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Pet store limits under review in Joliet, in force in Crest Hill

Joliet City Hall
Joliet City Hall

JOLIET – A long-stalled proposal for a pet-store law may get a vote after all, with Mayor Bob O’Dekirk pushing for a decision.

Meanwhile, Crest Hill this week passed a similar ordinance barring pet stores from getting puppies from breeders.

The matter rose again at the Joliet City Council meeting on Tuesday when Council member Jan Quillman suggested that the proposal be tabled indefinitely.

Quillman, an advocate for the proposal to ban pet stores from selling cats and dogs that come from breeders, said she was concerned the ordinance would be killed in the Land Use and Legislative Committee.

“I pulled it,” Quillman said when committee Chairman Terry Morris told the council that the matter would be considered again in November. “It’s not going to be on the agenda – tabled indefinitely.”

O’Dekirk then interjected, saying, “I’d like to see something done.”

Quillman said she wanted to talk with the mayor about the matter later, and the council moved on to other topics. But Morris soon brought up the pet proposal again, saying the matter should go for a vote before the full City Council.

“As the mayor said, I would like to see this voted on – whichever way it goes,” Morris said. “That might stop some of the harassing phone calls and emails that I’m getting. ... I think we need to move one way or the other.”

Proponents of the proposal to limit where pet stores can get their dogs have been vocal, and several of them spoke in favor of a city ordinance at the Oct. 10 committee meeting.

The committee, which will review the matter again in November, had considered two proposals last week.

One would ban pet stores in Joliet from selling dogs, cats or rabbits unless they were acquired from an animal control center, pet shelter or rescue organization.

The other would be to follow a new state law requiring that pet stores buy from licensed breeders.

The Crest Hill City Council on Monday passed an ordinance that would require pet stores get puppies from animal control centers, pet shelters or rescue organizations.

“There was no controversy,” Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman said, noting that the ordinance was approved unanimously.

Soliman said Crest Hill was waiting until a similar law in Chicago was tested in court. A state appellate court in September ruled in favor of the Chicago law.

Joliet likewise had been waiting on the appellate court decision before considering such a law, which was first proposed in the city in early 2015.

The Land Use and Legislative Committee will review the matter again in a meeting yet to be scheduled for November. Interim City Attorney Chris Regis said he wanted to present options to the committee before a proposal goes to the full council for a vote.

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