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Quigley Statement on French Bulldog Puppies Rescue Success

Oct 2, 2020
Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after PAWS Chicago and the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue announced that they had reached an agreement with the CDC to allow a group of rescued French bulldog puppies to remain in the United States receiving care. Quigley became involved in the French bulldog rescue process last week after being notified by a constituent about the issue. Quigley spoke with officials from the CDC and, with assistance from additional members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, exerted pressure on the Department to not force the dogs to make the life-threatening trip back to their country of origin.

In the middle of an incredibly difficult year, I am thrilled to hear the good news that this group of puppies will be staying in the U.S.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue and PAWS Chicago for everything they have done for these animals. When they were found, they were in incredibly poor health and without the dedication of the rescue and veterinarians, we may not be celebrating this good news today. Credit is also due to the officials who sounded the alarm when the dogs were being severely neglected and to the Chicago Police Department officers who intervened on the puppies’ behalf. I also want to thank my staff who worked day and night to keep these dogs safe and my Congressional colleagues who made phone calls and raised this issue with many administration officials.

As a dog lover, I’m glad I was able to play even a small role in helping reach this resolution. Ultimately, I believe these dogs have been saved primarily thanks to the public outcry against their mistreatment.

Now, we all can work together to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. That means cutting off the demand for animals from puppy mills and irresponsible breeders. I understand the desire to bring a pet into your home when so many of us are working from home, but I urge everyone to remember that a pet is a huge commitment. Whenever possible, we must adopt from local shelters, where there are always animals in need of our help. If for whatever reason, you must use a breeder, be sure that it is a reputable, domestic breeder, so we don’t risk other animals being flown into our country in risky circumstances ever again.”