Legislation sponsored by State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles), which aims to better protect pets housed at kennels, is one step closer to becoming law.
House Bill 3390 passed the Illinois Senate on Friday, May 17 and now heads to the Governor for his consideration.
HB 3390 requires pet boarding facilities that do not have 24/7 staffing to be equipped with a fire sprinkler system or a fire alarm monitoring system that triggers notification to local emergency responders.
The recent fire at a West Chicago kennel that killed several animals was heartbreaking. This legislation gives pet owners peace of mind to know that their pet is in a safe environment even when staff isnt on hand, said Sen. DeWitte. As it is now, the law requires owners to have these systems installed when they build a new facility, however, theres nothing in current statute that forces owners to install these systems if they open their business in an already existing structure.
The bill now heads to the Governor for consideration.