ILLINOIS (WEHT) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law to ensure dogs and cats that are placed in a kennel are safe at all times.
The governor says this commonsense law will protect pets from senseless tragedies and furthers the state’s commitment to animal welfare.
House Bill 3390 requires to either be staffed at all times or install a fire alarm or sprinkler system in every building where animals are housed to notify local fire departments.
It was introduced and passed after the death of 31 dogs in a West Chicago kennel fire in January 2019. Investigators say there were working smoke detectors but likely no one there to hear them.
The bill takes effect immediately.
Illinois is the first state to extend these kennel fire protections to furry family members.
This story was originally published on August 6, 2019