Bill Signed into Law Mandates Microchipping Before Sale of Pets

Springfield, IL…Rep. Jerry Long was a cosponsor on a bill that was signed into law by Governor Rauner today. The law amends the Animal Welfare Act by requiring every dog dealer and cattery to microchip any animal that is for sale, as well as link their microchip to a national database.

“This is an excellent piece of legislation that promotes safe handling of animals in both rescues and pet shops,” said Rep. Long.  “Hopefully, this legislation will curb the amount of animals that end up back out on the street after adoption or purchase.”

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