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New Illinois law to protect pets and animals

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(WSIL) -- A new law in Illinois wants to protect pets and animals.

Starting next year, you or someone in your household won't be allowed to have animals if you're convicted of two or more of certain offenses.

Those include:

  • Violation of aggravated cruelty
  • Violation of animals for entertainment
  • Violation of dogfighting

St. Francis CARE tells News 3 they hope the law means law enforcement will be able to crack down on offenders.

"I just would like to see convictions and that this does make an impact. We have the laws, but we got to enforce them. So, you know, I don't understand abuse of any kind and it just makes me sick so we are going in the right direction," said St. Francis CARE President of the Board, Diane Daugherty.

The law goes into effect January 1, 2022.

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Maya Skinner

Maya Skinner is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Maya joined the team in 2019 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Mass Media.

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