Illinois Bans Retail Sale of Cats and Dogs

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law House Bill 1711 which provides that pet shop operators may only offer dogs or cats for sale if they are obtained from an animal control facility or animal shelter. The law also ensures that any such “animal control facility or animal shelter that supplies dogs or cats to pet shop operators to be offered for sale shall not be a dog breeder or a cat breeder or obtain dogs or cats from a dog breeder, a cat breeder, a person who resells dogs or cats from a breeder, or a person who sells dogs or cats at auction in exchange for payment or compensation.” The law additionally states that pet shops still may provide space to “an animal control facility or animal shelter to showcase dogs or cats owned by these entities for the purpose of adoption.”