Buffalo Grove puts temporary ban on dog, cat sales

  • Buffalo Grove leaders have placed a moratorium on the retail sale of cats and dogs in the village while they continue to debate potential regulations aimed at suspected puppy mills.

    Buffalo Grove leaders have placed a moratorium on the retail sale of cats and dogs in the village while they continue to debate potential regulations aimed at suspected puppy mills. Associated Press File Photo, 2010

 
Updated 10/16/2018 5:38 PM

As Buffalo Grove leaders continue to debate regulations to prevent the sale of dogs from suspected puppy mills, the village imposing a six-month moratorium on the wholesale and retail sale of dogs and cats.

For now, it may be a largely inconsequential gesture, given that there currently are no stores in Buffalo Grove selling dogs or cats.

 

But Trustee Jeffrey Berman, who joined Trustee Lester Ottenheimer III in opposing the temporary ban, questioned its constitutionality and wondered whether it would impact residents who breed dogs and cats.

"That would necessarily sweep in a hobby breeder. That would necessarily sweep in an individual who owns a dog who happened to get pregnant and has puppies and wants to sell those puppies rather than give them away or keep them," he said. It would even, he said, "preclude one resident from selling their dog or their cat to another resident."

Buffalo Grove officials have been discussing regulations since August, when representatives of the Humane Society of the United States encouraged a village ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. The society claims puppies sold in pet stores generally come from puppy mills.

Trustees heard from the other side earlier this month, when a representative of the Illinois Pet Lovers Association said Buffalo Grove should abide by a state law that, instead of banning the sale of dogs and cats, strictly regulates pet stores.

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