Poll: Should Naperville pet stores only offer rescues?

The Naperville Petland store is currently home to a collection ofpuppies that includes this young merle sheltie. The store would be oneof two pet shops forbidden from selling puppies from commercialbreeders under a city ban proposed by local activists. | Susan Frick Carlman/Sun-Times Media
The Naperville Petland store is currently home to a collection of puppies that includes this young merle sheltie. The store would be one of two pet shops forbidden from selling puppies from commercial breeders under a city ban proposed by local activists. | Susan Frick Carlman/Sun-Times Media

Tuesday night City Council met to discuss issues including the sale of dogs and cats at Naperville pet stores.

The council was considering a ban that would allow shops to only offer dogs and cats sourced from shelters and rescue groups, but members have refrained from making any decisions just yet.

Which types of pets do you think area shops should be allowed to provide?

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7 Comments

  • T Rex

    L Tish, I am just curious,...where do you think all these family pets and special need dogs will come from if responsible breeders are not allowed to breed their dogs?Also, If a female is in the wild and goes into heat, it will assuredly get pregnant each time while having to fend for itself in potentially inclement weather while foraging for food. It is what nature is about. YET, if a professional breeder does the same in a controlled environment, it is bad for the female??I am just curious to know where you people get these mis-guided ideas from....fantasyland??you all need to investigate facts, not just rhetoric.

    2014-09-16 16:20:48 | Reply
  • Joe

    USDA kennels are the best in the world, The Animal Welfare Act was created specifically for the commercial stream of animals being sold to pet stores. Insuring proper care treatment, housing etc. Did you know the inspections standards for a USDA kennel is higher than and more complex that a restaurant inspection? Should a USDA kennel have an infraction they can and do face fines of 10,000 per infraction, In other words they must score a 100.0% each and every time. In comparison restaurants can score as low as a 70.0% and not face any fines and still operate as normal. If you are going to pass laws Let's try to focus on proper population management standards, Only allow USDA puppies to be offered, do not allow shelter or rescue dogs on the property they bring and carry diseases that can make the puppies sick or kill them. Put in place health and care standards for the pet stores insuring they are providing a good environment for the babies.

    2014-09-16 15:46:25 | Reply
  • Marsha

    The City of Naperville should not control where we can spend our money. I have purchased 2 puppies from Petland and they are wonderful. I truly enjoyed my experience with the store and we recommend them to anyone looking for a purebred puppy!

    2014-09-15 22:43:41 | Reply
  • Gene

    Pet Stores should be allowed to sell breeder puppies. The city counsel should not try to interfere with free enterprise. What is next, limiting automobile sales to cars made in America, limiting grocery sales to products that are organic? These type of restrictions are not good for the city of Naperville,

    2014-09-15 12:46:08 | Reply
  • L. Tish

    This is about more than just the puppies. It's about the breeding dogs in commercial (USDA licensed) breeders. People need to research how these breeding dogs classified as livestock are kept. They are bred every heat and when they can no longer produce litters they are disposed of never having known what it's like to be a dog or have a loving family. No beds, no toys, no walks, no affection and no proper Vet care which would cut into profits. These are intelligent companion animals that serve our country and save the lives of our troops. They help the physically challenged to live a more independent life. The help autistic and learning challenged children do better in school. The list goes on. They are companion animals that suffer when their needs are not being met. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows that this is true. How can you then go to a pet store or order over the Internet knowing that you're creating demand from more puppy mills to produce those puppies and condemning the breeding parents to a life in a cage. Shame on anyone who thinks mass abuse is acceptable.

    2014-09-07 21:55:31 | Reply
  • A Studebaker

    ALL pet shops should be limited to selling dogs AND cats from rescues and rescue groups. We have more than enough beautiful animals needing homes without adding to an already glutted market. ADOPT! Don't shop!!!

    2014-09-05 11:04:40 | Reply
  • Judy

    By selling dogs from commercial breeding, not only are the stores profiting from the horrendous treatment of these animals. But they are also propagating the market with more dogs. Dogs that have been shown to be sick from inbreeding.

    2014-09-04 19:37:25 | Reply


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