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Cook County, Ill. Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

County Council applauded for steps to increase adoptions of homeless animals

The Cook County Council passed an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. The ban will go into effect Oct. 1. Chicago also passed a similar ban in March. Kristen Strawbridge, Illinois state director of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“Cook County is taking a step forward for the humane economy and a stand against pet overpopulation and puppy mills. This rule will help end the euthanasia of thousands of animals every year in the state. This ban will help drive the market toward adoptions of homeless animals from shelters and rescue groups, and increased sales for small, responsible breeders who meet standards of animal care.”


Media Contact: Cheylin Parker; 240-599-6848, cparker@humanesociety.org