SPRINGFIELD - A new bill being considered by lawmakers could make Illinois the first state in the nation to require pet shops to only sell cats and dogs that they've acquired from animal shelters. The legislation is being introduced to put "puppy mills" out of business by ending their ability to sell animals to pet shops.
Puppy mills are usually large facilities where large amounts of animals are bred for sale. Those animals are often raised and kept in inhumane conditions, and when they are sold the mills often fail to disclose their origin. The bill would still allow individuals to purchase pets directly from responsible owners.