Chicago passes anti-puppy mill ordinance

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits obtained through large-scale breeding operations in March.  Pet stores will still be able to offer animals to customers, but the pets must come from shelters or rescue groups.  Chicago aldermen passed the ordinance 49 to 1, signifying a growing trend toward legislation that supports animal welfare.  The Chicago ruling follows similar laws put forth in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and 43 other communities throughout the nation.