Pets

  • Illinois “Safe Pets” law on track to be the strongest in nation

    hastings 050117TINLEY PARK— State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed legislation to establish best practices and consistent regulations to protect dogs and cats throughout Illinois.

    Hastings’ initiative, Senate Bill 1882, was signed into law today. This new law also known as “Safe Pets” will establish standards to protect the health and well-being of animals sold in Illinois.

    “Welcoming dogs and cats into your family is physically and mentally rewarding,” Hastings said. “These furry friends do not take long to become part of your family. It is our duty to put protections in place to protect our family pets’ well-being as well as make sure there are precautions in place to reunite dogs and cats with our families sooner.”

    The primary components of this regulatory standard for pet stores:

    •    Prohibits pet stores from purchasing animals from large commercial breeders that are USDA-licensed and does not have direct non-compliance citations over a two-year period.
    •    Pet stores are required to microchip dogs or cats prior to sale.
    •    Requires pet stores to obtain copies of USDA inspection reports either from the USDA website (if posted online) or directly from the breeder prior to purchasing the cat or dog and must be available to consumers prior to sale.

    Hastings worked with the Illinois Pet Lovers Association and the Illinois Humane Society

    These protections enhance public confidence in the health of the animal prior to purchase.

    “The enactment of this bill is an important step in the right direction and brings us one day closer to the day when cruel puppy mills have nowhere left to sell,” said Marc Ayers, Illinois Director of the Humane Society of the United States. “Illinois is the eighth state to enact a pet store sourcing law, preventing the worst puppy mills from selling to in-state pet stores."

    Hastings worked with organizations and stakeholders throughout Illinois to develop a compromise to protect Illinois’ dogs and cats.

    “This legislation is the result of countless hours of negotiation to institute responsible and thoughtful pet industry regulations in Illinois to protect Illinois’ dogs and cats,” Hastings said.

    Senate Bill 1882 the Senate and House with bipartisan support. This new law goes into effect immediately.

  • Illinois “Safe Pets” legislation set to become strongest in nation

    Safe Pets legislationSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed legislation to establish best practices and consistent regulations to protect dogs and cats throughout Illinois.

    Hastings worked with the Illinois Pet Lovers Association and the Illinois Humane Society to work toward establishing standards to protect the health and well-being of animals sold in Illinois.

    “Our dogs and cats become part of our family,” Hastings said. “It’s our duty to put protections in place to protect our family pets’ well-being as well as institute precautions to reunite dogs and cats with their families sooner if they are lost.”

  • Tom Cullerton's measure to reunite pets with owners goes into effect

    Tom Cullerton's measure to reunite pets with owners goes into effectVILLA PARK- Dogs and cats will soon be reunited with their owners faster.

    State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) initiative that requires animal shelters to scan a dog or cat within 24 hours of being taken into a shelter goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

    “My dog Brenna is like a member of my family. If something happened to her, like most pet owners we would want to find her as soon as possible,” Cullerton said. “This new law puts protections in place for cat or dog owners to find lost pets quickly and efficiently.”

    The number of cats and dogs reported missing has drastically decreased due to new technology such as microchips and online networks. Cullerton believes this new law will bring the state up to date and save all parties involved money in the long run.

    “This new law will save shelters some money and stop a lot of heartbreak,” Cullerton said.

    Previously, under the Animal Control Act, public animal shelters are not required to scan for microchips. Dogs and cats can be adopted or euthanized from shelters without scanning for a microchip first.

  • 16 for 16: New laws for a New Year

    16 fpr 16: New laws for a New Year

    Much of the General Assembly’s work in 2015 was focused on the Illinois budget stalemate, but a variety of new laws are set to go into effect Jan. 1.

    Check out our list of 16 new laws that may affect you in 2016 – on the road, at school, in your home and around your neighborhood.

    Read a full list with descriptions of more new laws here.

     

  • New Cullerton law protects pets from extreme weather

    dogs snowBeginning in January, you can be charged with a misdemeanor if you leave a pet outdoors in extreme temperature conditions. The governor signed legislation earlier this year making it a Class A misdemeanor if dogs or cats are injured or die due to weather exposure.

    Senate President John J. Cullerton cosponsored the bill with Rep. Sara Feigenholtz after a number of dogs died during last year’s bitterly cold winter after being left out in extreme temperatures.