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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Animal Services Legislative Activity

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Thank you to everyone who attended our SOLD OUT DuPage County Puppy Mill Workshop on June 30, 2019.Puppy Mill Workshop Flyer

PRESENTATION SLIDES ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

Presenter slides (where available) have been posted.  Links to Facebook Live recordings have also been provided.  To view slides, click the presenter's name below.

View the complete timeline of presenters and topics.

Marc Ayers - Illinois State Director, Humane Society of the United States (link to FB live recording)
Robert Berlin - DuPage County State's Attorney
Mindi Callison - Founder, Bailing Out Benji
Gail Diedrechsen - Volunteer Editor, “The Collie Nose”
Mary Edwards - Formerly of West Suburban Humane Society
Carrie Frost - Humane Educator, Anderson Animal Shelter
Greg Gordon - Owner/Proprietor, Dog Patch Pet & Feed
Peggy Grandahl - Director, Paws Crossed Rescue Resource & Representative, Safe Pets for Joliet
Dr. Barbara Hanek, DVM - Administrator Veterinarian, DuPage County Animal Services
Senator Linda Holmes - Illinois State Senator, 42nd District
Lorianne Kloss - Boulder Terrace Animal Hospital
Brian Krajewski - Member, DuPage County Board and Chair, DuPage County Animal Services Committee
Cari Meyers - Founder, The Puppy Mill Project
Bryan and Lorae Mundt - Pet Owner Testimony
Elizabeth Schaeffer - Pet Owner Testimony
Kerin Smith - Go Humane Naperville
Misty McCarty - Pet Owner Testimony

Hosted by DuPage County Animal Services and The Humane Society of the United States, this event will covered key topics such as passing local, state, and county laws, building coalitions, and representing the issue effectively in front of the media and the general public. Together we can take a stand against puppy mills and make Illinois a more humane state!

2019 News and Action Alerts

DCAS and the DuPage County Legislative Committee have made banning the sale of commercially bred pets one of its 2019 Legislative Priorities [Click here for the DuPage County 2019 State Legislative Program]. In addition to working at the state level to introduce legislation that would ban the retail sale of commercially bred animals, a few municipalities are leading the way to enact their own bans locally including:

  • On August 29, 2019 - Press conference held at DCAS to introduce the bi-partisan Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act  sponsored by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi
  • Lisle - One July 15, 2019 the Village of Lisle became the ELEVENTH municipality in Illinois to pass a humane pet store ordinance.
  • Buffalo Grove - On June 17, 2019 the Village of Buffalo Grove passed a humane ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits making Buffalo Grove the TENTH municipality in Illinois to become a humane municipality.
  • Wheaton – the Wheaton City Council is set to consider a proposed ban on the retail sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits.  Wheaton residents please reach out to Mayor Gresk and your city council members to respectfully ask them to support this ban.
  • West Chicago - on March 18, 2019 the City of West Chicago enacted their a humane pet store ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs, cats & rabbits in pet stores within the city limits.  Please reach out to Mayor Pineda and City Council members to thank them for their leadership and for making DuPage County a better place for people and pets to live.
  • Downers GroveThe Village of Downers Grove Village Council voted unanimously to enact a humane pet store ordinance at the March 5th, 2019 Village Council Meeting!  Downers Grove residents, please reach out to Mayor Tully and your Village Council members to thank them for their leadership and for making DuPage County a better place for people and pets to live.

The following municipalities/counties in Illinois have enacted humane ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred pets (as of 7/31/19):

  • Buffalo Grove
  • Chicago
  • Cook County
  • Crest Hill
  • Downers Grove
  • Kankakee County
  • Lisle
  • Naperville Township
  • Vernon Hills
  • Warrenville
  • Waukegan
  • West Chicago
  • York Township

Click here for a copy of The Problem With Commercial Breeding and Puppy Mills information packet.

Click here to view an example of a Model Humane Ordinance courtesy of HSUS.

To learn more about why commercial breeding is bad and how to be an informed consumer, visit:

2018 News and Alerts

Senate Bill 2280 (SB2280) "Louie's Law"

SB2280 if passed, will prohibit the retail sale of animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits) in DuPage County and Will County that are obtained from commercial breeders.  Louie's Law is a joint effort between Senator Michael Connelly, DuPage County Animal Care and Control Committee Chairman Brian Krajewski, Will County Legislative Chairwoman Suzanne Hart, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, and representatives from the Humane Society of the United States, The Puppy Mill Project, and the Naperville Area Humane Society and other local animal welfare representatives. View full text, updates and status of SB2280.

Support SB2280 The Facts

Find your IL State Senator and State Representative, then call and email to encourage them to support SB2280....or better yet...to become a co-sponsor of the bill!

Click here to read Why You Should Support SB2280 as prepared by The Humane Society of the United States.

Read the DuPage County SB2280 press release.

Show your support for dogs, cats & rabbits in the "mills".  Download an "I Support SB2280" sign.

Then:

  • Take a photo of you or your pet(s) with their sign
  • Share your photo on social media using hashtags: #Support2280 #LouiesLaw #HumaneDuPage
  • Don't forget to tag @DuPageCACC
  • Post your photo on the @DuPageCACC Facebook page and you might see it appear on the page's timeline!

 

Louie's Law Press Conference
Legislators from DuPage County, Will County, HSUS, The Puppy Mill Project, and local Animal Welfare Organizations Gather on December 22, 2017 at Naperville Area Humane Society to Introduce SB2280 "Louie's Law".

 

House Bill 4191 (HB4191) "Good Samaritan Law"

If passed, HB4191 would provide criminal immunity to Good Samaritans who damage a vehicle in an effort to rescue a dog or cat that is believed to be in imminent danger due to extreme heat or cold. The provisions would apply only if the individual had made efforts to contact emergency responders prior to taking action to forcibly remove the pet from the vehicle.  View full text, updates and status of HB4191.

HB4191 Sponsors (as of 2/1/18):

Sponsor:  Representative David S. Olsen
Chief Co-Sponsor:  Representative Christine Winger
Chief Co-Sponsor:  Representative Sara Feigenholtz
Chief Co-Sponsor:  Representative Kelly M. Cassidy
Co-Sponsor:  Representative Gregory Harris