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On Monday, April 9, the Illinois House Agriculture and Conservation Committee will hear testimony on a bill to require state animal shelters and animal control facilities to report certain information regarding the animals entering and leaving the facilities.

House Bill 5477, initiated by the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners (IFDCO), is an important bill that will provide essential data on exactly where and why animals are coming into Illinois shelters, and what happens to them once they are there.  This includes determining how many animals are coming from outside the state and country.

Legislation that restricts animal owners and breeders is commonly proposed due to misplaced concerns about shelter population or animal health issues.  House Bill 5477 will provide a full and accurate picture of exactly why animals are entering shelters, where they are coming from, and their ultimate outcome.  This will provide factual data and greater clarity about issues so that real problems can be addressed and the most appropriate policies to benefit animals can be put in place.

What You Can Do:

Illinois residents are encouraged to do the following before the hearing on Monday, April 9, and express your support for House Bill 5477.

  • File an online witness slip to be sent to the full committee. This must be complete by 12:45 pm on Monday, April 9.  To do this, visit http://my.ilga.gov and click register to create an account.  Once you are registered, select “House”, then the Agriculture and Conservation Committee.  Click the gavel icon, then “view legislation” and select House Bill 5477.  When creating a witness slip, you may type “self” in the representation box and then click “proponent” and “record of appearance only.”

    These steps will show the committee the number of people who support this measure, even if you are not physically present at the hearing.

  • Contact the members of the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee. The contact information is as follows:

    Jerry Costello, II, Chairman
    (217) 782-1018
    staterepcostello@gmail.com

    Rep. Sue Scherer, Vice Chairperson
    (217) 524-0353
    staterepsue@gmail.com

    Rep. Charles Meier
    (217) 782-6401
    repcmeier@gmail.com

    Rep. Daniel Burke
    (217) 782-1117

    Rep. Avery Bourne
    (217) 782-8071
    bourne@ilhousegop.org

    Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie
    (217) 782-8121

    Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie
    (217) 782-5131
    repphelpsfinnie@gmail.com

    Rep. Randy Frese
    (217) 782-8096
    repfrese@adams.net

    Rep. Brad Halbrook
    (217) 782-8398
    Halbrook@ilhousegop.org

    Rep. Michael Halpin
    (217) 782-5970
    RepHalpin@gmail.com

    Rep. Sonya Harper
    (217) 782-5971
    repsonyaharper@gmail.com

    Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez
    (217) 782-0044
    Sjimenez@ilhousegop.org

    Rep. Lou Lang
    (217) 782-1252
    langli@ilga.gov

    Rep. Dave Severin
    (217) 782-1051

    Rep. Brian Stewart
    (217) 782-8186
    Stewart@ilhousegop.org

    Rep. Daniel Swanson
    (217) 782-8032
    swanson@ilhousegop.org

    Rep. Litesa Wallace
    (217) 782-3167
    Litesa@StateRepWallace.com

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this bill and provide updates.  For more information, contact the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners at schipnut58@yahoo.com or AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org.

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