I need hypoallergenic dogs.” No dog is hypoallergenic. Allergies come from the skin not the hair.

    I question any breeder who resists licensing. What do you have to hide? If they are responsible and truly interested in the pedigree they should encourage a more professional/legitimate way of doing things. There are few professions that do not require licensing.

    You also wrote, “So this bill would actually improve the status of puppy mills in other states”. If Illinois has success in passing Chloe’s Bill it will have a positive impact on other states as Illinois will be the leading example. If puppy millers clean up their act, as this bill hopes to accomplish, then why would consumers look else where?

  6. To respond to Leona: I’m not a breeder, nor a puppy broker.

    And it’s true that no dog is perfectly hypoallergenic, certainly some are better for people with allergies than others. You’re trying to split hairs to find argument with my reasoning. Even though purebreds aren’t “better” than mutts, some people don’t want and won’t get a “pound puppy.”

    This bill does NOTHING to prevent Illinois citizens from getting a puppy mill dog from neighboring states. If responsible breeders are put out of business in Illinois, where will people go to get their purebred or designer dogs? Internet brokers, pet stores… the exact places we DON’T want them to go.

    I want puppy mills stopped as much as anybody. But this bill licenses breeder with as few as THREE dogs. If it were REALLY about puppy mills, why is it targeting small breeders?

  7. I am not sure where to go, i recently purchased a puppy which i was told had a allergy from ticks, i had the breeder sign a guarentee and to my surprise the dog had mange, now she won’t honor the guarentee what can i do

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