Al­der­men, pass Chicago’s puppy mill or­di­nance now

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

The Chicago Al­liance for An­i­mals re­cently was con­tacted by a woman named Carla, who un­know­ingly bought a sick puppy in Au­gust from a lo­cal shop.

She said she “spent an un­be­liev­able amount of money on a dog who has a ge­netic dis­or­der.” She sent emails de­tail­ing the vet­eri­nar­ian’s di­ag­no­sis and the shop man­ager’s very rude and un­com­pas­sion­ate re­sponse. She also sent an email in which she said the man­ager thinks the store will cover the es­ti­mated vet­eri­nary costs of be­tween $6,000 and $8,000. The owner then in­formed her that “med­i­cal bills are not cov­ered.”

Ald. Brian Hop­kins has pro­posed an or­di­nance to close pet stores that are still sell­ing dogs for thou­sands of dol­lars yet clearly not get­ting them from authen­tic an­i­mal shel­ters or res­cue groups, which was the in­tent of leg­is­la­tion passed in 2014.

Every day that this hu­mane leg­is­la­tion is not passed is an­other day some­one else will spend an in­sane amount of money on a com­pan­ion an­i­mal, only to dis­cover that they have been swin­dled through dis­hon­esty mo­ti­vated by money.

This com­mon-sense or­di­nance is sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of al­der­men and a huge coali­tion of an­i­mal shel­ters, res­cue groups and an­i­mal pro­tec­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions. This is a no-brainer. The Al­liance urges that the pro­posed or­di­nance be voted on and passed at the Sept. 9 City Coun­cil meet­ing.

The sil­ver lin­ing of this pre­ventable sit­u­a­tion is that Carla loves Honey Coco, is keep­ing her and will get her the vet­eri­nary treat­ment she needs.

Jodie Wiederkehr, Chicago Al­liance for An­i­mals

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Chi­huahuas res­cued from a sus­pected puppy mill in Peotone.

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