Pet Store Chain Franchisees Seek to Enjoin Illinois Pet Sales Ban

A group of Petland franchisees have sued the State of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Agriculture in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking to permanently enjoin enforcement of the new state law banning retail pet sales and requiring pet stores to only offer dogs and cats from rescues and shelters. Petland stores have become notorious for sourcing dogs from puppy mills. Plaintiffs argue that the ban is unconstitutional and are seeking temporary and permanent injunctive relief. The new law is scheduled to take effect on February 23, 2022.