A Waukegan man has been charged with illegally breeding and selling bulldogs after an undercover officer bought one of the puppies for $1,500.
The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports 28-year-old John Bass was charged with violating a city ordinance that regulates home breeding businesses. It's intended to prevent puppy mills and similar operations.
Waukegan Police Sgt. Cory Kelly says the city's animal control department had received complaints about a resident selling puppies on Facebook and Craigslist. Kelly pretended to be an interested buyer, and he said Bass drew up paperwork for the sale. He was arrested after the officer gave him $1,500 for the puppy.
Bass and his wife said they didn't know breeding and selling the puppies was illegal.
Police say the animal control department took ownership of the puppies.