That’s a faster pace of growth than the typical occupation. In Illinois, the number of pet care businesses has risen steadily over the years: There were 763 in 2015, up from 478 in 2005, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales and net profit margins in the pet care industry also have been growing annually, according to Sageworks, which analyzes the finances of privately held companies. Meanwhile, lawyers for the Illinois attorney general’s office told Cook County Circuit Judge Peter Flynn last month that a settlement agreement has been drafted, but the defendants are pleading poverty, the lawyers said. Dog Collar The lawyer for the school and its owner, however, raised concerns about the state’s push to get bank records. “The principal of the business is in an advanced state of Alzheimer’s,” attorney John Landry said of Sharron Panther, the sole owner and president of the school. Her husband, Mark, does all of the cooking and cleaning at home, Landry said. The state’s lawyers cited the owner’s poor health condition as a reason to settle the case.