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Illinois becomes first state with kennel safety law to protect dogs and cats

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois is the first state in the country to pass a law that will help protect dogs and cats that are staying in kennels.

Governor JB Pritzker signed the bill Wednesday, August 7th, in response to the Janurary fire that killed 29 dogs in a West Chicago facility, ABC 7 reports.

Due to the new law kennels are required to be staffed at all times, or owners must install a fire alarm or sprinkler system in every building where animals are housed.

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