That Doggie In The Window Better Be From A Shelter, Village Tells Retailers

Andy Dahn
March 06, 2019 - 6:50 pm

DOWNERS GROVE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The process of adopting a furry family member is changing in Downers Grove.

The Village Board has approved an ordinance that prohibits retailers from selling dogs, cats or rabbits unless they are obtained from animal care facilities, rescue organizations or humane societies.

"The main objective of the ordinance is to prevent dogs, cats and rabbits from being bred and housed in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions," said Doug Kozlowski, Downers Grove Communications Director. "Conditions in which they don't have adequate care, food, water, shelter or space to exercise and socialize."

Kozlowski said community members have been pushing for the change.

"They want to ensure this idea of puppy mills and animal mills and animals that are bred without the proper safeguards and conditions we're not in some indirect way contributing to that."

The Happiness is Pets location on Ogden Avenue is the only retailer that currently sells the animals. It has until Oct. 31 before being subject to fines of up to $1,000.

"That was done so that the existing business in the community has an opportunity to adjust their business plan,” Kozlowski said.

Store management tells WBBM they are still reacting to the change, but have no plans to close the store.