June 11, 2009

First Public Meeting to be held Monday, June 22

SPRINGFIELD, IL -   The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will hold the first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Breeders and Pet Stores on Monday, June 22 at 9am in the Artisan's Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  The Task Force was established by Senate Joint Resolution 56 (SJR 56).  The initial meeting will be open to the public. Doors will open at 8:30 am. 

SJR 56 called for the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture to appoint the Chairman and several members of the Task Force to give recommendations to the General Assembly regarding comprehensive legislative changes to the Animal Welfare Act and the Humane Care for Animals Act. The Task Force will hold a series of meetings between now and the end of the year.

The following is a list of the members appointed to the Joint Task Force on Breeders and Pet Stores:




Dr. Mark Ernst, IDOA


Springfield, IL

Jordan Matyas, HSUS

National Organization

Chicago, IL

Cori Menken, ASPCA

National Organization

North Bergen, NJ

Erika Walsh, ASA Sloughi Rescue

Animal Rescue Community

St. Charles, IL

Tom VanWinkle, Animal Care League

Shelter Community

Riverside, IL

Sally Westerhoff, Quincy Humane Society

Shelter Community

Fowler, IL

Ronald Berning, Happiness Is Pets

Pet Store Industry

Lemont, IL

Michelle Kasten, Belle City Kennel Club

Small Scale Breeding Community

O'Fallon, IL

Mary Jo Trimble, Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources

Sporting Dog Community

Carterville, IL

Dr. Steve Dullard, Ancare Veterinary Clinic, PC

Illinois Veterinarians

Mendota, IL

Christina Lee, Illinois Professional Pet Breeders Association

Large Scale Breeding Community

Norris City, IL

Future meeting times will be discussed and set at the June 22nd meeting. For more information about the Joint Task Force on Breeders and Pet Stores, you can call Jeff Williams at 217-782-9013. Written comments can be submitted to the Task Force online at
after June 18th.

It is the policy of the Illinois Department of Agriculture to comply with the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et. seq.  Any individual needing reasonable accommodation should make request in advance to Brent Eggleston at 217/524-5125 or

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