Illinois becomes first state with kennel safety law protecting dogs, cats

A new law in Illinois will help protect dogs and cats staying in kennels.

Governor JB Pritzker signed the bill Wednesday in response to the January fire that killed 29 dogs in a West Chicago facility.

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A fire at D & D Kennels in DuPage County killed 29 dogs.



Kennels are now required to be staffed at all times, or owners must install a fire alarm or sprinkler system in every building where animals are housed.

Illinois is the first state in the country to pass a kennel safety law.

The owner of a West Chicago kennel has been charged with animal cruelty.
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