Lawmakers hope to pass tougher bills in order to protect animals

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Illinois pet advocates and lawmakers will soon meet at the state capitol to promote bills that protect animals.

The bills aim to make laws stiffer for people caught allowing dog fighting and those operating puppy mills.

Macon County Animal Control Chief Warden Roy Austin says current laws aren't effective and need to be tougher. One bill called "Chloe's bill" is named after a dog taken from a puppy mill last fall in rural Arthur.

The bill's goal is to make sure puppies bred in mills are treated properly and protected. Tuesday is the first ever humane lobby day in the state.

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