Illinois - Jan 4, 2011 - The new Illinois Pet Store Disclosure law took effect January 1, 2011.
Pet stores are now required to post the following information on or near the cages of the animals for sale. Customers should not have to ask for this information. If it is not posted, the store is in violation.
The Humane Society United States estimates that 99% of puppies sold in pet stores are from puppy mills. Consumers are misled into thinking the puppies come from small, private, local or home quality breeders.
Pet store disclosure requires the following information to be posted:
- The name and address of each animal's breeder.
- The name and address of any other person who owned or harbored the animal between its birth and time of sale, usually a puppy broker.
- A record of all veterinary conditions and/or treatments given to the animal.
- Any known information regarding congenital/hereditary defects of the animal's parents.
- The age, sex and weight of the animal.
- The breed of the animal.
See how to research a pet store and breeder at www.thepuppymillproject.org
Pet stores will no longer be able to hide the fact that they purchase their dogs from puppy mills or large puppy brokers that buy from puppy mills.
We urge all consumers to do their research before buying a puppy in a pet store.
HB 5772 The Pet Store Disclosure Bill is signed by Governor Quinn in Aug 2010.
Many families have purchased puppies from pet stores only to find that their new family member is very sick or even dying, due to being bred in a commercial breeding facility, otherwise known as a puppy mill. These families can endure heartbreak, high vet bills and may not know that they have inadvertently supported the cruel puppy mill industry. This bill gives consumers basic information about where their puppy or kitten is coming from so that they can make a more informed decision.
Remember, the store must post this information. Please contact us if you find a store that is not posting the information at: