Anyone who violates the order is liable to a fine of no more than $ 500 for each violation, or $ 500 per day for a continuing violation, the order says.
“We’re just saying more or less just, ‘We don’t really want it in town,’” Starkey said. “Again, one of the fears was that if they get kicked out of Illinois, we have a lot of big business fronts right on (US) 30 when you cross the border.
In Highland, the ordinance also prohibits the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits, but pet stores can work with animal rescue, card and adoption organizations.
“I fully support the stated goal of being against puppy mills,” Highlands Clerk-Treasurer Michael Griffin said.
Griffin warned that the new Highlands Ordinance does not specify specific penalties for violation, but Highland Town Attorney John Reed said violations of the new law could fall under the general penalties provision, which authorizes penalties of up to $ 2,500 per day.
Samantha Morton, Indiana state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said the organization has seen a lot of movement in Illinois with similar ordinances locally.
The same was not true for Hoosier State, until March, when the city of Columbus passed a humane pet food ordinance, becoming the second community to do so in Indiana, joining the St. Joseph County, which passed a similar ordinance, “several years ago,” Morton told The Times by telephone.