Posted on July 26, 2015
Raise Your Voice Against Puppy Mills by Saying, “No!” to Naperville
What in the world was Steve Chirico, the mayor of Naperville, Illinois thinking when he appointed Mike Isaac to serve on his city’s finance committee? Mr. Isaac may be a financial whiz kid, but his addition to city politics will surely perpetuate Naperville’s reputation as “the puppy mill outlet capital of America.”
Mike Isaac, puppy mills, and the AKC
When he’s not minding the store, Mike Isaac works at another business he owns called Canine Registrations, a company that works directly with the American Kennel Club (AKC) to assist with AKC registration development projects. He also spent a year serving as the AKC’s Director of Registration Development.
It makes sense that Mike Isaac’s professional life is so entwined with the AKC. There is much to be gained financially. The AKC generates tens of millions of dollars annually from puppy registrations. Sadly, it is estimated that more than 80% of this profit comes from puppy mill “merchandise”.
The AKC has a lengthy and consistent track record for speaking out against puppy mill reform legislation. This makes sense- eradication of puppy mills might just catapult the AKC into a state of financial ruin. I believe that Mike Isaac shares the AKC’s vested interest in the survival of puppy mills. I also believe that he has no place in public office anywhere within the United States.
The Naperville Petland Store
I visited the Naperville Petland Store website and found the following quote:
Our breeders are the foundation of our business. We work with both USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders who have 5 or fewer breeding mothers, and whom we have personally screened for reputable breeding practices. Most of our breeders are found right here in the Midwest, where a temperate climate is best for both the dogs and puppies.
Next, I clicked on the website’s “available puppies” icon. Ain’t no way the 70 puppies listed at the time of this writing (includes 37 different breeds along with some designer hybrids) come from the type of breeders described above. I’d bet the family farm (and my first born child) that Naperville’s “livestock” is sourced from puppy mills, same as for all the other Petland stores.
By the way Mr. Isaac, a temperate climate is one that is moderate, neither extremely hot nor cold. How in the world does this apply to the Midwest, the heartland of America’s puppy mills?
What we can do
Approval of Mike Isaac’s appointment to the Naperville Finance Committee is slated for August 11th. That means there is plenty of time for us to persuade Mayor Chirico and other city officials that Mr. Isaac’s appointment would be a mistake. You certainly don’t have to live in Naperville, or in Illinois for that matter, to speak out on this issue. The impact of puppy mills can be felt everywhere.
Here is contact information for Naperville city officials including Mayor Chirico:
- Steve Chirico – Chiricos@naperville.il.us
- Judy Brodhead – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul Hinterlong – email@example.com
- Becky Anderson – AndersonB@naperville.il.us
- Rebecca Boyd-Obarski – Boyd-Obarskir@naperville.il.us
- Patty Gustin – GustinP@naperville.il.us
- Kevin Coyne – CoyneK@naperville.il.us
- John Krummen – KrummenJ@naperville.il.us
- Kevin Gallaher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask these folks to vote against Mike Isaac’s appointment. And, while you’re at it, encourage them to follow Chicago’s lead by banning the sale of commercially bred puppies in pet stores.
Make your voice heard and win a book
Contact me after you’ve made your voice heard in Naperville, and I will enter your name into a drawing for a signed copy of Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health (your choice). Thanks for “speaking” for Spot’s in puppy mills everywhere.
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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