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A new state law, which is to go into effect January 1st, will hopefully diminish the number of puppy mills and unlicensed breeding facilities in Illinois.
By the start of 2011, pet stores and animal shelters will be required to post the history of their dogs and cats that will include the name and address of the animal's breeders, a record of their medical conditions, including vet treatments and vaccinations, any hereditary defects, as well as the animal's parents, date of birth, and breed.
The information must be signed by both the customer and the pet shop before the sell or adoption can be finalized.
Some critics, however, are saying that the new law won't really help because it doesn't protect pets and potential pet owners from "Basement Pirates," which are unlicensed people who sell animals illegally out of their basements at highway stops.
"If you pick up the classifieds, you will find 10 of these. Those guys aren’t going to be affected by (the law)," says pet shop owner Greg Gordon.
It's a step in the right direction to help stop puppy mills, however more definitely needs to be done.
Potential pet owners should always do extensive research before adopting.
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