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Glenview, IL Planning Commission Nixes Plan to Sell Puppies In The Glen.
Members of The Puppy Mill Project on Hand to Voice Their Opinions!
They were pushing for a vote against a proposed puppy store and grooming salon, "Planet Pooch," in The Glen, which is a shopping area located in Glenview, IL.
They were not disappointed. Commissioners voted it down, 4-1.
Residents were outraged at the proposal, vowing to boycott The Glen altogether if the store went in.
Several members of the The Puppy Mill Project spoke about the connection between so-called "puppy mills" and pet stores.
"Most people wouldn't deliberately buy a puppy mill puppy. But that's what they're getting when they buy from pet stores," said Amy Parker, of Deerfield, IL. "No matter what the store tells you, mass commercial breeding is the only way to supply enough puppies to meet pet store demand."
Parker added, "Cruelty to animals is just as ugly when we support it indirectly by allowing puppy stores in our communities."
The petitioner, Alex Gershbein, is also the owner of Pawsh Puppies, with one store in Chicago and another in Northbrook Court. Both stores have been the target of protests this year. The opponents, he complained, "are here telling lies about me. I hand-pick every puppy I sell. Every customer is given the name and contact information of their puppy's breeder and all my dogs are registered and have health certificates."
Gershbein may also have been referring to comments from the landlord at his Pawsh Puppies location on Halsted Street in Chicago, who came to warn the Plan Commission that Gershbein had stopped paying him rent, owed him $44,000.00, and had finally vacated the premises only that morning, after he was threatened with eviction by the Cook County Sheriff's police.
Commissioners took care to note that they based their decision to vote against this proposal strictly on the basis that Mr. Gershbein had not met the standards for a conditional use of the property.
They mentioned specifically that he had not addressed their concerns about the grooming salon and its possible interference with nearby businesses, although they listened intently to the concerns of activists and residents alike. Only Commissioner Allan Ruter voted in favor of the store.
The Puppy Mill Project is an Illinois 501(c)3 registered charity and was created in September of 2009 by Cari Meyers. The organization is a leader in the fight against puppy mills and the pet shops whose puppies originate from puppy mills. One of the organization's primary missions is educating the public about what puppy mills really are and the direct connection to the pet stores, the internet ads and the newspaper ads that sell these puppies that come from "canine hell."
The organization also supports state and federal legislation that protects dogs from the inhumane treatment they receive in puppy mills. Along with many community events they also organize demonstrations against businesses that sell puppy mill dogs. The organization's website is: www.thepuppymillproject.org
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The Puppy Mill Project is an Illinois 501(c)3 registered charity and was created in September, 2009 by Cari Meyers. The organization is a leader in the fight against puppy mills and the pet shops whose puppies originate from puppy mills.