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Chicago pet store owners worried about puppy mill crackdown

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Pet stores owners in Chicago are concerned because they say an ordinance that cracks down on puppy mills, while well intended, goes too far and would put 16 stores in the city out of business; even if their dogs are not from puppy mills.

The owner of Pocket Puppies, which sells miniature dogs from $850-to-$4000 each, said the measure does nothing to go after the puppy mills themselves.

"I opened my business because I knew there were abuses in the industry eight years ago, and I wanted to make sure that my dogs were humanely sourced," said Lane Boron, owner of Pocket Puppies.

The ordinance would require pet store owners to only sell dogs from shelters and rescues, in effect banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs.

"This is not foie gras Alderman, that you can throw in the garbage," Boron said.

However, the founder of the Puppy Mill Project, who supports the ordinance, called puppy mills a major problem and "hell" for dogs whose lives are spent breeding under inhumane conditions.

"Churning out puppies for profit until they can no longer breed and then they are disposed of by the millers. This is a large scale, systematic animal cruelty at its absolute worst," said Puppy Mill Project Founder Cari Meyers.

One customer expressed concern about the ordinance, and thought tighter enforcement of current laws might be more effective.

"I think that they should look into these places that might get their puppies, dogs from puppy mills, but I think that if they're telling you they're getting from a breeder, it shouldn't be a big deal," said Peter Yawanis, a pet store customer.

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