State Rep. Andrew Chesney discusses advancement of bill against puppy mill sales

It now heads to the state senate for a vote.
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 6:37 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After months of work, Legislative Bill 1711 passed in the Illinois House of Representatives, aiming to stop the growth of puppy mills in the state by ending the sale of commercially-bred dogs in retail stores.

Focusing on the dangerous breeding of animals by non-reputable companies and people, the bill passed the house last week. It now heads to the state senate for a vote.

Rep. Andrew Chesney of the 89th District joined WIFR to discuss the proposed legislation.

“We want these puppy stores that are a lot of times in malls to purchase from humane sources and right now, they’re not,” Rep. Chesney said. “They know they’re not, and when they get caught they change for a little bit, but then they go back to doing their business as usual. This bill will stop that.”

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