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July 08, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Pet store owners, activists clash on Chicago proposal that would block pet stores from selling breeders' puppies

Pet store owners, activists clash on Chicago proposal that would block pet stores from selling breeders' puppies
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A proposed ordinance sent to the full Chicago City Council this week would bar pet stores from selling dogs and only allow them to take fees for adoptions of pets from shelters and animal rescue groups.

The proposal aims to close a loophole from an ordinance passed in 2014 that attempted to prevent the sale of dogs from large-scale breeders at Chicago pet stores.

The 2014 ordinance’s language allowed breeders to sell pets to retail stores under the guise of nonprofit organizations, a 2018 Chicago Tribune investigation found. The city’s Committee on Health and Human Relations on Monday recommended the revised ordinance for approval by the City Council. The guidelines also would apply to cats and rabbits.

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