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Bill aimed at ending ‘puppy mill’ sales

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would make Illinois the first state in the nation to require pet shops to only sell dogs and cats that they’ve acquired from animal shelters and not from commercial breeders.

It’s aimed at putting so-called puppy mills out of business by ending their ability to sell animals to pet shops, which often fail to disclose the origins of their animals. Puppy mills are facilities that typically turn out large numbers of animals under inhumane conditions.

The legislation introduced this past week would still allow people to buy directly from responsible breeders.

Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge is sponsoring the bill. He says it’ll ensure “safer and more humane treatment of pets.”

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