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Protecting dogs

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

We need more stringent laws in Illinois to protect dogs from the abuse of puppy mills.

The laws passed in 2010 are insufficient. We need a fully comprehensive law that establishes the definition of a breeder, how dogs are bred and kept, and how they are sold to the public.

Pet stores should be prohibited from selling dogs, ending a great part of the problem.

I am a dog foster mom for a rescue. Thousands of dogs, including puppies, are euthanized every week. We need to stop the cycle, and we need to pressure our local and state governments to solve the problem by introducing legislation.

Such legislation has been reintroduced recently in Congress after virtually being ignored several times. The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act – sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin – was sent to the committee on agriculture in February and has been there ever since.

According to GovTrack.us the proposal has less than a 9 percent chance of getting out of House and Senate committees, and only a 1 percent chance to pass in the House and no chance in passing in the Senate.

With so many important issues to be debated and reviewed to incorporate the needs of all constituents, I can’t understand how such an uncontroversial bill can be stuck in a committee and have virtually no chance of passing.

It makes me wonder what our government is spending its time and our money on. I hope our state government can create comprehensive legislation on the issue.

Kathleen D. Nelson


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