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Illinois Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act

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A law in Illinois should be established where it would require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles; prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets; and create a misdemeanor of "puppy mill cruelty" for any violations. It is estimated state governmental entities will incur costs  related to enforcement activities and may also have some savings related to reduced animal care activities.

This would change the living conditions of the dogs because animal control companies will enforce this law by inspecting the major puppy mills in Illinois and several others throughout the state to examine their living conditions. If these puppy mills do not pass the inspection test, they will need to pay the fine stated in the law of $654,768. 

These inspections will happen every few months so the state of Illinois can make sure the dogs are taken care of, are in good living conditions and remain healthy. The dogs will also be taken out of the disease infested, low fed and disturbing living conditions if they do not succeed in the inspections. This means that Animal Control has the law behind them to shut down these puppy mills if they are not abiding by the rules. If nothing is wrong and the dogs seem to be happy and healthy, then the puppy mills will stay.

When puppies come from a puppy mill with these conditions, the disease as well as treatment of that animal will transfer to their new home. The behavior of the dogs that come from these types of puppy mills can be more aggressive, erratic, and obscure towards people and other animals. 

With these reasons, a law should be put into place similar to the Missouri Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in Illinois. This will prevent these actions will save dogs from Illinois from deplorable conditions. 

The Missouri law was passed in 2010 and in the past 4 years, more than 1,300 dogs have been rescued, 37 Puppy Mill businesses or individuals were referred to the Missouri Attorney General's Office for Prosecution, and more than $25,000 in civil fines were paid. The number of commercial breeders licensed with Missouri's Animal Care Program has dropped from about 1,400 to just over 800 (Humane Society Legislative Fund). 

This proves that the Missouri law has changed the living and treatment of dogs in the breeding industry for the better.  A similar law in Illinois will improve the treatment and conditions of dogs and alter the behavior of these animals to be less aggressive and more friendly and loving towards their owners.

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