State seeks to revoke dog licenses from Furry Babies stores

The State Department of Agriculture wants to remove dog trade licenses from the furry babies stores in Lombard, Aurora and Rockford, alleging they were operating illegally as pet stores.

On Thursday, the department announced that it had filed motions for dismissal.

A press release says the stores are licensed as dog dealers, not pet store operators. Only pet store operators can sell dogs in stores, and all dogs sold in pet stores must come from an animal control center or animal shelter, according to state law.

Furry Babies has stores in Yorktown Center in Lombard, Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, and CherryVale Mall in Rockford. The website states that the company obtains its dogs from dog breeders.

The press release says companies were made aware of licensing requirements and restrictions when issuing their dog dealer licenses.

A pre-hearing conference is scheduled for August 31 before an administrative law judge.

In December, Furry Babies sued the state when a new law prohibited pet stores from offering third-party financing deals to people wishing to purchase pet store dogs and cats. He withdrew the complaint in February.

In a “letter to our customers” posted on its website and Facebook pages, the company said it opposes the Illinois law change that required pet stores to stop selling pet dogs. breeders. The company also said it obtained a dog dealer’s license in May “and can resume providing well-bred puppies with known medical histories and track records from the reputable, ethical breeders we’ve worked with for years.” years!”

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