(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.
- 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.