35 Dogs Taken From Suburban Puppy Mill, 'One of 100 Worst' in U.S.

Chicago Chapter of Companion Animal Protection Society protested at Puppy Parlor in Lisle almost every day.

Puppy Parlor in Lisle closed its doors Feb. 24.
Puppy Parlor in Lisle closed its doors Feb. 24.
Nearly three dozen dogs are in need of gentle hands and new homes after being removed from what the Humane Society of the United States recently named one of the 100 worst puppy mills in the country.

Puppy Parlor, 4707 Main St. in Lisle, closed its doors after several investigations and more than a year of daily protests by animal activists, including some from the Downers Grove-based West Suburban Humane Society.

Though primarily a pet store, it also reportedly housed "dozens of breeding dogs ... in cages stacked four high; some of the dogs appeared to have barely enough room to turn around," according to a Humane Society report.

Owner Tammy Coglianese repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, even as the Chicago Chapter of Companion Animal Protection Society marched outside the facility almost daily throughout 2013. The Illinois Department of Agriculture received at least 19 complaints about the facility in recent years. An investigation conducted as recently as September 2013 showed "no signs of mistreatment or neglect" to dogs on the property. 

"They claim we sell sick and dying puppies. Where is the proof?" reads a statement on Puppy Parlor's website. "Where are the veterinary reports stating such? Where are the pet owners that were involved?"

Almost Home Foundation, a rescue with experience in caring for puppy mill rescues, has taken in the dogs pulled from the facility after its abrupt closure February 24. Protesters thanked community members for their support, including volunteers from the West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove.

"You guys did an amazing job and were so tenacious," wrote a supporter of the protesters' efforts. "I hope all the sweet puppies will now have health and relief for a happy life with a family who will love them."

Coglianese rebutted the claims of neglect and abuse, stating that the store also helped re-home dogs for customers who are no longer able to keep or care for their pets.

"If we aren’t able to help find the right pet for a customer we happily will direct the customer to a reputable shelter," reads a statement on the website. 

Municipalities are acting in some areas to restrict these businesses.

The Chicago City Council this week will vote on an ordinance aimed at banning the sale of commercial-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. The Companion Animal & Consumer Protection Ordinance would limit the retail sale of dogs and cats from pet shops in the City of Chicago to those sourced from shelters and other humane adoption centers.

The proposal—which was introduced to City Council on Feb. 5—promotes the welfare of animals, protects consumers and is intended to save tax dollars by increasing animal adoptions and decreasing costs associated with euthanization.

Related: Pet store in Chicago area drops breeders in favor of rescue animals.

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mommy60517 March 21, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Barbara Girard-Matuszewski March 23, 2014 at 07:55 PM
To mayor Broad, the Lisle police chief and officers; where else do you turn your heads away from abuse and illegal activities. My children are taught at school to go to a police officer if they need help. I am saddened by people turning away with s "let someone else do something" attitude. Those who turned away are a sad excuse for "protect and serve".
Tara Hansen March 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM
So very very sad., bullied and than put out .. so sad
Northsider March 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Is it really bullying to call out someone who is perpetrating a crime, Tara? Wake up. The dogs are out of the back of that store and the proof is that they were being neglected. THAT IS SAD. Not someone running a kennel a puppy mill in a strip mall going out of business. What is really sad is that people breed animals for profit instead of getting a real job and making their way in this world on their own labor when millions of healthy animals are being put to sleep in shelters all across this country due to overpopulation. This store had plenty of space to work with shelters and help find homes for animals at risk for being killed at shelters, but they chose not to be a part of the solution. That is sad.
George M March 26, 2014 at 02:16 PM
It's not only sad that Tara believes that Tammy Coglianese was bullied and "put out". Does she really believe that the actual finding by many people including the county and the state, was a fabrication? There are pictures and numerous reports along with testimony from buyers of sick puppies depicting the "puppy mill". Get your head out of the clouds and open your eyes, even if you are a friend of Ms Coglianese!


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