Petland in Rockford closed, cites state puppy mill law


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A vacant store, an empty parking lot and a sign on the door that says “permanently closed” are all that remains at Petland in Rockford.

A statement on the store’s main website page says the decision was made on February 23, 2022, and affects all pet stores in Illinois.

The sign on the door reads:

“Due to flawed state laws, pet stores in Illinois can no longer legally work with licensed and inspected professional breeders.

Only 4% of dogs sold in the United States are sold in pet stores. Pet stores are the only source of puppies in IL that are licensed breeders and regulated to the highest standards only.

Despite this, animal rights groups have convinced lawmakers that requiring pet stores to only source puppies from shelters and nonprofit shelters will cause puppy mills to close. We maintain that puppy mills exist almost exclusively in the unlicensed and unregulated world of dog breeders and do not cross paths with our pet store. Meanwhile, there are no restrictions on shelters or rescues purchasing dogs directly from the public. This misguided legislation will have no impact on the targeted puppy mills, but will have a significant impact on our valued employees.

Please contact your local House Representative or State Senator and tell them you support Bill 4643 to protect pets, protect pet stores, and protect your right to choose where your next pet comes from. company.

This story is developing and will be updated as information is confirmed.

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