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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-18
Publication name: The Regional News
URL for more info: http://www.theregionalnews.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/34027-orland-park-law-aims-to-protect-puppies-and-inform-buyers
Summary:
The Orland Park Village Board voted unanimously Monday to adopt an animal and consumer protection ordinance that requires pet shops to provide written disclosures for each dog sold in a conspicuous location on or near the animal’s holding cage or in a centrally located area in the pet shop.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Lawsuit postpones Cook County 'puppy mill' ban

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-13
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/ct-puppy-mill-ban-fight-met-20140911-story.html
Summary:
A federal judge ordered a delay Thursday in Cook County's new law targeting so-called puppy mills that is being challenged in federal court and suburban town halls.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-16
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/orland-park-homer-glen/ct-orland-puppy-mills-tl-ssw-0918-20140917-story.html
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An Orland Park ordinance replacing a ban on the sale of pets from large commercial breeders with a pet shop licensing program and stronger disclosure requirements has won the acceptance of both animal activists and the village's sole pet store owner.

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CAPS would like to thank CAPS Illinois Director Ida McCarthy and CAPS Chicago Outreach Coordinator Dianne Dorado Arp for all their hard work on behalf puppy mill dogs. Without them, the proposed ban on the sale of commercially bred pets in Orland Park, IL wouldn't have been possible.

Publication/Event date: 2014-08-19
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/orland-park-homer-glen/ct-orland-puppy-mill-ban-tl-ssw-0821-20140819-story.html
Summary:
A committee of Orland Park trustees Monday endorsed replacing a ban on the sale of commercially bred pets passed in Cook County earlier this year with a local ordinance focusing on disclosure requirements.

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Suffolk County Legislature approved an amendment that will require more disclosure from pet stores and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills.

Hauppauge, N.Y., June 3, 2014 – Suffolk County became the first in New York State to take advantage of the recently signed state law authorizing municipalities to adopt stricter local regulations for pet dealers. Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman and Legislator William Spencer, M.D. spearheaded the changes to local law and drafted the bill with the assistance of various animal advocacy groups, including Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), and local store owners. The Government Operations, Personnel, Housing & Consumer Protection Committee had already unanimously approved the bill on May 28 and enjoyed widespread support from the community. The most important provision in Introductory Resolution 1047-14 prohibits pet shops from purchasing animals from questionable breeders with violations on their most recent USDA report.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-04-22
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/orland_park_homer_glen/ct-orland-puppy-mill-hearing-tl-ssw-0424-20140422,0,6339231.story
Summary:
Animal activists and Orland Park dog owners urged village trustees to ban the sale of pets raised by commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills," during a public hearing Monday night.

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