Updated: May 10, 2014 6:30AM
Orland Park will consider an ordinance that could prohibit the retail sale of puppies or other animals that come from commercial breeders.
Mayor Dan McLaughlin said he wanted village trustees to look into the issue after Chicago aldermen last month voted overwhelmingly to approve a similar ban.
At least one village board committee and possibly others plan to discuss the prohibition. A potential ordinance will be discussed at a board committee meeting at village hall April 21.
Chicago outlawed sales at pet stores of dogs, cats and rabbits from large-scale commercial breeders that are often referred to as puppy mills.
The measure, in part, aims to reduce the number of dogs and other animals that are euthanized.
Pet stores would instead be required to get their animals from shelters, rescue organizations and other nonprofit organizations or from municipal animal control departments. Chicago’s law will take effect in March 2015.
Cook County commissioners are expected to consider a similar ban when they meet Wednesday. That proposed ordinance wouldn’t affect online sales or purchases from small breeders or veterinarians.
At Monday’s Orland Park Village Board meeting, Ron Berning, owner of Happiness is Pets, which has a store in Orland Park, presented to trustees photos of the breeder facilities that supply pets to his stores. Happiness is Pets has four other stores in the Chicago area.
Berning said his stores are checked by state inspectors, and that his dogs’ breeders follow strict rules regarding the care and feeding of the pets.