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Animal Activists Call on Boone County for Puppy Mill Changes

BELVIDERE -- New legislation in Chicago has essentially banned puppy mills from the city. Now, dozens of animal rights activists say they want the same for puppy mills in the Stateline.
BELVIDERE -- New legislation in Chicago has essentially banned puppy mills from the city. Now, dozens of animal rights activists say they want the same for puppy mills in the Stateline.

"Here in Boone County, there's already been two mills uncovered in the last six months. I'm positive there's more hiding behind closed doors," Brandy Semonich told Boone County board members Wednesday night.

They're passionate cries for change by a woman who's seen Boone County puppy mills at their worst.

"It was very far from pristine with the amount of suffering animals that were there it was just sickening," said Semonich.

She has the cell phone video to back it up. Semonich capturing sights of blood and animals stacked on top of each other at Kimber Lattier's kennel in Poplar Grove.

"The Lattier's really brought me to a position where I want to advocate for animals, I want to stop mills like that from ever existing ever again," said Semonich.

Now, supporters of Angels 4 Animals are signing a petition to adopt stricter guidelines for puppy mills in Boone County.

"With the public becoming aware that these mills really do exist, and with the help of putting it out in the public eye, and making people aware, it has come to our attention that we do have a lot of support for these laws to come up for a change," said Kathy Mehalko, Angels 4 Animals Director.

The group hopes to adopt Chicago's legislation that makes it illegal for pet stores to aquire dogs cats or rabbits from mills.

And it's often dogs from puppy mills that end up here at Boone County animal services. Two types there Wednesday are the same type of breed that Kimber Lattier had at her puppy mill according to officials.

All the animals have the small shelter at capacity. That's something else Angels 4 Animals wants to change. They're advocating the county get a newer facility to deal with the influx in animals.

"Let's go back to the farming community Boone County has always been, this has never in the past included dog farming," said Semonich.

For more information on how you can get involved with Angels 4 Animals, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

If you'd like relieve the cramped quarters at Boone County animal shelter, find out how to adopt a dog by clicking here.
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