DuPage Holds Forum On Abuses At Puppy Mills, 'Catteries'

Andy Dahn
June 24, 2019 - 5:02 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- DuPage County officials are hoping a first-of-its-kind workshop will show residents a different side of traditional pet stores and breeders.

Brian Krajewski is chairman of the County's Animal Services Committee, which has partnered with the Humane Society for a Puppy Mill Workshop this weekend.

"Everybody loves the cute puppy," he said. "But where did it come from? Who is the mother? Where is the mother, and what condition has the mother been in? A lot of these animals are in facilities where there's no socialization and they're stuck in small cages."

He said the workshop will look to answer some of those questions, as well as what more can be done to pass legislation to protect dogs and cats from the damaging effects of mills, “catteries” and commercial breeding.

"We have been working with the legislators over the past couple of cycles. In fact, two sessions ago, we had a bill in Springfield that would ban the sale in both Will and DuPage Counties, but it didn't really go anywhere."

The workshop is being held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DuPage County Auditorium.