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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services Legislative Activity



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:

  • Downers GroveUPDATE 3/5/19: The Village of Downers Grove Village Council voted unanimously to enact a humane pet store ordinance at the March 5th 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!
  • 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.

The following municipalities/counties in Illinois have enacted humane ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred pets (as of 3/6/19):

  • Chicago
  • Cook County
  • Crest Hill
  • Downers Grove
  • Kankakee
  • Naperville Township
  • Vernon Hills
  • Warrenville
  • Waukegan
  • 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:


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. Click to 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 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 here.


  • 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. Click to 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