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Court Upholds Law to Prohibit the Sale of Puppy Mill Animals in Chicago

Under a court order, pet stores in Chicago are still prohibited from buying puppies from large-scale commercial breeders, also known as puppy mills. Several pet store owners challenged the ordinance that was passed last year. The Humane Society of the United States and The Puppy Mill Project submitted an amicus brief in support of the city and a federal judge has dismissed the case. Jon Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel for the animal protection litigation section of The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement: 

"We are pleased that this law was upheld. The successful defense of this ordinance and several others throughout the country affirms that local jurisdictions can act to prevent animal cruelty, encourage adoption of homeless animals, and protect consumers." 

Ninety localities throughout the United States have passed similar ordinances with dozens pending. 


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

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