CHICAGO (CBS) — An attorney for small pet stores in Chicago was vowing to appeal a recent court ruling tossing out a challenge to the city’s puppy mill ordinance, and threatening a defamation lawsuit against advocacy groups he accused of lying to get their way.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza said last week’s court ruling, which cleared the way for the city to begin enforcing its so-called puppy mill ban, was a huge victory.
“I know maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it really is,” she said after Thursday’s ruling dismissing a lawsuit seeking to strike down the ban. Mendoza sponsored the ordinance, which was approved by the City Council in March 2014, and slated to take effect a year later, but was not enforced while a lawsuit challenging the measure was pending.
Attorney Sean Patrick agreed the judge’s ruling was a big deal, but for different reasons. He represents the Park Pet Shop in Mount Greenwood and Pocket Puppies in Lincoln Park.
“Let me tell you something. Pocket Puppies, they’re like the Whole Foods of pet shops. They make sure that all their breeders are responsible. They’re typically smaller breeders, and in Park Pet Shop, that’s a mom-and-pop shop. They’ve been working for over 50 years,” he said.