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Ill. Governor Announces Statewide Bill to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

Gov. Pat Quinn takes steps to increase adoptions of homeless pets

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced the introduction of a new state bill that would restrict the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. HB 4056 would allow pet stores across the state to only acquire dogs and cats from shelters and rescues, and direct the Department of Agriculture to study the issue after five years. Kristen Strawbridge, Illinois state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“This legislation would help end the euthanasia of thousands of adoptable dogs and cats every year in the state, and will drive the market toward responsible breeders and adoptions of homeless animals from shelters and rescues instead of puppies produced in puppy mills.”

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