Bloomingdale, IL – State Representative Jennifer Sanalitro (R – Bloomingdale) has filed the first bill of her term in the Illinois General Assembly. The bill is HB3200 and it amends the Animal Welfare Act to require dog breeders to genetically test their dogs for diseases that cause early death or physical impairments. Furthermore, the proposal prohibits the breeding of the dogs that carry genes that cause these diseases.
“As a pet owner to my beloved Lucy, I understand the importance of ensuring families and their pets have long and healthy relationships,” said Rep. Sanalitro. “It is crucial that we use technology to practice responsible breeding and set a high standard of animal welfare in Illinois.
The proposal aims to utilize genetic testing to identify the genes in dogs that cause degenerative diseases, and prohibit the breeding of dogs that carry them. The ultimate goal of the legislation is to prevent conditions from being passed on to future generations, helping to decrease the number of dogs that develop degenerative diseases, which are both painful and expensive to treat.
Rep. Sanalitro believes that this bill is an important step in protecting the health and well-being of dogs, and in providing peace of mind to families who love and care for them.
“This bill is about more than just protecting animals, it’s about protecting families and the bond they share with their pets,” said Rep. Sanalitro. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to make a positive impact on the lives our furry friends by passing this bill.”
Rep. Sanalitro is the State Representative for House District 48 which includes the communities of Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Itasca, Medinah, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Wood Dale in suburban DuPage and Cook counties.
For more information on HB3200, please contact Rep. Jennifer Sanalitro’s office at (217) 782-4014.