Last week many people were hopeful that pet stores would be banned from selling pets that could potentially be obtained from puppy mills. Unfortunately a stalemate has ensued as it looks like more research needs to be done before the proposed ban could be passed.
Chicago has already passed the ban and animal lovers and enthusiasts from the western burbs are really hoping to see Naperville follow suit. According to an article posted last Wednesday in the Naperville Patch, reports came in that city officials in the town are supposed to take a deeper look at puppy mills and that they may station regulations as to where pet stores will actually be able to purchase the canines that they place for sale.
Animal lovers and those working with shelters and rescues have definite opinions about the sale of puppy mill puppies. In fact, according to the Naperville Patch article and according to the Chicago Tribune, several Naperville residents called on the city to ban the sale of dogs from puppy mills, saying the large-scale breeders keep the animals in bad conditions and often times the dogs will suffer from health conditions.
The argument that pet store owners have is that the dogs they purchase are supposedly "regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture." The problem is that the Department of Agriculture has very low regulations on this sort of deal – just as they do with the food sources coming into our country that make our animals so sick.
When pet store owners stipulate that they try to be careful to only purchase puppies from breeders "who provide adequate environments," they cannot always be certain that their statement is true unless they personally go to visit these locations as opposed to having the dogs delivered to their site.
They may argue that other pet stores also have pets ‘for sale’ in them, but these pets are typically only being displayed in these locations; featuring animals from local shelters and rescue organizations. When this type of pet sale occurs, the store is following the "humane model” for pets to be sold to pet parents.
This argument works best because many of the pets that end up in shelters and/or rescues were actually purchased from stores. When the animal gets sick, has behavioral problems, or the pet parents no longer want it because it grew out of the ‘cute puppy stage,’ they simply get rid of the dogs – even though it is far from the animal’s fault.
Once the adequate research has been conducted, it is the hope of local citizens and animal lovers alike that the proposed ban will be placed into effect. For now, we are where we have always been, waiting and hoping for justice for these dogs.