March 9, 2020
The City of Evanston has suspended its procedural rules and will be considering and possibly voting on an ordinance TONIGHT (Monday, March 9) that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in the city unless the animals are from a shelter, rescue, or a breeder that BOTH has a USDA license and has no more than 5 female dogs capable of reproduction on their property in a 12-month period.
In other words, this proposal would ban the sale of dogs in the city from any breeders – including hobby and home-based breeders – unless they currently possess a USDA license and have fewer than five female dogs “capable of reproduction” over the course of a year AND keep no more than five female dogs capable of reproduction at any one time.
Read the proposal in its entirety on the city’s website.
The AKC strongly encourages those who reside in Evanston to consider attending tonight’s meeting, and to contact the City Council IMMEDIATELY to express concerns with this proposal and ask them to support responsible breeders. For more talking points, visit the Breeding Regulations and Restrictions key issues page in the AKC Legislative Action Center.
Hearing and Contact Information:
Evanston City Council Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2020
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, James C. Lytle City Council Chambers
Council Contact Information:
Mayor Stephen Hagerty
Alderman Judy Fiske
Alderman Peter Braithwaite
Alderman Melissa Wynne
Alderman Donald Wilson
Alderman Robin Rue Simmons
Alderman Thomas Suffredin
Alderman Elanor Revelle
Alderman Ann Rainey
Alderman Cicely Fleming
AKC Government Relations and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners are both contacting the council to express concerns. For more information, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org or IFDCO at email@example.com.