Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tribune Publishes Good Editorial on BSL

The Chicago Tribune recently ran a nice editorial about why Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is a bad idea. It also makes a good argument for HB 1247, which would place restrictions on tethering. HB 1080, which would lift the ban on BSL, is currently stalled in the process, but not yet dead. The editorial is here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dogs in Need of Rescue


These adult dogs are all in need of rescue. The first five dogs on the list are to be considered extra urgent, as they will be euthanized if no one steps up.

Please contact Stacey with Dancing and Prancing Furever at 815-994-1549 if you can step up for any of these dogs.

Need Immediate Rescue
1 male beagle-basset mix
2 male beagle-corgi mix
2 female coonhounds

Shih tzu
1 female DOB 11-04 Gold and White, good with other dogs, easygoing
1 female DOB 05-09, Gold and White, good with other dogs, a little shy
1 female, DOB, 05-09 Gold and White, good with other dogs, a little shy
1 female DOB 11-04, Gold and White, good with other dogs, easy going

1 female DOB 05-04, good with other dogs, pretty friendly, has only had one handler
1 female, DOB 05-04, good with other dogs, pretty friendly, has only had one handler
1 female, DOB 04-04, good with other dogs, pretty friendly, has only had one handler

1 female DOB 02-04, good with other dogs, friendly, a little timid around strangers
1 female DOB 04-04, good quiet dog, a little timid around strangers

Rat terriers
1 female DOB 2006 10lbs will be available in 2 weeks...weaning pups. A little shy until she gets to know you
1 male DOB 2006 10 lbs sweet and loving boy

Transport assistance may be available.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Update on Dog Bills in Illinois State Legislature

March 21, 2011

Two Dog Bills Move on to Senate Floor; Two Bills Stagnate—not Dead Yet

SB 1637, to require animal intake facilities to do their due diligence in reuniting dogs and cats with their owners prior to adopting them out or euthanizing them, has passed through the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee.
The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.

Also passed through Committee and forwarded to the full Senate for consideration is SB 1840, which would require pet shops to charge $15 per dog or cat sold, send the fee to the Department of Public Health, deposit it in the Pet Population Control Fund, and distribute it to qualified animal shelters.

HB 1247, which would place restrictions on tethering dogs, has not met prescribed deadlines to pass out of committee, and so has been automatically re-referred to the House Rules Committee.

HB 1080, which would have repealed rules against banning specific dog breeds, has met the same fate. While this is good news for those of us that oppose BSL, the bill isn’t quite dead yet. It could still be approved for consideration. But it may well be on the way to being dead, which is good news for pit bulls and their families around the state.

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Albert (pictured here) needs your help.

Emergency Situation- 3 to 4 year old Albert, is living in a kill shelter. Supposedly he is next to be put down due to capacity of the shleter. Albert is a 40 or so pound lab/shepard or lab something sweet boy that loves people and gets along with other dogs. He will be fixed and up-to-date on shots prior to adoption. If you can help, contact Marilyn: or 217-251-2032.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

No Vote Yet on Doggie Bills

Just a quick update--votes have not yet been taken on any of the dog-related bills, which means there is still the opportunity to contact your elected officials and make your views known. When the bills are scheduled for another hearing and vote, or if there are other developments, I'll let you know.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hearings Not Available Online

The Illinois State House and Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee hearings are not available online for public viewing, as previously reported. I apologize for any confusion that may have caused. As soon as I learn the outcome of the votes on doggie-related bills, I'll let you know.