SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP/WREX) — The Illinois State Senate has passed a bill that some supporters believe could shut down so-called puppy mills.
Rep. Andrew Chesney (R), of Freeport, introduced the bill earlier this year.
The bill 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.
Elgin Democratic Sen. Cristina Castro says the bill “is really to address the commercial puppy mill and to close that pipeline.”
The bill passed in the final hours of the General Assembly session that ended early Tuesday.
It passed the Illinois House in April and now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The bill seeks to curb inhumane conditions for animals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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