This past Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, a new law was signed into action by the Chicago City Council stipulating that pet stores were no longer able to sell dogs, cats or rabbits from for-profit breeders. While this law may seem harsh to some, if they only knew what the life of a puppy mill dog looked like.
Many people would not want to know, because it is a harsh life that these dogs lead beginning with being born in a crate and then, for many, living out their total existence in that crate. For the female dogs, it means having one litter of pups after another until their insides dilapidate. When they are no longer producing puppies that can be sold for profit, these dogs mean nothing to the puppy farm owners and the dogs are destroyed.
The lucky ones make their way to non-profit rescues and animal shelters. The people involved in the shelters in Chicago’s suburbs now fear that since Chicago is banning dogs produced at for-profit mills, that they will see an influx of pet stores opening in the burbs and that the problem will not go away, but that it will spread itself over many miles of territory.
Certain organizations like the Chicago-based non-profit organization entitled the Puppy Mill Project (mentioned in today’s DuPage County Daily Herald) are trying to alleviate the issue from spreading and therefore are encouraging the suburbs to follow the lead of Chicago proper and pass laws not allowing for-profit puppy breeders to continue. Why? You are about to hear.
When female canines are overbred, the puppies that are produced, many times, are sickly and will cost a load of cash just to live a semi-normal life. When the families that purchase these dogs get sick of the cost or physical upkeep of the dog, they get rid of it; dog ends up in a shelter, rescue or, worse yet, out on the street! The problem continues.
By eliminating the source, perhaps a lid can be put on these pathetic breeders. Of course this is not to eliminate dog breeding altogether, just the ones that get carried away with the dollar signs in their eyes. If no more dogs were bred, families would miss out on the unconditional love that a dog has to give.
Other good news that comes from this new Chicago law is that rescue dogs will now be able to be sold in pet store locations. Rescue dogs are the one-and-the-same that come from the pet stores many times, but are looked down upon because they are referred to as homeless or rescue dogs or shelter dogs. If only more people would look below the surface!
A big thank you goes out to Chicago for their great decision on this new law. Suburbs, listen up, it is time to jump onto this bandwagon! Save the dogs and you will reap the rewards!