City Explores Puppy Mill Ban for Naperville Pet Stores

More research is needed, councilors said Tuesday, before action can be taken on the proposed ban, according to the Chicago Tribune.

City officials in Naperville are expected to take a deeper look at puppy mills in coming months and the possibility of placing regulations on where pet stores can purchase their pups, according to media reports. 

On Tuesday, 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, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Naperville pet store owners also spoke up during Tuesday's city council meeting, stating they are careful to purchase puppies from breeders "who provide adequate environments" and are "regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture," according to the Daily Herald. 

Other pet store owners follow the "humane model," which means they only sell pups that come from rescue organizations or animal shelter, according to the Daily Herald. 
More research is needed, councilors said Tuesday, before action can be taken on the proposed ban and the city council is expected to address the ban again in August, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Do Naperville Pet Stores Buy from Puppy Mills?

In a recent Chicago Now post, blogger "Raining Cats and Dogs" spoke up on the supposed puppy mill issue in Naperville. 

The writer points to a new "Happiness is Pets" store that is being built in Naperville, stating the stores buys puppies from "Amish puppy mills, the worst of the bunch."

"Naperville is already home to three pet stores that are tapped into the puppy mill pipeline - the current Happiness is Pets,  Petland and Furry Babies," according to the Chicago Now blog. "As more communities connect the dots and draw the line between puppy mills and pet stores, why oh why would Naperville give the green light for one of it's current stores to set up a new store." 

Buck Naper June 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Maybe Naperville Council needs to look into closing The Apple Store. Many of their products are made in China, who's policies mandate forced abortions on women who violate the government's family planning mandates. It has been reported that "pregnancy monitors" are allowed in some manufacturing plants. Oh, I forgot. Naperville made Chinese Consul General Zhao Welping an honorary citizen. The Naperville Council members and Mayor Pradel applauded and fawned over this representative of an oppressive communist government. Hmmm...puppy mills, abortion mills is there a difference?
Ann Stronger June 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Thank you for listening to the residents and taking the time to investigate. Naperville does not need any puppy mill outlets (puppy selling stores) when there is so many adoptable dogs available. Furthermore, allowing these stores in our city sends a message that Naperville supports animal cruelty. Puppy mills are filled with breeder dogs living in horrible conditions and suffering on a daily basis. I look forward to Naperville being an animal cruelty free city one day. Please adopt and don't shop and support abuse.
goddess June 19, 2014 at 03:35 PM
This is an easy fix and shouldn't take much time to pass and enact. Naperville should be ashamed that they allow the sale of puppy mill dogs in their city limits. Please fix this now.
goddess June 20, 2014 at 08:59 AM
This article has a great suggestion. Why not get a complete list of the breeders used by the pet stores and then go take a look at them? Assuming the stores will provide the list. http://www.chicagonow.com/raining-cats-dogs/2014/06/naperville-questions-for-the-pet-store-debate/


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