Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

By on February 6, 2020 with 4 Comments

A Petland in Naperville, Illinois, will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday ending such sales in pet stores.

This makes Naperville the 341st locality in the United States to pass such a measure. There were Petland stores in several of these localities, including Pittsburgh, Sarasota, Deerfield Beach, Florida and Albuquerque, that had to stop sales of commercially raised puppies.

This is great news for animals and for those of us who have been campaigning hard to get lawmakers to act decisively to end puppy mill cruelty. Eight undercover investigations we have done at Petland stores since 2018 have uncovered horrible suffering and neglect of the animals on sale. Our investigators have time and again reported sick animals who were not given medical care and who, in some instances, died. Hundreds of consumers have written to us with their own sad stories of buying companion animals from Petland, only to have them fall sick or perish.

Eight undercover investigations we have done at Petland stores since 2018 have uncovered horrible suffering and neglect of the animals on sale.

But Petland, which has been known to source animals from puppy mills, has not simply refused to change its bad business practices; it has channeled its resources toward passing preemption laws that take away the right of local communities to stop pet stores from selling animals sourced from mills. In fact, right now, there is a bill in Illinois, H.B. 4105 introduced by state Representative Margo McDermed at the behest of Petland, that would do exactly that. If that bill passes, it would nullify anti-puppy-mill ordinances passed by 14 communities in Illinois, including Naperville. We cannot allow this to happen, and we will fight this bill with all of our might.

The Naperville ordinance, which will cover Petland and one other puppy-selling pet store, took a half-decade to secure but it passed last night with a 5 to 4 vote, signaling the changing times. The writing is on the wall: American consumers want to see the last of puppy mills, and simply do not want to support businesses that help keep this scourge alive.

Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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  1. Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

    Estos lugares las fábricas de cachorros no deben de existirno es posible que la gente haga dinero a costa del sufrimiento de los animalitos

  2. Teri says:

    The Naperville Humane Society is a very hands-on shelter. I remember them net-working in the community as well as running a first rate shelter.

  3. Denise Rippee says:

    I don’t understand how “any” Petland store can still be in operation. I saw a video a couple of years ago that just broke my heart. They are blatantly cruel, these puppies and dogs are treated horrible, no dog or puppy should ever have to endure such cruelty and harsh mean callous treatment by these VILE PEOPLE. We need to end all sales at all pet stores and please consumers do not buy from these stores. I know the pups are so adorable but they have to stopped and put out of business forever!

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