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Joliet council woman wants cat and dog sale ban

Brock A. Stein | 10/18/2017, 3:28 p.m.
Joliet could join the ranks of the City of Chicago and the State of California if it resurrects a plan ...

Joliet could join the ranks of the City of Chicago and the State of California if it resurrects a plan to ban the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores.

A proposal for a Companion Animal and Consumer Protection Ordinance has been around for a couple of years dating back to 2015 and would end the sale of dogs and cats from large-scale commercial breeding operations sometimes called puppy or kitten mills.

If passed, city pet stores would be required to obtain pets from animal rescue organizations or eliminate the sale of pets altogether.

City Council woman Jan Quillman said that she tabled the latest proposal for the plan at the October 10 Legislative and Land Use Committee meeting because she could see she didn’t have the support of the other members.

“The votes weren’t there to go forward,” she said.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk indicated this week that he was in support of seeing the ordinance come before the full council if only for an up or down vote on the matter.

“I would like to see something done,” said O’Dekirk.

Quillman indicated that the practice of banning the sale of pets from large breeder operations is catching on closer to home as well with the City of Crest Hill having just recently passed its own ordinance banning the practice this week.

“Chicago can do it. The state of California can do it. I just don’t know why the City of Joliet can’t do it,” said Quillman.

Quillman indicated that the new rules would impact only one business in town but without any rules in place would be unable to prevent new businesses from selling pets from large breeding operations as well.

“If the city council doesn’t take a stand where does it stop?,” she asked. “We protect everybody else why can’t we protect these poor innocent animals?”

Council member and chair of the legislative and land use committee Terry Morris said that he would like to see the proposal come before city council if only to “help stop some of the harassing phone calls” he’s received on the subject.

“I think we need to move one way or the other,” said Morris.

City attorney Chris Regis said that the hold up on approving the proposal at the committee level has been in getting an agreement on which of several variations of the ordinance have been drafted. Regis said that he would present the options at the next legislative and land use committee meeting to try to come to reach consensus plan to bring before the full council.

Quillman believes that the sale ban is what the people of Joliet want.

“We’re here to serve our citizens and if our citizens want this we should pass it,” she said, “It doesn’t make any sense to me.”