Don’t Bring Puppy Mills Back to Pet Stores


Target: Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy

Goal: Convince three Cook County Commissioners to withdraw their bill that undermines the puppy mill ban in Illinois

Illinois’ puppy mill ban hasn’t even been in effect for two months, yet three Cook County Commissioners have already proposed an amendment to undermine it. Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy recently introduced the new amendment, which would essentially put puppy mill dogs back into Illinois pet stores. More specifically, the amendment would allow pet stores to purchase dogs from USDA millers as long as they have not had any direct violations in the past two years.

“What people need to keep in mind is that USDA breeders are puppy mills – it’s that simple,” says Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project. “If this passes, it will continue the cycle of abuse that we’ve worked so hard to stop.”

Sign the below petition to let Liz Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy know that Cook County and the state of Illinois will not stand for puppy mills of any kind. There is no place for breeders and puppy mills in today’s world that is already overpopulated with dogs we can’t take care of.


Dear Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy,

By watering down puppy mill legislation, you are allowing puppy mills to continue to operate. There are hundreds of homeless dogs and cats living in animal control centers, rescue facilities, and shelters.  There is no place for puppy mills and breeders in our world today. People who are interested in adopting a dog or cat must be encouraged to provide a home for a pet in need. USDA breeders are puppy mills, and there’s no way around it.

Please learn more about the pet rescue operations in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois so as to understand the severity of the pet overpopulation issue. Pet rescue and shelter volunteers work long and hard to ensure that homeless pets are safe, trained, and adoptable. Please do not undermine their hard work and create competition with profit-driven breeders. I am urging you to work with local animal rescue groups and pet stores to enforce a full ban of puppy mill pets in pet stores.


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One Comment

  1. Dolores Santucci says:

    Puppy Mills with no violations are still prisons for the animals in them that are classified as livestock and not protected under companion animal laws but under the AWA which is totally inadequate and not enforced. One day our world will look back on this practice of using companion animals as livestock to commercially produce puppies as products under dire and unsanitary circumstances to make huge profits for the pet profiteers and wonder why an advanced society would over pay for carelessly bred puppies who’s parents were abused and bred till dead. One day when the children ask why we let this go on, what will you say to them about what you did to stop it? It’s time to stand up to the pet profiteers that exploit these animals and consumers alike and say ENOUGH!

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