Carpentersville Officials Back off New Regulations for Pet Shops

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Byline: Melissa Ramsdell Daily Herald Staff Writer

Carpentersville village officials decided not to adopt a stricter set of local regulations for pet stores during Thursday night's ordinance committee meeting.

They also discussed ways to make it harder for people under 18 to buy cigarettes and ways to make is easier for the police to enforce teen smoking laws.

Village Manager Curt Carver argued against the idea of requiring pet store owners to take out a separate village license

because the Illinois Department of Agriculture already inspects them.

Instead, trustees decided to make their current cruelty to animals regulations more specific. For example, they will make it illegal to leave a pet outside in extremely hot or cold weather. The new rules also will call for "humane care and treatment" and outlaw "unhealthy, unsanitary, dangerous or offensive living conditions" for animals in town.

Trustees set fines for cruelty to animals at $50 to $750. Village attorney Bernard Paul said the village has never fined a pet-store owner in town. …