Don’t Bring Puppy Mills Back to Pet Stores


Target: Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy

Goal: Convince three Cook County Commissioners to withdraw their bill that undermines the puppy mill ban in Illinois

Illinois’ puppy mill ban hasn’t even been in effect for two months, yet three Cook County Commissioners have already proposed an amendment to undermine it. Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy recently introduced the new amendment, which would essentially put puppy mill dogs back into Illinois pet stores. More specifically, the amendment would allow pet stores to purchase dogs from USDA millers as long as they have not had any direct violations in the past two years.

“What people need to keep in mind is that USDA breeders are puppy mills – it’s that simple,” says Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project. “If this passes, it will continue the cycle of abuse that we’ve worked so hard to stop.”

Sign the below petition to let Liz Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy know that Cook County and the state of Illinois will not stand for puppy mills of any kind. There is no place for breeders and puppy mills in today’s world that is already overpopulated with dogs we can’t take care of.


Dear Cook County Commissioners Elizabeth Doody Gorman, Gregg Goslin and Joan Patricia Murphy,

By watering down puppy mill legislation, you are allowing puppy mills to continue to operate. There are hundreds of homeless dogs and cats living in animal control centers, rescue facilities, and shelters.  There is no place for puppy mills and breeders in our world today. People who are interested in adopting a dog or cat must be encouraged to provide a home for a pet in need. USDA breeders are puppy mills, and there’s no way around it.

Please learn more about the pet rescue operations in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois so as to understand the severity of the pet overpopulation issue. Pet rescue and shelter volunteers work long and hard to ensure that homeless pets are safe, trained, and adoptable. Please do not undermine their hard work and create competition with profit-driven breeders. I am urging you to work with local animal rescue groups and pet stores to enforce a full ban of puppy mill pets in pet stores.


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  1. Barbara Lara says:

    DO NOT do such a dumb thing! If we don’t take care of innocent creatures who the hell will!

  2. I think that puppy mills are outrageous. I just learned about them recently because iv wanted to work with animals almost my whole life. So I had started looking in to collage so I could major is Zoology and go into the field of Herpetology. So I still plan on this but I have owning a pet store as my second option.. but purebreds already have a lot of genetic defects… I don’t don’t look down on breeding but putting these dogs that already have problems that they are born with and then born into these homes is just down right awful. Yes, every living being diereses a home and I just feel awful but im not going say don’t buy these dogs… I mean go look at the stuff they came from! You have to think of the bigger picture the dog and the new born puppies will die with out money they will stave to death.. I know I will get hate from this last part of my post but don’t get me wrong I would love to stop Puppy mills..

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