FullSizeRHouse Bill 2661 allows for the transport of police dog injured in the line of duty to be transported to a veterinary clinic or similar facility by emergency professionals.

This was a new law sponsored by me to protect our unsung heroes. If there are not any people in line that need to receive medical attention, our state’s police K-9’s should be able to receive the necessary precautions to save their lives so they can return to keeping our streets and communities safe.

House Bill 2661 puts stipulates in place that require persons to receive medical attention prior to a police dogs transport however, this will allow medical professionals to transport police dogs when necessary.

The average cost for the initial training for a police K-9 can cost a police authority $20,000 to $29,000. This does not account for maintenance training and general living expenses for the dog.

Senate Bill 866 requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to provide information and education on service animals to veterans.

Previously, the DVA wasn't required to provide information or resources on how a veteran might obtain a service animal.

The DVA should be a one-stop shop for our veterans. There is a stigma within the veterans’ community on using traditional treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

We haven’t been able to explore the effects of using service dogs as alternative treatments since there is a lack of awareness in the veterans’ community.

I introduced this new law after hearing about the benefits of service animals for Illinois Veterans while serving as Co-Chairman of the Illinois Veterans Suicide Task Force that formed by a measure I championed in 2014.

As co-chairman I held six hearings throughout the state to investigate the causes of veteran suicide and released a report to the General Assembly in December of 2016.

Using service dogs as treatment for PTSD could be the key component to ending the veteran suicide epidemic.

Beagle Freedom Act (SB 1884) which would require public research institutions in Illinois to have an adoption policy in place for dogs and cats used in testing rather than euthanizing them immediately.

The new law requires publicly-funded institutions to have an adoption plan for animals deemed eligible by a veterinarian before euthanasia is an option.

Safe Pets Act (Senate Bill 1882) establishes best practices and consistent regulations to protect dogs and cats throughout Illinois.

Illinois now has standards to protect the health and well-being of animals sold within the state.

The primary components of this regulatory standard for pet stores:

  • Prohibits pet stores from purchasing animals from large commercial breeders that are USDA-licensed and does not have direct non-compliance citations over a two-year period.
  • Pet stores are required to microchip dogs or cats prior to sale.
  • Requires pet stores to obtain copies of USDA inspection reports either from the USDA website (if posted online) or directly from the breeder prior to purchasing the cat or dog and must be available to consumers prior to sale.

House Bill 2897 will create a new program to allow Illinois military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression who are eligible for service dogs through a special program

The new law expands the list of eligible recipients of service dogs through the Helping Paws program to include veterans with PTSD or depression.

The Illinois Department of Corrections operates the Helping Paws Service Dog Program out of the Logan Correctional Center women’s prison. Offenders train dogs that go on to assist people who are visually impaired, use wheelchairs or have a variety of other disabilities. Dogs are provided at no charge.

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