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Pritzker signs bill banning puppy mills in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Illinois will no longer be home so-called "puppy mills" after Governor JB Pritzker signed a piece of legislation into law on Friday.

A puppy mill is a large-scale, for-profit pet pet breeding company that often leaves animals in dangerous conditions and subject to disease.

The new law restricts the retail sale of dogs and cats to animal control and shelters only. This means stores couldn't take and sell pets from certain breeders.

The bill was introduced by Freeport Rep. Andrew Chesney (R) earlier this year.

“One of the best ways to stop the prevalence of these puppy mills is to significantly reduce the demand by ending transfer of pets through retail sales outlets,” Chesney said after the bill was signed into law. “These puppy mill advocates know this is their market and that is why they protested my efforts to infringe upon this inhumane treatment of dogs and cats.”

The Humane Society of the United States also applauded the new legislation.

“We applaud Illinois lawmakers and Governor Pritzker for the enactment of Illinois’ Humane Pet Store Law, making our great state the fifth in the nation to take a strong stand against puppy mill cruelty,” said Marc Ayers, Illinois state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “This law brings us one big step closer to the day when terrible puppy mills will have nowhere left to sell.”

Earlier this summer, representatives from the pet store Furry Babies protested the legislation, saying it would cost people their jobs.

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