Iroquois County Animal Control

Well as some of you know from my last post, that there is a lot of controversy going on in Iroquois County regarding Animal Control, and whether they are licensed or not to operate in the State of Illinois. According the board members from their November 14, 2017 board meeting, Iroquois County does have a license to operate Animal Conrol through Dr. Hanny. After some research online through the Illinois Department of Agriculture, I have found that Iroquois County does NOT have a license for animal control, I searched through the database of Animal Control Licenses, Approved Humane Investigators, Shelters, Dog Dealer, and Kennel licenses, and neither Animal Control or Dr. Hanny (Animal Control Administrator) has the license. Dr. Hanny however is possbily licensed to be a vet but other than that there isn’t a license. I even looked up Watseka Animal Hospital all in the same parameters and still no license. So what I can see in my opinion, Iroquois County is in violation of state statutes.

Even without the license Iroquois County Animal Control is still picking up animals, and the reason for this, someone has to do it. The Iroquois County State’s Attorney says that Iroquois County is in compliance with the current laws and statutes of Illinois. I think we need someone that is more verse is state statutes for county government instead of a criminal prosecutor.

Below are Illinois Laws pertaining to Animal Control Act, Animal Welfare Act, and Humane Care for Animals Act: You can also click the links to take you directly to the state statute of the Illinois General Assembly

ANIMALS
(510 ILCS 5/) Animal Control Act.

(510 ILCS 5/1) (from Ch. 8, par. 351)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2) (from Ch. 8, par. 352)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms specified in the Sections following this Section and preceding Section 3 have the meanings ascribed to them in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.01) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.01)
    Sec. 2.01. "Administrator" means a veterinarian licensed by the State of Illinois and appointed pursuant to this Act, or in the event a veterinarian cannot be found and appointed pursuant to this Act, a non-veterinarian may serve as Administrator under this Act. In the event the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Administrator shall defer to the veterinarian regarding all medical decisions.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.02) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.02)
    Sec. 2.02. "Animal" means every living creature, other than man, which may be affected by rabies.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.03) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.03)
    Sec. 2.03. "Animal Control Warden" means any person appointed by the Administrator to perform the duties set forth in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.03a)
    Sec. 2.03a. "Business day" means any day including holidays that the animal control facility is open to the public for animal reclaims.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.04) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.04)
    Sec. 2.04. "Board" means the county board in each county, as defined by Section 5-1004 of the Counties Code.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.04a)
    Sec. 2.04a. "Cat" means Felis catus.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.05) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.05)
    Sec. 2.05. "Confined" means restriction of an animal at all times by the owner, or his agent, to an escape-proof building, house, or other enclosure away from other animals and the public.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.05a)
    Sec. 2.05a. "Dangerous dog" means (i) any individual dog anywhere other than upon the property of the owner or custodian of the dog and unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by its owner or custodian that behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a person or a companion animal or (ii) a dog that, without justification, bites a person and does not cause serious physical injury.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.06) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.06)
    Sec. 2.06.
    "Department" means the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.07) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.07)
    Sec. 2.07. "Deputy Administrator" means a veterinarian licensed by the State of Illinois, appointed by the Administrator.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.08) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.08)
    Sec. 2.08.
    "Director" means the Director of the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois, or his duly appointed representative.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.09) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.09)
    Sec. 2.09.
    "District" means a geographic area consisting of 2 or more counties in their entirety.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.10) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.10)
    Sec. 2.10.
    "District Board" means the governing body created to act as a single unit to effectuate this Act in a District and shall consist of 3 members of the Board of each county involved.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.11) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.11)
    Sec. 2.11.
    "Dog" means all members of the family Canidae.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.11a)
    Sec. 2.11a. "Enclosure" means a fence or structure of at least 6 feet in height, forming or causing an enclosure suitable to prevent the entry of young children, and suitable to confine a vicious dog in conjunction with other measures that may be taken by the owner or keeper, such as tethering of the vicious dog within the enclosure. The enclosure shall be securely enclosed and locked and designed with secure sides, top, and bottom and shall be designed to prevent the animal from escaping from the enclosure. If the enclosure is a room within a residence, it cannot have direct ingress from or egress to the outdoors unless it leads directly to an enclosed pen and the door must be locked. A vicious dog may be allowed to move about freely within the entire residence if it is muzzled at all times.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.11b)
    Sec. 2.11b. "Feral cat" means a cat that (i) is born in the wild or is the offspring of an owned or feral cat and is not socialized, (ii) is a formerly owned cat that has been abandoned and is no longer socialized, or (iii) lives on a farm.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.11c)
    Sec. 2.11c. Intact animal. "Intact animal" means an animal that has not been spayed or neutered.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.12) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.12)
    Sec. 2.12.
    "Has been bitten" means has been seized with the teeth or jaws so that the person or animal seized has been nipped, gripped, wounded, or pierced, and further includes contact of saliva with any break or abrasion of the skin.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.12a)
    Sec. 2.12a. "Impounded" means taken into the custody of the public animal control facility in the city, town, or county where the animal is found.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.13) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.13)
    Sec. 2.13.
    "Inoculation against rabies" means the injection of an antirabies vaccine approved by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.14) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.14)
    Sec. 2.14.
    "Leash" means a cord, rope, strap, or chain which shall be securely fastened to the collar or harness of a dog or other animal and shall be of sufficient strength to keep such dog or other animal under control.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.15) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.15)
    Sec. 2.15.
    "Licensed veterinarian" means a veterinarian licensed by the State in which he engages in the practice of veterinary medicine.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.16) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.16)
    Sec. 2.16. "Owner" means any person having a right of property in an animal, or who keeps or harbors an animal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by him or her. "Owner" does not include a feral cat caretaker participating in a trap, spay/neuter, return or release program.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.17) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.17)
    Sec. 2.17. "Person" means any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, society, association or other legal entity, any public or private institution, the State of Illinois, municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State, or any other business unit.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.17a)
    Sec. 2.17a. "Peace officer" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 2-13 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.17b)
    Sec. 2.17b. "Police animal" means an animal owned or used by a law enforcement department or agency in the course of the department or agency's work.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.17c)
    Sec. 2.17c. "Potentially dangerous dog" means a dog that is unsupervised and found running at large with 3 or more other dogs.
(Source: P.A. 95-550, eff. 6-1-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.18) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.18)
    Sec. 2.18. "Pound" or "animal control facility" may be used interchangeably and mean any facility approved by the Administrator for the purpose of enforcing this Act and used as a shelter for seized, stray, homeless, abandoned, or unwanted dogs or other animals.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.18a)
    Sec. 2.18a. "Physical injury" means the impairment of physical condition.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.19) (from Ch. 8, par. 352.19)
    Sec. 2.19.
    "Registration certificate" means a printed form prescribed by the Department for the purpose of recording pertinent information as required by the Department under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.19a)
    Sec. 2.19a. "Serious physical injury" means a physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious disfigurement, protracted impairment of health, impairment of the function of any bodily organ, or plastic surgery.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/2.19b)
    Sec. 2.19b. "Vicious dog" means a dog that, without justification, attacks a person and causes serious physical injury or death or any individual dog that has been found to be a "dangerous dog" upon 3 separate occasions.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 8, par. 353)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-405)
    Sec. 3. The County Board Chairman with the consent of the County Board shall appoint an Administrator. Appointments shall be made as necessary to keep this position filled at all times. The Administrator may appoint as many Deputy Administrators and Animal Control Wardens to aid him or her as authorized by the Board. The compensation for the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens shall be fixed by the Board. The Administrator may be removed from office by the County Board Chairman, with the consent of the County Board.
    The Board shall provide necessary personnel, training, equipment, supplies, and facilities, and shall operate pounds or contract for their operation as necessary to effectuate the program. The Board may enter into contracts or agreements with persons to assist in the operation of the program and may establish a county animal population control program.
    The Board shall be empowered to utilize monies from their General Corporate Fund to effectuate the intent of this Act.
    The Board is authorized by ordinance to require the registration and may require microchipping of dogs and cats. The Board shall impose an individual dog or cat registration fee with a minimum differential of $10 for intact dogs or cats. Ten dollars of the differential shall be placed either in a county animal population control fund or in the State's Pet Population Control Fund. If the money is placed in the county animal population control fund it shall be used to (i) spay, neuter, or sterilize adopted dogs or cats or (ii) spay or neuter dogs or cats owned by low income county residents who are eligible for the Food Stamp Program. All persons selling dogs or cats or keeping registries of dogs or cats shall cooperate and provide information to the Administrator as required by Board ordinance, including sales, number of litters, and ownership of dogs and cats. If microchips are required, the microchip number may serve as the county animal control registration number.
    In obtaining information required to implement this Act, the Department shall have power to subpoena and bring before it any person in this State and to take testimony either orally or by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed by law for civil cases in courts of this State.
    The Director shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing which the Department is authorized by law to conduct, and any other oaths required or authorized in any Act administered by the Department.
    This Section does not apply to feral cats.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)     (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-405)
    Sec. 3. The County Board Chairman with the consent of the County Board shall appoint an Administrator. Appointments shall be made as necessary to keep this position filled at all times. The Administrator may appoint as many Deputy Administrators and Animal Control Wardens to aid him or her as authorized by the Board. The compensation for the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens shall be fixed by the Board. The Administrator may be removed from office by the County Board Chairman, with the consent of the County Board.
    The Board shall provide necessary personnel, training, equipment, supplies, and facilities, and shall operate pounds or contract for their operation as necessary to effectuate the program. The Board may enter into contracts or agreements with persons to assist in the operation of the program and may establish a county animal population control program.
    The Board shall be empowered to utilize monies from their General Corporate Fund to effectuate the intent of this Act.
    The Board is authorized by ordinance to require the registration and may require microchipping of dogs and cats. The Board shall impose an individual dog or cat registration fee with a minimum differential of $10 for intact dogs or cats. Ten dollars of the differential shall be placed either in a county animal population control fund or in the State's Pet Population Control Fund. All persons selling dogs or cats or keeping registries of dogs or cats shall cooperate and provide information to the Administrator as required by Board ordinance, including sales, number of litters, and ownership of dogs and cats. If microchips are required, the microchip number may serve as the county animal control registration number.
    In obtaining information required to implement this Act, the Department shall have power to subpoena and bring before it any person in this State and to take testimony either orally or by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed by law for civil cases in courts of this State.
    The Director shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing which the Department is authorized by law to conduct, and any other oaths required or authorized in any Act administered by the Department.
    This Section does not apply to feral cats.
(Source: P.A. 100-405, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/3.5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 3.5. County animal population fund use limitation. Funds from the $10 set aside of the differential under Section 3 of this Act that is placed in the county animal population control fund may only be used to (1) spay, neuter, vaccinate, or sterilize adopted dogs or cats; (2) spay, neuter, or vaccinate dogs or cats owned by low income county residents who are eligible for the Food Stamp Program or Social Security Disability Benefits Program; or (3) spay, neuter, and vaccinate feral cats in programs recognized by the county or a municipality. This Section does not apply to a county with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 100-405, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/4) (from Ch. 8, par. 354)
    Sec. 4.
    When the Boards of 2 or more counties, through mutual agreement, wish to join to effectuate any part or all of this Act, they shall make written request to the Director, setting forth the geographical area and the Sections of this Act involved. Whenever, as ascertained from investigation, hearing, or otherwise, the Director determines it is advisable that these counties form a District, he may designate and establish such District. A District Board shall be formed and shall effectuate this Act as set forth for an individual county.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/5) (from Ch. 8, par. 355)
    Sec. 5. Duties and powers.
    (a) It shall be the duty of the Administrator or the Deputy Administrator, through sterilization, humane education, rabies inoculation, stray control, impoundment, quarantine, and any other means deemed necessary, to control and prevent the spread of rabies and to exercise dog and cat overpopulation control. It shall also be the duty of the Administrator to investigate and substantiate all claims made under Section 19 of this Act.
    (b) Counties may by ordinance determine the extent of the police powers that may be exercised by the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens, which powers shall pertain only to this Act. The Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens may issue and serve citations and orders for violations of this Act. The Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens may not carry weapons unless they have been specifically authorized to carry weapons by county ordinance. Animal Control Wardens, however, may use tranquilizer guns and other nonlethal weapons and equipment without specific weapons authorization.
    A person authorized to carry firearms by county ordinance under this subsection must have completed the training course for peace officers prescribed in the Peace Officer and Probation Officer Firearm Training Act. The cost of this training shall be paid by the county.
    (c) The sheriff and all sheriff's deputies and municipal police officers shall cooperate with the Administrator and his or her representatives in carrying out the provisions of this Act.
    (d) The Administrator and animal control wardens shall aid in the enforcement of the Humane Care for Animals Act and have the ability to impound animals and apply for security posting for violation of that Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-725, eff. 1-1-15.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/7) (from Ch. 8, par. 357)
    Sec. 7.    All registration fees collected shall be remitted to the County Treasurer, who shall place the monies in an Animal Control Fund. This fund shall be set up by him for the purpose of paying costs of the Animal Control Program.
    In any county with a population under 3,000,000, all fees collected shall be used for the purpose of paying claims for loss of livestock or poultry as set forth in Section 19 of this Act and for the following purposes as established by ordinance of the County Board: funds may be utilized by local health departments or county nurse's offices for the purchase of human rabies anti-serum, human vaccine, the cost for administration of serum or vaccine, minor medical care, and for paying the cost of stray dog control, impoundment, education on animal control and rabies, and other costs incurred in carrying out the provisions of this Act or any county or municipal ordinance concurred in by the Department relating to animal control, except as set forth in Section 19. Counties of 100,000 inhabitants or more may assume self-insurance liability to pay claims for the loss of livestock or poultry.
    In any county with a population of 3,000,000 or more, all fees collected shall be used for the purpose of paying claims for loss of livestock or poultry, as set forth in Section 19 of this Act, and for the following purposes, as established by ordinance of the County Board: funds may be utilized by local health departments or county nurse's offices for the purchase of human rabies anti-serum, human vaccine, the cost for administration of serum or vaccine, minor medical care, and for paying the cost of stray dog control, impoundment, education on animal control and rabies, and other costs incurred in carrying out the provisions and enforcement of this Act or any county or municipal ordinance relating to animal control, or animal-related public health or public nuisances, except as set forth in Section 19 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-217, eff. 8-9-13.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/7.1) (from Ch. 8, par. 357.1)
    Sec. 7.1. In addition to any other fees provided for under this Act, any county may charge a reasonable fee for the pickup and disposal of dead animals from private for-profit animal hospitals. This fee shall be sufficient to cover the costs of pickup and delivery and shall be deposited in the county's animal control fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/8) (from Ch. 8, par. 358)
    Sec. 8. Rabies inoculation. Every owner of a dog 4 months or more of age shall have each dog inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Every dog shall have a second rabies vaccination within one year of the first. Terms of subsequent vaccine administration and duration of immunity must be in compliance with USDA licenses of vaccines used. A veterinarian immunizing a dog, cat, or ferret against rabies shall provide the Administrator of the county in which the dog, cat, or ferret resides with a certificate of immunization. Evidence of such rabies inoculation shall be entered on a certificate the form of which shall be approved by the Board and which shall contain the microchip number of the dog, cat, or ferret if it has one and which shall be signed by the licensed veterinarian administering the vaccine. Only one dog, cat, or ferret shall be included on each certificate. Veterinarians who inoculate a dog shall procure from the County Animal Control in the county where their office is located serially numbered tags, one to be issued with each inoculation certificate. The Board shall cause a rabies inoculation tag to be issued, at a fee established by the Board for each dog inoculated against rabies.
    Rabies vaccine for use on animals shall be sold or distributed only to and used only by licensed veterinarians. Such rabies vaccine shall be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
    If a licensed veterinarian determines in writing that a rabies inoculation would compromise an animal's health, then the animal shall be exempt from the rabies inoculation requirement, however, the owner is still responsible for the tag fees.
    If a bite occurs from an exempt animal, the exempt animal shall be treated as an unvaccinated animal. If the animal is exempt, the animal shall be re-examined by a licensed veterinarian on no less than an annual basis and be vaccinated against rabies as soon as the animal's health permits.
(Source: P.A. 99-658, eff. 7-28-16.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/9) (from Ch. 8, par. 359)
    Sec. 9. Any dog found running at large contrary to provisions of this Act may be apprehended and impounded. For this purpose, the Administrator shall utilize any existing or available animal control facility or licensed animal shelter. The dog's owner shall pay a $25 public safety fine, $20 of which shall be deposited into the Pet Population Control Fund and $5 of which shall be retained by the county or municipality. A dog found running at large contrary to the provisions of this Act a second or subsequent time must be spayed or neutered within 30 days after being reclaimed unless already spayed or neutered; failure to comply shall result in impoundment.
    A dog that is actively engaged in a legal hunting activity, including training, is not considered to be running at large if the dog is on land that is open to hunting or on land on which the person has obtained permission to hunt or to train a dog. A dog that is in a dog-friendly area or dog park is not considered to be running at large if the dog is monitored or supervised by a person.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05; 95-550, eff. 6-1-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/10) (from Ch. 8, par. 360)
    Sec. 10. Impoundment; redemption. When dogs or cats are apprehended and impounded, they must be scanned for the presence of a microchip and examined for other currently acceptable methods of identification, including, but not limited to, identification tags, tattoos, and rabies license tags. The examination for identification shall be done within 24 hours after the intake of each dog or cat. The Administrator shall make every reasonable attempt to contact the owner as defined by Section 2.16, agent, or caretaker as soon as possible. The Administrator shall give notice of not less than 7 business days to the owner, agent, or caretaker prior to disposal of the animal. Such notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the owner, agent, or caretaker. Testimony of the Administrator, or his or her authorized agent, who mails such notice shall be evidence of the receipt of such notice by the owner, agent, or caretaker of the animal. A mailed notice shall remain the primary means of owner, agent, or caretaker contact; however, the Administrator shall also attempt to contact the owner, agent, or caretaker by any other contact information, such as by telephone or email address, provided by the microchip or other method of identification found on the dog or cat. If the dog or cat has been microchipped and the primary contact listed by the chip manufacturer cannot be located or refuses to reclaim the dog or cat, an attempt shall be made to contact any secondary contacts listed by the chip manufacturer prior to adoption, transfer, or euthanization. Prior to transferring the dog or cat to another humane shelter, pet store, rescue group, or euthanization, the dog or cat shall be scanned again for the presence of a microchip and examined for other means of identification. If a second scan provides the same identifying information as the initial intake scan and the owner, agent, or caretaker has not been located or refuses to reclaim the dog or cat, the animal control facility may proceed with the adoption, transfer, or euthanization.
    In case the owner, agent, or caretaker of any impounded dog or cat desires to make redemption thereof, he or she may do so by doing the following:
        a. Presenting proof of current rabies inoculation and
    
registration, if applicable.
        b. Paying for the rabies inoculation of the dog or
    
cat and registration, if applicable.
        c. Paying the pound for the board of the dog or cat
    
for the period it was impounded.
        d. Paying into the Animal Control Fund an additional
    
impoundment fee as prescribed by the Board as a penalty for the first offense and for each subsequent offense.
        e. Paying a $25 public safety fine to be deposited
    
into the Pet Population Control Fund; the fine shall be waived if it is the dog's or cat's first impoundment and the owner, agent, or caretaker has the animal spayed or neutered within 14 days.
        f. Paying for microchipping and registration if not
    
already done.
    The payments required for redemption under this Section shall be in addition to any other penalties invoked under this Act and the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Act. An animal control agency shall assist and share information with the Director of Public Health in the collection of public safety fines.
(Source: P.A. 100-322, eff. 8-24-17.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/11) (from Ch. 8, par. 361)
    Sec. 11. When not redeemed by the owner, agent, or caretaker, a dog or cat must be scanned for a microchip. If a microchip is present, the registered owner must be notified. After contact has been made or attempted, dogs or cats deemed adoptable by the animal control facility shall be offered for adoption, or made available to a licensed humane society or rescue group. If no placement is available, it shall be humanely dispatched pursuant to the Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Act. An animal pound or animal shelter shall not adopt or release any dog or cat to anyone other than the owner unless the animal has been rendered incapable of reproduction and microchipped, or the person wishing to adopt an animal prior to the surgical procedures having been performed shall have executed a written agreement promising to have such service performed, including microchipping, within a specified period of time not to exceed 30 days. Failure to fulfill the terms of the agreement shall result in seizure and impoundment of the animal and any offspring by the animal pound or shelter, and any monies which have been deposited shall be forfeited and submitted to the Pet Population Control Fund on a yearly basis. This Act shall not prevent humane societies from engaging in activities set forth by their charters; provided, they are not inconsistent with provisions of this Act and other existing laws. No animal shelter or animal control facility shall release dogs or cats to an individual representing a rescue group, unless the group has been licensed or has a foster care permit issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture or is a representative of a not-for-profit out-of-state organization. The Department may suspend or revoke the license of any animal shelter or animal control facility that fails to comply with the requirements set forth in this Section or that fails to report its intake and euthanasia statistics each year.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05; 95-550, eff. 6-1-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/12) (from Ch. 8, par. 362)
    Sec. 12. The owner of any animal which exhibits clinical signs of rabies, whether or not the animal has been inoculated against rabies, shall immediately notify the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, and shall promptly confine the animal, or have it confined, under suitable observation, for a period of at least 10 days, unless officially authorized by the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, in writing, to release it sooner. Any animal that has had direct contact with the animal and that has not been inoculated against rabies, shall be confined as recommended by the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/13) (from Ch. 8, par. 363)
    Sec. 13. Dog or other animal bites; observation of animal.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this Section, when the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator receives information that any person has been bitten by an animal, the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, or his or her authorized representative, shall have such dog or other animal confined under the observation of a licensed veterinarian. The confinement shall be for a period of not less than 10 days from the date the bite occurred and shall continue until the animal has been examined and released from confinement by a licensed veterinarian. The Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator may permit such confinement to be reduced to a period of less than 10 days.
    (a-5) The owner, or if the owner is unavailable, an agent or caretaker of an animal documented to have bitten a person shall present the animal to a licensed veterinarian within 24 hours. A veterinarian presented with an animal documented to have bitten a person shall make a record of the clinical condition of the animal immediately. At the end of the confinement period, the animal shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian, inoculated against rabies, if eligible, and microchipped, if the dog or cat has not been already, at the expense of the owner. The veterinarian shall submit a written report listing the owner's name, address, dates of confinement, dates of examination, species, breed, description, age, sex, and microchip number of the animal to the Administrator advising him or her of the clinical condition and the final disposition of the animal on appropriate forms approved by the Department. The Administrator shall notify the person who has been bitten, and in the case of confirmed rabies in the animal, the attending physician or responsible health agency advising of the clinical condition of the animal.
    (a-10) When the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator or his or her authorized representative receives information that a person has been bitten by an animal and evidence is presented that the animal at the time the bite occurred was inoculated against rabies within the time prescribed by law, the animal may be confined in a house, or in a manner which will prohibit the animal from biting a person, if the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, or his or her authorized representative determines the confinement satisfactory. The confinement shall be for a period of not less than 10 days from the date the bite occurred and shall continue until the animal has been examined and released from confinement by a licensed veterinarian. The Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator may instruct the owner, agent, or caretaker to have the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian immediately. The Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator may permit the confinement to be reduced to a period of less than 10 days. At the end of the confinement period, the animal shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian and microchipped, if the dog or cat is not already, at the expense of the owner. The veterinarian shall submit a written report listing the owner's name, address, dates of examination, species, breed, description, age, sex, and microchip number of the animal to the Administrator advising him or her of the clinical condition and the final disposition of the animal on appropriate forms approved by the Department. The Administrator shall notify the person who has been bitten and, in case of confirmed rabies in the animal, the attending physician or responsible health agency advising of the clinical condition of the animal.
    (a-15) Any person having knowledge that any person has been bitten by an animal shall notify the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator within 24 hours.
    (a-20) It is unlawful for the owner of the animal to conceal the whereabouts, euthanize, sell, give away, or otherwise dispose of any animal known to have bitten a person, until it is examined and released from confinement by the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, or licensed veterinarian. It is unlawful for the owner of the animal to refuse or fail to immediately comply with the instructions made by the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, or his or her authorized representative. Any expense incurred in the handling of an animal under this Section and Section 12 shall be borne by the owner. The owner of a biting animal must also remit to the Department of Public Health, for deposit into the Pet Population Control Fund, a $25 public safety fine within 30 days after notice.
    (b) When a person has been bitten by a police dog that is currently vaccinated against rabies, the police dog may continue to perform its duties for the peace officer or law enforcement agency and any period of observation of the police dog may be under the supervision of a peace officer. The supervision shall consist of the dog being locked in a kennel, performing its official duties in a police vehicle, or remaining under the constant supervision of its police handler.
    (c) When a person has been bitten by a search and rescue dog that is currently vaccinated against rabies, the search and rescue dog may continue to perform its duties for the handler or owner or agency and any period of observation of the dog may be under the supervision of its handler or owner. The supervision shall consist of the dog being locked in a kennel, performing its official duties in a vehicle, or remaining under the constant supervision of its handler or owner.
    (d) Any person convicted of violating subsection (a-20) of this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for a first violation. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 99-658, eff. 7-28-16.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/14) (from Ch. 8, par. 364)
    Sec. 14.
    Whenever a case of rabies has occurred in a locality, or when the proper officials of a government unit are apprehensive of the spread of rabies, the Department shall act to prevent its spread among dogs and other animals. The Department may order:
    a. That all dogs or other animals in the locality be:
    1. Kept confined within an enclosure, or
    2. Kept muzzled and restrained by leash.
    b. That all owners or keepers of dogs or other animals take prophylactic measures as it deems necessary to prevent the spread of rabies.
    c. Other measures as may be necessary to control the spread of rabies. The Department may determine the area of the locality in which, and the period of time during which, such orders shall be effective.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 365)
    Sec. 15. (a) In order to have a dog deemed "vicious", the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, or law enforcement officer must give notice of the infraction that is the basis of the investigation to the owner, conduct a thorough investigation, interview any witnesses, including the owner, gather any existing medical records, veterinary medical records or behavioral evidence, and make a detailed report recommending a finding that the dog is a vicious dog and give the report to the State's Attorney's Office and the owner. The Administrator, State's Attorney, Director or any citizen of the county in which the dog exists may file a complaint in the circuit court in the name of the People of the State of Illinois to deem a dog to be a vicious dog. Testimony of a certified applied behaviorist, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, or another recognized expert may be relevant to the court's determination of whether the dog's behavior was justified. The petitioner must prove the dog is a vicious dog by clear and convincing evidence. The Administrator shall determine where the animal shall be confined during the pendency of the case.
    A dog may not be declared vicious if the court determines the conduct of the dog was justified because:
        (1) the threat, injury, or death was sustained by a
    
person who at the time was committing a crime or offense upon the owner or custodian of the dog, or was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises or property owned or occupied by the owner of the animal;
        (2) the injured, threatened, or killed person was
    
abusing, assaulting, or physically threatening the dog or its offspring, or has in the past abused, assaulted, or physically threatened the dog or its offspring; or
        (3) the dog was responding to pain or injury, or was
    
protecting itself, its owner, custodian, or member of its household, kennel, or offspring.
    No dog shall be deemed "vicious" if it is a professionally trained dog for law enforcement or guard duties. Vicious dogs shall not be classified in a manner that is specific as to breed.
    If the burden of proof has been met, the court shall deem the dog to be a vicious dog.
    If a dog is found to be a vicious dog, the owner shall pay a $100 public safety fine to be deposited into the Pet Population Control Fund, the dog shall be spayed or neutered within 10 days of the finding at the expense of its owner and microchipped, if not already, and the dog is subject to enclosure. If an owner fails to comply with these requirements, the animal control agency shall impound the dog and the owner shall pay a $500 fine plus impoundment fees to the animal control agency impounding the dog. The judge has the discretion to order a vicious dog be euthanized. A dog found to be a vicious dog shall not be released to the owner until the Administrator, an Animal Control Warden, or the Director approves the enclosure. No owner or keeper of a vicious dog shall sell or give away the dog without approval from the Administrator or court. Whenever an owner of a vicious dog relocates, he or she shall notify both the Administrator of County Animal Control where he or she has relocated and the Administrator of County Animal Control where he or she formerly resided.
    (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any dog which has been found to be a vicious dog unless the dog is kept in an enclosure. The only times that a vicious dog may be allowed out of the enclosure are (1) if it is necessary for the owner or keeper to obtain veterinary care for the dog, (2) in the case of an emergency or natural disaster where the dog's life is threatened, or (3) to comply with the order of a court of competent jurisdiction, provided that the dog is securely muzzled and restrained with a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length, and shall be under the direct control and supervision of the owner or keeper of the dog or muzzled in its residence.
    Any dog which has been found to be a vicious dog and which is not confined to an enclosure shall be impounded by the Administrator, an Animal Control Warden, or the law enforcement authority having jurisdiction in such area.
    If the owner of the dog has not appealed the impoundment order to the circuit court in the county in which the animal was impounded within 15 working days, the dog may be euthanized.
    Upon filing a notice of appeal, the order of euthanasia shall be automatically stayed pending the outcome of the appeal. The owner shall bear the burden of timely notification to animal control in writing.
    Guide dogs for the blind or hearing impaired, support dogs for persons with physical disabilities, accelerant detection dogs, and sentry, guard, or police-owned dogs are exempt from this Section; provided, an attack or injury to a person occurs while the dog is performing duties as expected. To qualify for exemption under this Section, each such dog shall be currently inoculated against rabies in accordance with Section 8 of this Act. It shall be the duty of the owner of such exempted dog to notify the Administrator of changes of address. In the case of a sentry or guard dog, the owner shall keep the Administrator advised of the location where such dog will be stationed. The Administrator shall provide police and fire departments with a categorized list of such exempted dogs, and shall promptly notify such departments of any address changes reported to him.
    (c) If the animal control agency has custody of the dog, the agency may file a petition with the court requesting that the owner be ordered to post security. The security must be in an amount sufficient to secure payment of all reasonable expenses expected to be incurred by the animal control agency or animal shelter in caring for and providing for the dog pending the determination. Reasonable expenses include, but are not limited to, estimated medical care and boarding of the animal for 30 days. If security has been posted in accordance with this Section, the animal control agency may draw from the security the actual costs incurred by the agency in caring for the dog.
    (d) Upon receipt of a petition, the court must set a hearing on the petition, to be conducted within 5 business days after the petition is filed. The petitioner must serve a true copy of the petition upon the defendant.
    (e) If the court orders the posting of security, the security must be posted with the clerk of the court within 5 business days after the hearing. If the person ordered to post security does not do so, the dog is forfeited by operation of law and the animal control agency must dispose of the animal through adoption or humane euthanization.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/15.1)
    Sec. 15.1. Dangerous dog determination.
    (a) After a thorough investigation including: sending, within 10 business days of the Administrator or Director becoming aware of the alleged infraction, notifications to the owner of the alleged infractions, the fact of the initiation of an investigation, and affording the owner an opportunity to meet with the Administrator or Director prior to the making of a determination; gathering of any medical or veterinary evidence; interviewing witnesses; and making a detailed written report, an animal control warden, deputy administrator, or law enforcement agent may ask the Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director, to deem a dog to be "dangerous". No dog shall be deemed a "dangerous dog" unless shown to be a dangerous dog by a preponderance of evidence. The owner shall be sent immediate notification of the determination by registered or certified mail that includes a complete description of the appeal process.
    (b) A dog shall not be declared dangerous if the Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director determines the conduct of the dog was justified because:
        (1) the threat was sustained by a person who at the
    
time was committing a crime or offense upon the owner or custodian of the dog or was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises or property occupied by the owner of the animal;
        (2) the threatened person was abusing, assaulting,
    
or physically threatening the dog or its offspring;
        (3) the injured, threatened, or killed companion
    
animal was attacking or threatening to attack the dog or its offspring; or
        (4) the dog was responding to pain or injury or was
    
protecting itself, its owner, custodian, or a member of its household, kennel, or offspring.
    (c) Testimony of a certified applied behaviorist, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, or another recognized expert may be relevant to the determination of whether the dog's behavior was justified pursuant to the provisions of this Section.
    (d) If deemed dangerous, the Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director shall order (i) the dog's owner to pay a $50 public safety fine to be deposited into the Pet Population Control Fund, (ii) the dog to be spayed or neutered within 14 days at the owner's expense and microchipped, if not already, and (iii) one or more of the following as deemed appropriate under the circumstances and necessary for the protection of the public:
        (1) evaluation of the dog by a certified applied
    
behaviorist, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, or another recognized expert in the field and completion of training or other treatment as deemed appropriate by the expert. The owner of the dog shall be responsible for all costs associated with evaluations and training ordered under this subsection; or
        (2) direct supervision by an adult 18 years of age or
    
older whenever the animal is on public premises.
    (e) The Administrator may order a dangerous dog to be muzzled whenever it is on public premises in a manner that will prevent it from biting any person or animal, but that shall not injure the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration.
    (f) Guide dogs for the blind or hearing impaired, support dogs for persons with a physical disability, and sentry, guard, or police-owned dogs are exempt from this Section; provided, an attack or injury to a person occurs while the dog is performing duties as expected. To qualify for exemption under this Section, each such dog shall be currently inoculated against rabies in accordance with Section 8 of this Act and performing duties as expected. It shall be the duty of the owner of the exempted dog to notify the Administrator of changes of address. In the case of a sentry or guard dog, the owner shall keep the Administrator advised of the location where such dog will be stationed. The Administrator shall provide police and fire departments with a categorized list of the exempted dogs, and shall promptly notify the departments of any address changes reported to him or her.
    (g) An animal control agency has the right to impound a dangerous dog if the owner fails to comply with the requirements of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/15.2)
    Sec. 15.2. Dangerous dogs; leash. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly or recklessly permit any dangerous dog to leave the premises of its owner when not under control by leash or other recognized control methods.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/15.3)
    Sec. 15.3. Dangerous dog; appeal.
    (a) The owner of a dog found to be a dangerous dog pursuant to this Act by an Administrator may file a complaint against the Administrator in the circuit court within 35 days of receipt of notification of the determination, for a de novo hearing on the determination. The proceeding shall be conducted as a civil hearing pursuant to the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Code of Civil Procedure, including the discovery provisions. After hearing both parties' evidence, the court may make a determination of dangerous dog if the Administrator meets his or her burden of proof of a preponderance of the evidence. The final order of the circuit court may be appealed pursuant to the civil appeals provisions of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules.
    (b) The owner of a dog found to be a dangerous dog pursuant to this Act by the Director may, within 14 days of receipt of notification of the determination, request an administrative hearing to appeal the determination. The administrative hearing shall be conducted pursuant to the Department of Agriculture's rules applicable to formal administrative proceedings, 8 Ill. Adm. Code Part 1, Subparts A and B. An owner desiring a hearing shall make his or her request for a hearing to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The final administrative decision of the Department may be reviewed judicially by the circuit court of the county wherein the person resides or, in the case of a corporation, the county where its registered office is located. If the plaintiff in a review proceeding is not a resident of Illinois, the venue shall be in Sangamon County. The Administrative Review Law and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted thereto, apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department hereunder.
    (c) Until the order has been reviewed and at all times during the appeal process, the owner shall comply with the requirements set forth by the Administrator, the court, or the Director.
    (d) At any time after a final order has been entered, the owner may petition the circuit court to reverse the designation of dangerous dog.
(Source: P.A. 95-550, eff. 6-1-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/15.4)
    Sec. 15.4. Potentially dangerous dog. A dog found running at large and unsupervised with 3 or more other dogs may be deemed a potentially dangerous dog by the animal control warden or administrator. Potentially dangerous dogs shall be spayed or neutered and microchipped within 14 days of reclaim. The designation of "potentially dangerous dog" shall expire 12 months after the most recent violation of this Section. Failure to comply with this Section will result in impoundment of the dog or a fine of $500.
(Source: P.A. 95-550, eff. 6-1-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/16) (from Ch. 8, par. 366)
    Sec. 16. Animal attacks or injuries. If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.
(Source: P.A. 94-819, eff. 5-31-06.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/16.5)
    Sec. 16.5. Expenses of microchipping. A clinic for microchipping companion animals of county residents should be conducted at least once a year under the direction of the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator at the animal control facility, animal shelter, or other central location within the county. The maximum amount that can be charged for microchipping an animal at this clinic shall be $15. Funds generated from this clinic shall be deposited in the county's animal control fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/17) (from Ch. 8, par. 367)
    Sec. 17. For the purpose of making inspections hereunder, the Administrator, or his or her authorized representative, or any law enforcement officer may enter upon private premises, provided that the entry shall not be made into any building that is a person's residence, to apprehend a straying dog or other animal, a dangerous or vicious dog or other animal, or an animal thought to be infected with rabies. If, after request therefor, the owner of the dog or other animal shall refuse to deliver the dog or other animal to the officer, the owner shall be in violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/18) (from Ch. 8, par. 368)
    Sec. 18. Any owner seeing his or her livestock, poultry, or equidae being injured, wounded, or killed by a dog, not accompanied by or not under the supervision of its owner, may kill such dog.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/18.1) (from Ch. 8, par. 368.1)
    Sec. 18.1. The owner or keeper of a dog is liable to a person for all damages caused by the dog pursuing, chasing, worrying, wounding, injuring, or killing any sheep, goats, cattle, horses, mules, poultry, ratites, or swine belonging to that person.
(Source: P.A. 88-600, eff. 9-1-94.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/19) (from Ch. 8, par. 369)
    Sec. 19. Any owner having livestock, poultry, or equidae killed or injured by a dog shall, according to the provisions of this Act and upon filing claim and making proper proof, be entitled to receive reimbursement for such losses from the Animal Control Fund; provided, he or she is a resident of this State and such injury or killing is reported to the Administrator within 24 hours after such injury or killing occurs, and makes affidavit stating the number of such animals or poultry killed or injured, the amount of damages and the owner of the dog causing such killing or injury, if known.
    The damages referred to in this Section shall be substantiated by the Administrator through prompt investigation and by not less than 2 witnesses. The Administrator shall determine whether the provisions of this Section have been met and shall keep a record in each case of the names of the owners of the animals or poultry, the amount of damages proven, and the number of animals or poultry killed or injured.
    The Administrator shall file a written report with the County Treasurer as to the right of an owner of livestock, poultry, or equidae to be paid out of the Animal Control Fund, and the amount of such damages claimed.
    The County Treasurer shall, on the first Monday in March of each calendar year, pay to the owner of the animals or poultry the amount of damages to which he or she is entitled. The county board, by ordinance, shall establish a schedule for damages reflecting the current market value.
    If there are funds in excess of amounts paid for such claims for damage in that portion of the Animal Control Fund set aside for this purpose, this excess shall be used for other costs of the program as set forth in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/20) (from Ch. 8, par. 370)
    Sec. 20. The payment to any owner of sheep, goats, cattle, horses, mules, swine, or poultry of monies out of the Animal Control Fund for damages resulting from loss or injury to any such animals, shall not be a bar to an action by such owner against the owner of the dog committing such injury or causing such loss for the recovery of damages therefor. The court or jury, before which such action is tried, shall ascertain from evidence what portion, if any, of the damages sought to be recovered in such action has been paid to the plaintiff in such action by the County Treasurer, and in case the plaintiff in such action recovers damages, the court shall enter judgment against the defendant, in the name of the plaintiff for the use of the county, for the amount which the plaintiff has received on account of such damages from the County Treasurer, if such recovery shall equal or exceed the amount so received by such plaintiff from the County Treasurer; and the residue of such recovery, if any there be, shall be entered in the name of the plaintiff in such action to his own use. If the amount of the recovery in such action shall not equal the amount previously paid the plaintiff on account of such damages by the County Treasurer, then the judgment shall be entered as heretofore stated for the use of the Animal Control Fund, for the full amount of such recovery. The judgment shall show on its face what portion of the judgment is to be paid to the Animal Control Fund, and what portion is to be paid to the plaintiff in such action, and the judgment when collected shall be paid over to the parties entitled thereto in their proper proportions.
(Source: P.A. 83-346.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/22) (from Ch. 8, par. 372)
    Sec. 22. The Department shall have general supervision of the administration of this Act and may make reasonable rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, for the enforcement of this Act and for the guidance of Administrators, including revoking a license issued under the Animal Welfare Act for noncompliance with any provision of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/24) (from Ch. 8, par. 374)
    Sec. 24. Nothing in this Act shall be held to limit in any manner the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to prohibit animals from running at large, nor shall anything in this Act be construed to, in any manner, limit the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to further control and regulate dogs, cats or other animals in such municipality or other political subdivision provided that no regulation or ordinance is specific to breed.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/25) (from Ch. 8, par. 375)
    Sec. 25.
    The invalidity of any Section or parts of any Section of this Act or any rule or regulation pursuant thereto shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this Act, or any rule or regulation.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/26) (from Ch. 8, par. 376)
    Sec. 26. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, any person violating or aiding in or abetting the violation of any provision of this Act, or counterfeiting or forging any certificate, permit, or tag, or making any misrepresentation in regard to any matter prescribed by this Act, or resisting, obstructing, or impeding the Administrator or any authorized officer in enforcing this Act, or refusing to produce for inoculation any dog in his possession, or who removes a tag from a dog for purposes of destroying or concealing its identity, is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense and for a subsequent offense, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    Each day a person fails to comply constitutes a separate offense. Each State's Attorney to whom the Administrator reports any violation of this Act shall cause appropriate proceedings to be instituted in the proper courts without delay and to be prosecuted in the manner provided by law.
    (b) If the owner of a vicious dog subject to enclosure:
        (1) fails to maintain or keep the dog in an enclosure
    
or fails to spay or neuter the dog within the time period prescribed; and
        (2) the dog inflicts serious physical injury upon any
    
other person or causes the death of another person; and
        (3) the attack is unprovoked in a place where such
    
person is peaceably conducting himself or herself and where such person may lawfully be;
the owner shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony, unless the owner knowingly allowed the dog to run at large or failed to take steps to keep the dog in an enclosure then the owner shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony. The penalty provided in this paragraph shall be in addition to any other criminal or civil sanction provided by law.
    (c) If the owner of a dangerous dog knowingly fails to comply with any order regarding the dog and the dog inflicts serious physical injury on a person or a companion animal, the owner shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony. If the owner of a dangerous dog knowingly fails to comply with any order regarding the dog and the dog kills a person the owner shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03; 94-639, eff. 8-22-05; 94-819, eff. 5-31-06.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/27) (from Ch. 8, par. 377)
    Sec. 27.
    Any officer failing, refusing, or neglecting to carry out the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100 for each offense.
(Source: P.A. 78-795.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/30)
    Sec. 30. Rules. The Department shall administer this Act and shall promulgate rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act. The Director may, in formulating rules pursuant to this Act, seek the advice and recommendations of humane societies and societies for the protection of animals.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)

 

    (510 ILCS 5/35)
    Sec. 35. Liability.
    (a) Any municipality or political subdivision allowing feral cat colonies and trap, sterilize, and return programs to help control cat overpopulation shall be immune from criminal liability and shall not be civilly liable, except for willful and wanton misconduct, for damages that may result from a feral cat. Any municipality or political subdivision allowing dog parks shall be immune from criminal liability and shall not be civilly liable, except for willful and wanton misconduct, for damages that may result from occurrences in the dog park.
    (b) Any veterinarian or animal shelter or animal control facility who in good faith contacts the registered owner, agent, or caretaker of a microchipped animal shall be immune from criminal liability and shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except for willful and wanton misconduct, be liable for civil damages.
    (c) Any veterinarian who sterilizes feral cats and any feral cat caretaker who traps cats for a trap, sterilize, and return program shall be immune from criminal liability and shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except for willful and wanton misconduct, be liable for civil damages.
    (d) Any animal shelter or animal control facility worker who microchips an animal shall be immune from criminal liability and shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except for willful and wanton misconduct, be liable for civil damages.
(Source: P.A. 97-240, eff. 1-1-12.)

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(225 ILCS 605/) Animal Welfare Act.

(225 ILCS 605/1) (from Ch. 8, par. 301)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Animal Welfare Act.
(Source: P.A. 78-900.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/2) (from Ch. 8, par. 302)
    Sec. 2. Definitions. As used in this Act unless the context otherwise requires:
    "Department" means the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
    "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
    "Pet shop operator" means any person who sells, offers to sell, exchange, or offers for adoption with or without charge or donation dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, or other animals customarily obtained as pets in this State. However, a person who sells only such animals that he has produced and raised shall not be considered a pet shop operator under this Act, and a veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 shall not be considered a pet shop operator under this Act.
    "Dog dealer" means any person who sells, offers to sell, exchange, or offers for adoption with or without charge or donation dogs in this State. However, a person who sells only dogs that he has produced and raised shall not be considered a dog dealer under this Act, and a veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 shall not be considered a dog dealer under this Act.
    "Secretary of Agriculture" or "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    "Person" means any person, firm, corporation, partnership, association or other legal entity, any public or private institution, the State of Illinois, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State.
    "Kennel operator" means any person who operates an establishment, other than an animal control facility, veterinary hospital, or animal shelter, where dogs or dogs and cats are maintained for boarding, training or similar purposes for a fee or compensation; or who sells, offers to sell, exchange, or offers for adoption with or without charge dogs or dogs and cats which he has produced and raised. A person who owns, has possession of, or harbors 5 or less females capable of reproduction shall not be considered a kennel operator.
    "Cattery operator" means any person who operates an establishment, other than an animal control facility or animal shelter, where cats are maintained for boarding, training or similar purposes for a fee or compensation; or who sells, offers to sell, exchange, or offers for adoption with or without charges cats which he has produced and raised. A person who owns, has possession of, or harbors 5 or less females capable of reproduction shall not be considered a cattery operator.
    "Animal control facility" means any facility operated by or under contract for the State, county, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals. "Animal control facility" also means any veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 which operates for the above mentioned purpose in addition to its customary purposes.
    "Animal shelter" means a facility operated, owned, or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, or other non-profit organization for the purpose of providing for and promoting the welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals. "Animal shelter" also means any veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 which operates for the above mentioned purpose in addition to its customary purposes.
    "Foster home" means an entity that accepts the responsibility for stewardship of animals that are the obligation of an animal shelter, not to exceed 4 animals at any given time. Permits to operate as a "foster home" shall be issued through the animal shelter.
    "Guard dog service" means an entity that, for a fee, furnishes or leases guard or sentry dogs for the protection of life or property. A person is not a guard dog service solely because he or she owns a dog and uses it to guard his or her home, business, or farmland.
    "Guard dog" means a type of dog used primarily for the purpose of defending, patrolling, or protecting property or life at a commercial establishment other than a farm. "Guard dog" does not include stock dogs used primarily for handling and controlling livestock or farm animals, nor does it include personally owned pets that also provide security.
    "Sentry dog" means a dog trained to work without supervision in a fenced facility other than a farm, and to deter or detain unauthorized persons found within the facility.
    "Probationary status" means the 12-month period following a series of violations of this Act during which any further violation shall result in an automatic 12-month suspension of licensure.
    "Owner" means any person having a right of property in an animal, who keeps or harbors an animal, who has an animal in his or her care or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by him or her. "Owner" does not include a feral cat caretaker participating in a trap, spay/neuter, return or release program.
(Source: P.A. 99-310, eff. 1-1-16.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/2.1) (from Ch. 8, par. 302.1)
    Sec. 2.1. The Department may cooperate with the Secretary of Agriculture in carrying out Public Law 89-544, entitled, "An Act to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate the transportation, sale, and handling of dogs, cats, and certain other animals intended to be used for purposes of research or experimentation, and for other purposes", and the rules and regulations issued by the Secretary under that Act. The Director may promulgate regulations to facilitate the cooperation, and to avoid any unnecessary duplication or any conflict of activities by the Department and the Secretary in regulating the activities or areas covered by this Act and Public Law 89-544. The regulations may be in addition to other regulations authorized by this Act.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3079.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/2.2) (from Ch. 8, par. 302.2)
    Sec. 2.2. No dog dealer, kennel operator, or cattery operator shall separate a puppy or kitten from its mother, for the purpose of sale, until such puppy or kitten has attained the age of 8 weeks.
    All licensees under this Act shall maintain records of the origin and sale of all dogs, and such records shall be made available for inspection by the Secretary or the Department upon demand. Such records must contain proof in proper form of purebreds and their pedigree, and evidence of such proof must be provided to any person acquiring a dog from a licensee under this Act. In addition, guard dog services shall be required to maintain records of transfer of ownership, death, or disappearance of a guard dog or sentry dog used by that guard dog service.
(Source: P.A. 89-178, eff. 7-19-95.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3) (from Ch. 8, par. 303)
    Sec. 3. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section, no person shall engage in business as a pet shop operator, dog dealer, kennel operator, cattery operator, or operate a guard dog service, an animal control facility or animal shelter or any combination thereof, in this State without a license therefor issued by the Department. Only one license shall be required for any combination of businesses at one location, except that a separate license shall be required to operate a guard dog service. Guard dog services that are located outside this State but provide services within this State are required to obtain a license from the Department. Out-of-state guard dog services are required to comply with the requirements of this Act with regard to guard dogs and sentry dogs transported to or used within this State.
    (b) This Act does not apply to a private detective agency or private security agency licensed under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 that provides guard dog or canine odor detection services and does not otherwise operate a kennel for hire.
(Source: P.A. 95-613, eff. 9-11-07.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.1) (from Ch. 8, par. 303.1)
    Sec. 3.1. Information on dogs and cats for sale by a dog dealer or cattery operator. Every dog dealer and cattery operator shall provide the following information for every dog or cat available for sale:
        (a) The age, sex, and weight of the animal.
        (b) The breed of the animal.
        (c) A record of vaccinations and veterinary care and
    
treatment.
        (d) A record of surgical sterilization or lack of
    
surgical sterilization.
        (e) The name and address of the breeder of the animal.
        (f) The name and address of any other person who
    
owned or harbored the animal between its birth and the point of sale.
        (g) Documentation that indicates that the dog or cat
    
has been microchipped and the microchip has been enrolled in a nationally searchable database.
(Source: P.A. 100-322, eff. 8-24-17.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.2)
    Sec. 3.2. Foster homes. A person shall not operate a foster home without first obtaining a permit from the animal shelter for which that person will operate the foster home. Upon application and payment of the required fees by the animal shelter, the Department shall issue foster home permits to the animal shelter. The animal shelter shall be responsible for the records and have all the obligations of stewardship for animals in the foster homes to which it issues permits.
    Foster homes shall provide the care for animals required by this Act and shall report any deviation that might affect the status of the license or permit to the animal shelter.
    A foster home shall not care for more than 4 animals at any one time.
(Source: P.A. 89-178, eff. 7-19-95.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.3)
    Sec. 3.3. Adoption of dogs and cats.
    (a) An animal shelter or animal control facility shall not adopt out any dog or cat unless it has been sterilized and microchipped. However, an animal shelter or animal control facility may adopt out a dog or cat that has not been sterilized and microchipped if:
        (1) the adopting owner has executed a written
    
agreement agreeing to have sterilizing and microchipping procedures performed on the animal to be adopted within a specified period of time not to exceed 30 days after the date of the adoption, or
        (2) the adopting owner has executed a written
    
agreement to have sterilizing and microchipping procedures performed within 14 days after a licensed veterinarian certifies the dog or cat is healthy enough for sterilizing and microchipping procedures, and a licensed veterinarian has certified that the dog or cat is too sick or injured to be sterilized or it would be detrimental to the health of the dog or cat to be sterilized or microchipped at the time of the adoption.
    (b) An animal shelter or animal control facility may adopt out any dog or cat that is not free of disease, injury, or abnormality if the disease, injury, or abnormality is disclosed in writing to the adopter, and the animal shelter or animal control facility allows the adopter to return the animal to the animal shelter or animal control facility.
    (c) The requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this Section do not apply to adoptions subject to Section 11 of the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-314, eff. 8-11-09.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.4)
    Sec. 3.4. Transfer of animals between shelters. An animal shelter or animal control facility may not release any animal to an individual representing an animal shelter, unless (1) the recipient animal shelter has been licensed or has a foster care permit issued by the Department or (2) the individual is a representative of a not-for-profit, out-of-State organization who is transferring the animal out of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 99-310, eff. 1-1-16.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.5)
    Sec. 3.5. Information on dogs and cats available for adoption by an animal shelter or animal control facility.
    (a) An animal shelter or animal control facility must provide to the adopter prior to the time of adoption the following information, to the best of its knowledge, on any dog or cat being offered for adoption:
        (1) The breed, age, date of birth, sex, and color of
    
the dog or cat if known, or if unknown, the animal shelter or animal control facility shall estimate to the best of its ability.
        (2) The details of any inoculation or medical
    
treatment that the dog or cat received while under the possession of the animal shelter or animal control facility.
        (3) The adoption fee and any additional fees or
    
charges.
        (4) If the dog or cat was returned by an adopter,
    
then the date and reason for the return.
        (5) The following written statement: "A copy of our
    
policy regarding warranties, refunds, or returns is available upon request.".
        (6) The license number of the animal shelter or
    
animal control facility issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
    (b) The information required in subsection (a) shall be provided to the adopter in written form by the animal shelter or animal control facility and shall have an acknowledgement of disclosures form, which must be signed by the adopter and an authorized representative of the animal shelter or animal control facility at the time of the adoption. The acknowledgement of disclosures form shall include the following:
        (1) A blank space for the dated signature and printed
    
name of the authorized representative handling the adoption on behalf of the animal shelter or animal control facility, which shall be immediately beneath the following printed statement: "I hereby attest that all of the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.".
        (2) A blank space for the dated signature and printed
    
name of the adopter, which shall be immediately beneath the following statement: "I hereby attest that this disclosure was posted on or near the cage of the dog or cat for adoption and that I have read all the disclosures. I further understand that I am entitled to keep a signed copy of this disclosure.".
    (c) A copy of the disclosures and the signed acknowledgement of disclosures form shall be provided to the adopter and the original copy shall be maintained by the animal shelter or animal control facility for a period of 2 years from the date of adoption. A copy of the animal shelter's or animal control facility's policy regarding warranties, refunds, or returns shall be provided to the adopter.
    (d) An animal shelter or animal control facility shall post in a conspicuous place in writing on or near the cage of any dog or cat available for adoption the information required by subsection (a) of this Section 3.5.
(Source: P.A. 96-1470, eff. 1-1-11.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.6)
    Sec. 3.6. Acceptance of stray dogs and cats.
    (a) No animal shelter may accept a stray dog or cat unless the animal is reported by the shelter to the animal control or law enforcement of the county in which the animal is found by the next business day. An animal shelter may accept animals from: (1) the owner of the animal where the owner signs a relinquishment form which states he or she is the owner of the animal; (2) an animal shelter licensed under this Act; or (3) an out-of-state animal control facility, rescue group, or animal shelter that is duly licensed in their state or is a not-for-profit organization.
    (b) When stray dogs and cats are accepted by an animal shelter, they must be scanned for the presence of a microchip and examined for other currently-acceptable methods of identification, including, but not limited to, identification tags, tattoos, and rabies license tags. The examination for identification shall be done within 24 hours after the intake of each dog or cat. The animal shelter shall notify the owner and transfer any dog with an identified owner to the animal control or law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which it was found or the local animal control agency for redemption.
    (c) If no transfer can occur, the animal shelter shall make every reasonable attempt to contact the owner, agent, or caretaker as soon as possible. The animal shelter shall give notice of not less than 7 business days to the owner, agent, or caretaker prior to disposal of the animal. The notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the owner, agent, or caretaker. Testimony of the animal shelter, or its authorized agent, who mails the notice shall be evidence of the receipt of the notice by the owner, agent, or caretaker of the animal. A mailed notice shall remain the primary means of owner, agent, or caretaker contact; however, the animal shelter shall also attempt to contact the owner, agent, or caretaker by any other contact information, such as by telephone or email address, provided by the microchip or other method of identification found on the dog or cat. If the dog or cat has been microchipped and the primary contact listed by the chip manufacturer cannot be located or refuses to reclaim the dog or cat, an attempt shall be made to contact any secondary contacts listed by the chip manufacturer prior to adoption, transfer, or euthanization. Prior to transferring any stray dog or cat to another humane shelter, pet store, rescue group, or euthanization, the dog or cat shall be scanned again for the presence of a microchip and examined for other means of identification. If a second scan provides the same identifying information as the initial intake scan and the owner, agent, or caretaker has not been located or refuses to reclaim the dog or cat, the animal shelter may proceed with adoption, transfer, or euthanization.
    (d) When stray dogs and cats are accepted by an animal shelter and no owner can be identified, the shelter shall hold the animal for the period specified in local ordinance prior to adoption, transfer, or euthanasia. The animal shelter shall allow access to the public to view the animals housed there. If a dog is identified by an owner who desires to make redemption of it, the dog shall be transferred to the local animal control for redemption. If no transfer can occur, the animal shelter shall proceed pursuant to Section 3.7. Upon lapse of the hold period specified in local ordinance and no owner can be identified, ownership of the animal, by operation of law, transfers to the shelter that has custody of the animal.
    (e) No representative of an animal shelter may enter private property and remove an animal without permission from the property owner and animal owner, nor can any representative of an animal shelter direct another individual to enter private property and remove an animal unless that individual is an approved humane investigator (approved by the Department) operating pursuant to the provisions of the Humane Care for Animals Act.
    (f) Nothing in this Section limits an animal shelter and an animal control facility who, through mutual agreement, wish to enter into an agreement for animal control, boarding, holding, or other services provided that the agreement requires parties adhere to the provisions of the Animal Control Act, the Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Act, and the Humane Care for Animals Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-310, eff. 1-1-16; 100-322, eff. 8-24-17.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.7)
    Sec. 3.7. Redemption of stray dogs and cats from animal shelters. Any owner, agent, or caretaker wishing to make redemption of a dog or cat held by a shelter under the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 3.6 of this Act may do so by doing the following:
        (1) paying the shelter for the board of the dog or
    
cat for the period the shelter was in possession of the animal; the daily boarding rate shall not exceed the daily boarding rate of the animal control agency in the jurisdiction in which the shelter is located; and
        (2) paying the shelter for reasonable costs of
    
veterinary care, if applicable.
    The shelter has the option to waive any fees or veterinary costs.
(Source: P.A. 99-310, eff. 1-1-16.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.8)
    Sec. 3.8. Sourcing of dogs and cats sold by pet shops.
    (a) A pet shop operator may not obtain a dog or cat for resale or sell or offer for sale any dog or cat obtained from a person who is required to be licensed by the pet dealer regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture under the federal Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) if any of the following applies to the original breeder:
        (1) The person is not currently licensed by the
    
United States Department of Agriculture under the federal Animal Welfare Act.
        (2) During the 2-year period before the day the dog
    
or cat is received by the pet shop, the person received a direct or critical non-compliant citation on a final inspection report from the United States Department of Agriculture under the federal Animal Welfare Act.
        (3) During the 2-year period before the day the dog
    
or cat is received by the pet shop, the person received 3 or more non-compliant citations on a final inspection report from the United States Department of Agriculture for violations relating to the health or welfare of the animal and the violations were not administrative in nature.
        (4) The person received a no-access violation on each
    
of the 3 most recent final inspection reports from the United States Department of Agriculture.
    (b) A pet shop operator is presumed to have acted in good faith and to have satisfied its obligation to ascertain whether a person meets the criteria described in subsection (a) of this Section if, when placing an order to obtain a dog or cat for sale or resale, the pet shop operator conducts a search for inspection reports that are readily available of the breeder on the Animal Care Information System online search tool maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture. If inspection reports are not readily available on the United States Department of Agriculture website, the pet shop operator must obtain the inspection reports from the person or persons required to meet the criteria described in subsection (a) of this Section.
    (c) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of this Section, a pet shop operator may obtain a dog or cat for resale or sell or offer for sale any dog or cat obtained from: (1) a person that sells dogs only he or she has produced and raised and who is not required to be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, (2) a publicly operated pound or a private non-profit humane society or rescue, or (3) an animal adoption event conducted by a pound or humane society.
    (d) A pet shop operator shall maintain records verifying its compliance with this Section for 2 years after obtaining the dog or cat to be sold or offered for sale. Records maintained pursuant to this subsection (d) shall be open to inspection on request by a Department of Agriculture inspector.
(Source: P.A. 100-322, eff. 8-24-17.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/3.15)
    Sec. 3.15. Disclosures for dogs and cats being sold by pet shops.
    (a) Prior to the time of sale, every pet shop operator must, to the best of his or her knowledge, provide to the consumer the following information on any dog or cat being offered for sale:
        (1) The retail price of the dog or cat, including any
    
additional fees or charges.
        (2) The breed, age, date of birth, sex, and color of
    
the dog or cat.
        (3) The date and description of any inoculation or
    
medical treatment that the dog or cat received while under the possession of the pet shop operator.
        (4) The name and business address of both the dog or
    
cat breeder and the facility where the dog or cat was born. If the dog or cat breeder is located in the State, then the breeder's license number. If the dog or cat breeder also holds a license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, the breeder's federal license number.
        (5) (Blank).
        (6) If eligible for registration with a pedigree
    
registry, then the name and registration numbers of the sire and dam and the address of the pedigree registry where the sire and dam are registered.
        (7) If the dog or cat was returned by a customer,
    
then the date and reason for the return.
        (8) A copy of the pet shop's policy regarding
    
warranties, refunds, or returns and an explanation of the remedy under subsections (f) through (m) of this Section in addition to any other remedies available at law.
        (9) The pet shop operator's license number issued by
    
the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
        (10) Disclosure that the dog or cat has been
    
microchipped and the microchip has been enrolled in a nationally searchable database. Pet stores must also disclose that the purchaser has the option to list the pet store as a secondary contact on the microchip.
    (a-5) All dogs and cats shall be microchipped by a pet shop operator prior to sale.
    (b) The information required in subsection (a) shall be provided to the customer in written form by the pet shop operator and shall have an acknowledgement of disclosures form, which must be signed by the customer and the pet shop operator at the time of sale. The acknowledgement of disclosures form shall include the following:
        (1) A blank space for the dated signature and printed
    
name of the pet shop operator, which shall be immediately beneath the following statement: "I hereby attest that all of the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.".
        (2) A blank space for the customer to sign and print
    
his or her name and the date, which shall be immediately beneath the following statement: "I hereby attest that this disclosure was posted on or near the cage of the dog or cat for sale and that I have read all of the disclosures. I further understand that I am entitled to keep a signed copy of this disclosure.".
    (c) A copy of the disclosures and the signed acknowledgement of disclosures form shall be provided to the customer at the time of sale and the original copy shall be maintained by the pet shop operator for a period of 2 years from the date of sale. A copy of the pet store operator's policy regarding warranties, refunds, or returns shall be provided to the customer.
    (d) A pet shop operator shall post in a conspicuous place in writing on or near the cage of any dog or cat available for sale the information required by subsection (a) of this Section 3.15.
    (e) If there is an outbreak of distemper, parvovirus, or any other contagious and potentially life-threatening disease, the pet shop operator shall notify the Department immediately upon becoming aware of the disease. If the Department issues a quarantine, the pet shop operator shall notify, in writing and within 2 business days of the quarantine, each customer who purchased a dog or cat during the 2-week period prior to the outbreak and quarantine.
    (f) A customer who purchased a dog or cat from a pet shop is entitled to a remedy under this Section if:
        (1) within 21 days after the date of sale, a licensed
    
veterinarian states in writing that at the time of sale (A) the dog or cat was unfit for purchase due to illness or disease, the presence of symptoms of a contagious or infectious disease, or obvious signs of severe parasitism that are extreme enough to influence the general health of the animal, excluding fleas or ticks, or (B) the dog or cat has died from a disease that existed in the dog or cat on or before the date of delivery to the customer; or
        (2) within one year after the date of sale, a
    
licensed veterinarian states in writing that the dog or cat possesses a congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the dog or cat or requires either hospitalization or a non-elective surgical procedure or has died of a congenital or hereditary condition. Internal or external parasites may not be considered to adversely affect the health of the dog unless the presence of the parasites makes the dog or cat clinically ill. The veterinarian's statement shall include:
            (A) the customer's name and address;
            (B) a statement that the veterinarian examined
        
the dog or cat;
            (C) the date or dates that the dog or cat was
        
examined;
            (D) the breed and age of the dog or cat, if known;
            (E) a statement that the dog or cat has or had a
        
disease, illness, or congenital or hereditary condition that is subject to remedy; and
            (F) the findings of the examination or necropsy,
        
including any lab results or copies of the results.
    (g) A customer entitled to a remedy under subsection (f) of this Section may:
        (1) return the dog or cat to the pet shop for a full
    
refund of the purchase price;
        (2) exchange the dog or cat for another dog or cat of
    
comparable value chosen by the customer;
        (3) retain the dog or cat and be reimbursed for
    
reasonable veterinary fees for diagnosis and treatment of the dog or cat, not to exceed the purchase price of the dog or cat; or
        (4) if the dog or cat is deceased, be reimbursed for
    
the full purchase price of the dog or cat plus reasonable veterinary fees associated with the diagnosis and treatment of the dog or cat, not to exceed one times the purchase price of the dog or cat.
    For the purposes of this subsection (g), veterinary fees shall be considered reasonable if (i) the services provided are appropriate for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, illness, or congenital or hereditary condition and (ii) the cost of the services is comparable to that charged for similar services by other licensed veterinarians located in close proximity to the treating veterinarian.
    (h) Unless the pet shop contests a reimbursement required under subsection (g) of this Section, the reimbursement shall be made to the customer no later than 10 business days after the pet shop operator receives the veterinarian's statement under subsection (f) of this Section.
    (i) To obtain a remedy under this Section, a customer shall:
        (1) notify the pet shop as soon as reasonably
    
possible and not to exceed 3 business days after a diagnosis by a licensed veterinarian of a disease, illness, or congenital or hereditary condition of the dog or cat for which the customer is seeking a remedy;
        (2) provide to the pet shop a written statement
    
provided for under subsection (f) of this Section by a licensed veterinarian within 5 business days after a diagnosis by the veterinarian;
        (3) upon request of the pet shop, take the dog or cat
    
for an examination by a second licensed veterinarian; the customer may either choose the second licensed veterinarian or allow the pet shop to choose the second veterinarian, if the pet shop agrees to do so. The party choosing the second veterinarian shall assume the cost of the resulting examination; and
        (4) if the customer requests a reimbursement of
    
veterinary fees, provide to the pet shop an itemized bill for the disease, illness, or congenital or hereditary condition of the dog or cat for which the customer is seeking a remedy.
    (j) A customer is not entitled to a remedy under this Section if:
        (1) the illness or death resulted from: (A)
    
maltreatment or neglect by the customer; (B) an injury sustained after the delivery of the dog or cat to the customer; or (C) an illness or disease contracted after the delivery of the dog or cat to the customer;
        (2) the customer does not carry out the recommended
    
treatment prescribed by the veterinarian who made the diagnosis; or
        (3) the customer does not return to the pet shop all
    
documents provided to register the dog or cat, unless the documents have already been sent to the registry organization.
    (k) A pet shop may contest a remedy under this Section by having the dog or cat examined by a second licensed veterinarian pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (i) of this Section if the dog or cat is still living. If the dog or cat is deceased, the pet shop may choose to have the second veterinarian review any records provided by the veterinarian who examined or treated the dog or cat for the customer before its death.
    If the customer and the pet shop have not reached an agreement within 10 business days after the examination of the medical records and the dog or cat, if alive, or the dog's or cat's medical records, if deceased, by the second veterinarian, then:
        (1) the customer may bring suit in a court of
    
competent jurisdiction to resolve the dispute; or
        (2) if the customer and the pet shop agree in
    
writing, the parties may submit the dispute to binding arbitration.
    If the court or arbiter finds that either party acted in bad faith in seeking or denying the requested remedy, then the offending party may be required to pay reasonable attorney's fees and court costs of the adverse party.
    (l) This Section shall not apply to any adoption of dogs or cats, including those in which a pet shop or other organization rents or donates space to facilitate the adoption.
    (m) If a pet shop offers its own warranty on a pet, a customer may choose to waive the remedies provided under subsection (f) of this Section in favor of choosing the warranty provided by the pet shop. If a customer waives the rights provided by subsection (f), the only remedies available to the customer are those provided by the pet shop's warranty. For the statement to be an effective waiver of the customer's right to refund or exchange the animal under subsection (f), the pet shop must provide, in writing, a statement of the remedy under subsection (f) that the customer is waiving as well as a written copy of the pet shop's warranty. For the statement to be an effective waiver of the customer's right to refund or exchange the animal under subsection (f), it shall be substantially similar to the following language:
        "I have agreed to accept the warranty provided by the
    
pet shop in lieu of the remedies under subsection (f) of Section 3.15 of the Animal Welfare Act. I have received a copy of the pet shop's warranty and a statement of the remedies provided under subsection (f) of Section 3.15 of the Animal Welfare Act. This is a waiver pursuant to subsection (m) of Section 3.15 of the Animal Welfare Act whereby I, the customer, relinquish any and all right to return the animal for congenital and hereditary disorders provided by subsection (f) of Section 3.15 of the Animal Welfare Act. I agree that my exclusive remedy is the warranty provided by the pet shop at the time of sale.".
(Source: P.A. 100-322, eff. 8-24-17.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/4)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 4. Applicant convictions.
    (a) The Department shall not require applicants to report the following information and shall not consider the following in connection with an application for a license under this Act:
        (1) Juvenile adjudications of delinquent minors as
    
defined in Section 5-105 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 5-130 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (2) Law enforcement records, court records, and
    
conviction records of an individual who was 17 years old at the time of the offense and before January 1, 2014, unless the nature of the offense required the individual to be tried as an adult.
        (3) Records of arrest not followed by a conviction.
        (4) Convictions overturned by a higher court.
        (5) Convictions or arrests that have been sealed or
    
expunged.
    (b) The Department, upon a finding that an applicant for a license was previously convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession, shall consider any evidence of rehabilitation and mitigating factors contained in the applicant's record, including any of the following factors and evidence, to determine if the conviction will impair the ability of the applicant to engage in the position for which a license is sought:
        (1) the lack of direct relation of the offense for
    
which the applicant was previously convicted to the duties, functions, and responsibilities of the position for which a license is sought;
        (2) whether 5 years since a felony conviction or 3
    
years since release from confinement for the conviction, whichever is later, have passed without a subsequent conviction;
        (3) if the applicant was previously licensed or
    
employed in this State or other states or jurisdictions, then the lack of prior misconduct arising from or related to the licensed position or position of employment;
        (4) the age of the person at the time of the criminal
    
offense;
        (5) successful completion of sentence and, for
    
applicants serving a term of parole or probation, a progress report provided by the applicant's probation or parole officer that documents the applicant's compliance with conditions of supervision;
        (6) evidence of the applicant's present fitness and
    
professional character;
        (7) evidence of rehabilitation or rehabilitative
    
effort during or after incarceration, or during or after a term of supervision, including, but not limited to, a certificate of good conduct under Section 5-5.5-25 of the Unified Code of Corrections or a certificate of relief from disabilities under Section 5-5.5-10 of the Unified Code of Corrections; and
        (8) any other mitigating factors that contribute to
    
the person's potential and current ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position for which a license or employment is sought.
    (c) If the Department refuses to grant a license to an applicant, then the Department shall notify the applicant of the denial in writing with the following included in the notice of denial:
        (1) a statement about the decision to refuse to issue
    
a license;
        (2) a list of the convictions that the Department
    
determined will impair the applicant's ability to engage in the position for which a license is sought;
        (3) a list of convictions that formed the sole or
    
partial basis for the refusal to issue a license; and
        (4) a summary of the appeal process or the earliest
    
the applicant may reapply for a license, whichever is applicable.
    (d) No later than May 1 of each year, the Department must prepare, publicly announce, and publish a report of summary statistical information relating to new and renewal license applications during the preceding calendar year. Each report shall show, at a minimum:
        (1) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
license under this Act within the previous calendar year;
        (2) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
license under this Act within the previous calendar year who had any criminal conviction;
        (3) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
license under this Act in the previous calendar year who were granted a license;
        (4) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
license with a criminal conviction who were granted a license under this Act within the previous calendar year;
        (5) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
license under this Act within the previous calendar year who were denied a license;
        (6) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
license with a criminal conviction who were denied a license under this Act in the previous calendar year in whole or in part because of a prior conviction;
        (7) the number of licenses issued on probation
    
without monitoring under this Act in the previous calendar year to applicants with convictions; and
        (8) the number of licenses issued on probation with
    
monitoring under this Act in the previous calendar year to applicants with convictions.
(Source: P.A. 100-286, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/5) (from Ch. 8, par. 305)
    Sec. 5. Applications by individuals for original licenses shall be made to the Department, shall be in writing on forms prescribed by the Department and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which shall not be returnable. Any such application shall require such information as in the judgment of the Department will enable the Department to pass on the qualifications of the applicant for a license. It shall include, but need not be limited to information concerning age, citizenship, present residence, location of the business licensed under this Act, including the location of all foster homes, description of facilities to be used, present and previous business connections and experience, bank and professional references, whether any license of the applicant under this Act or any federal, state, county or local law, ordinance or regulation, relating to dealing in or handling dogs or cats, ever was suspended or revoked and whether the applicant ever has been convicted of a felony. Such felony conviction may be taken into consideration by the Department in determining qualifications for licensing but shall not operate as a bar to licensing.
(Source: P.A. 89-178, eff. 7-19-95.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/6) (from Ch. 8, par. 306)
    Sec. 6. Applications by partnerships or corporations for original licenses shall be made to the Department, shall be in writing on forms prescribed by the Department and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which shall not be returnable. Any such application shall list, but need not be limited to, the name of each partner, if a partnership, each director and officer, if a corporation, its address, its financial resources, and shall indicate and list the partners, directors or officers, as the case may be, or other persons authorized to represent or act for it under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 81-198.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Termination of application; forfeiture of license fee. Failure of any applicant to meet all of the requirements for compliance within 60 days of receipt of a license application shall result in termination of the application and forfeiture of the license fee.
(Source: P.A. 90-385, eff. 8-15-97; 90-403, eff. 8-15-97.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/7) (from Ch. 8, par. 307)
    Sec. 7. Applications for renewal licenses shall be made to the Department, shall be in writing on forms prescribed by the Department, shall contain such information as will enable the Department to determine if the applicant is qualified to continue to hold a license and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which shall not be returnable.
(Source: P.A. 81-198.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/8) (from Ch. 8, par. 308)
    Sec. 8. Each non-resident applicant for an original license or renewal license, except a foreign corporation, shall file with the Department an irrevocable consent that actions against the applicant may be filed in any appropriate court of any county or municipality of this State in which the plaintiff resides or in which some part of the transaction occurred out of which the alleged cause of action arose and that process in any action may be served on the applicant by leaving 2 copies thereof with the Director. Such consent shall stipulate and agree that such service of process shall be taken and held to be valid and binding for all purposes. The Director shall send forthwith one copy of such process to the applicant at the address shown on the records of the Department by registered mail. No foreign corporation shall receive a license under this Act until it has been authorized to do business in this State by the Secretary of State.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2956.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/9) (from Ch. 8, par. 309)
    Sec. 9. Each license shall be issued for the term of one fiscal year or for such part thereof as remains at the time of the issuance of the license. Each license shall be renewed during the month of June of each year. Each license not renewed during June of each year shall expire on June 30 of that year.
    A license must be prominently displayed at each place of business of the licensee. Where the licensee conducts business at more than one address, branch office licenses shall be issued on payment of the required fee.
    Each license shall be signed by the Director of the Department and shall be issued under the seal of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 79-997.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/10) (from Ch. 8, par. 310)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-286)
    Sec. 10. Grounds for discipline. The Department may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend or revoke a license on any one or more of the following grounds:
        a. material misstatement in the application for
    
original license or in the application for any renewal license under this Act;
        b. a violation of this Act or of any regulations or
    
rules issued pursuant thereto;
        c. aiding or abetting another in the violation of
    
this Act or of any regulation or rule issued pursuant thereto;
        d. allowing one's license under this Act to be used
    
by an unlicensed person;
        e. conviction of any crime an essential element of
    
which is misstatement, fraud or dishonesty or conviction of any felony, if the Department determines, after investigation, that such person has not been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust;
        f. conviction of a violation of any law of Illinois
    
except minor violations such as traffic violations and violations not related to the disposition of dogs, cats and other animals or any rule or regulation of the Department relating to dogs or cats and sale thereof;
        g. making substantial misrepresentations or false
    
promises of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce in connection with the business of a licensee under this Act;
        h. pursuing a continued course of misrepresentation
    
of or making false promises through advertising, salesman, agents or otherwise in connection with the business of a licensee under this Act;
        i. failure to possess the necessary qualifications or
    
to meet the requirements of the Act for the issuance or holding a license; or
        j. proof that the licensee is guilty of gross
    
negligence, incompetency, or cruelty with regard to animals.
    The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend the license of any person who fails to file a return, or to pay the tax, penalty or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied.
    The Department may order any licensee to cease operation for a period not to exceed 72 hours to correct deficiencies in order to meet licensing requirements.
    If the Department revokes a license under this Act at an administrative hearing, the licensee and any individuals associated with that license shall be prohibited from applying for or obtaining a license under this Act for a minimum of 3 years.
(Source: P.A. 99-310, eff. 1-1-16.)     (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-286)
    Sec. 10. Grounds for discipline. The Department may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend or revoke a license on any one or more of the following grounds:
        a. material misstatement in the application for

    
original license or in the application for any renewal license under this Act;
        b. a violation of this Act or of any regulations or
    
rules issued pursuant thereto;
        c. aiding or abetting another in the violation of
    
this Act or of any regulation or rule issued pursuant thereto;
        d. allowing one's license under this Act to be used
    
by an unlicensed person;
        e. for licensees, conviction of any crime an
    
essential element of which is misstatement, fraud or dishonesty or conviction of any felony, if the Department determines, after investigation, that such person has not been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust; for applicants, the Department may refuse to issue a license based on a conviction of any felony or a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession if the Department determines in accordance with Section 4 that such conviction will impair the ability of the applicant to engage in the position for which a license is sought;
        f. conviction of a violation of any law of Illinois
    
except minor violations such as traffic violations and violations not related to the disposition of dogs, cats and other animals or any rule or regulation of the Department relating to dogs or cats and sale thereof;
        g. making substantial misrepresentations or false
    
promises of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce in connection with the business of a licensee under this Act;
        h. pursuing a continued course of misrepresentation
    
of or making false promises through advertising, salesman, agents or otherwise in connection with the business of a licensee under this Act;
        i. failure to possess the necessary qualifications or
    
to meet the requirements of the Act for the issuance or holding a license; or
        j. proof that the licensee is guilty of gross
    
negligence, incompetency, or cruelty with regard to animals.
    The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend the license of any person who fails to file a return, or to pay the tax, penalty or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied.
    The Department may order any licensee to cease operation for a period not to exceed 72 hours to correct deficiencies in order to meet licensing requirements.
    If the Department revokes a license under this Act at an administrative hearing, the licensee and any individuals associated with that license shall be prohibited from applying for or obtaining a license under this Act for a minimum of 3 years.
(Source: P.A. 99-310, eff. 1-1-16; 100-286, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/11) (from Ch. 8, par. 311)
    Sec. 11. The Department may upon its own motion and shall upon the verified complaint in writing of any person who has been the recipient of an animal through purchase, gift or adoption setting forth facts which if proved would constitute grounds for refusal to issue or renew or for suspension or revocation of a license under this Act, investigate the actions of any applicant or any person or persons holding or claiming to hold a license. The Department shall, before refusing to issue or renew, and before suspension or revocation of a license, at least 10 days prior to the date set for the hearing, notify in writing the applicant for or holder of a license, hereinafter called the respondent, that a hearing will be held on the date designated to determine whether the respondent is privileged to hold such license, and shall afford the respondent an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel in reference hereto. Such written notice may be served by delivery of the same personally to the respondent, or by mailing the same by registered or certified mail to the place of business last theretofore specified by the respondent in the last notification to the Department.
    At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Department shall proceed to hear the charges and both the respondent and the complainant shall be accorded ample opportunity to present in person or by counsel such statements, testimony, evidence and argument as may be pertinent to the charges or to any defense thereto. The Department may continue such hearing from time to time.
    The Department, over the signature of the Director is authorized to subpoena and bring before the Department any person or persons in this State and to take testimony either orally or by deposition or by exhibit, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed by law in judicial proceedings in civil cases in circuit courts of this state.
    Any authorized agent of the Department may administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing which the Department is authorized by law to conduct.
(Source: P.A. 83-338.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/12) (from Ch. 8, par. 312)
    Sec. 12. Record of hearing. In accordance with Section 10-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, the Department shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the hearing of any case involving refusal to issue or renew a license, or the suspension or revocation of a license, or the referral of a case for criminal prosecution. The record of any such proceeding consists of the notice of hearing, complaint, and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony and the report and orders of the Department. Copies of the transcript of the record may be obtained from the Department in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/13) (from Ch. 8, par. 313)
    Sec. 13. In any case involving the refusal to issue or renew a license, or the suspension or revocation of a license, or the referral of a case for criminal prosecution, a copy of the Department's report shall be served upon the respondent, either personally or by registered or certified mail as provided in this Act, for the service of the notice of hearing. Within 20 days after such service, the respondent may present to the Department a motion in writing for a rehearing, which written motion shall specify the particular grounds therefor. If no motion for rehearing is filed, then upon the expiration of the time specified for filing such a motion, or if a motion for rehearing is denied, then upon such denial, the Director may enter an order in accordance with recommendations of the report. If the respondent orders and pays for a transcript of the record within the time for filing a motion for rehearing, the 20 day period within which such a motion may be filed shall commence upon the delivery of the transcript to the respondent.
(Source: P.A. 81-198.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/14) (from Ch. 8, par. 314)
    Sec. 14. Any circuit court may upon application of the Director or of the applicant or licensee against whom proceedings under Section 11 of this Act are pending, enter an order requiring the attendance of witnesses and their testimony, and the production of documents, papers, files, books and records in connection with any hearing in any proceedings under that Section. The court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2956.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 315)
    Sec. 15. Any person affected by a final administrative decision of the Department may have such decision reviewed judicially by the circuit court of the county wherein such person resides, or in the case of a corporation, wherein the registered office is located. If the plaintiff in the review proceeding is not a resident of this state, the venue shall be in Sangamon County. The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department hereunder. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    The Department shall not be required to certify the record of the proceeding unless the plaintiff in the review proceedings has purchased a copy from the certified shorthand reporter who prepared the record. Exhibits shall be certified without cost.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/16) (from Ch. 8, par. 316)
    Sec. 16. Upon the revocation or suspension of any license, the licensee shall forthwith surrender the license and any branch office licenses to the Department, and if the licensee fails to do so, the Department shall have the right to seize the same.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2956.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/18) (from Ch. 8, par. 318)
    Sec. 18.
    The licensee shall:
    a. Maintain sanitary conditions.
    b. Insure proper ventilation.
    c. Provide adequate nutrition.
    d. Provide humane care and treatment of all animals under his jurisdiction.
    e. Take reasonable care to release for sale, trade, or adoption only those animals which are free of disease, injuries or abnormalities. A health certificate, meeting the requirements of the Department and issued by a licensed veterinarian for any such animal within 5 days before such sale, trade or adoption is prima facie evidence that the licensee has taken reasonable care, as required by this paragraph.
    f. Inspection of the premises of a licensee to determine compliance with this Act may be made only by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 78-900.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/18.1)
    Sec. 18.1. Sale or gift of reptiles and other animals.
    (a) A pet shop shall not sell a reptile, offer a reptile for sale, or offer a reptile as a gift or promotional consideration unless a notice regarding safe reptile-handling practices that meets the requirements in subsection (b) is (i) prominently displayed at each location in the pet shop where reptiles are displayed, housed, or held and (ii) distributed to the purchaser or recipient.
    (b) The notice regarding safe reptile-handling practices shall be one of the following:
        (1) a notice provided at no charge by the Illinois
    
Department of Public Health; or
        (2) a notice that has the dimensions of at least 8.5
    
inches by 11 inches, that uses fonts that are clearly visible and readily draw attention to the notice, and that contains all of the following statements:
            (A) "As with many other animals, reptiles carry
        
salmonella bacteria, which can make people sick. Safe reptile-handling steps should be taken to reduce the chance of infection."
            (B) "Always wash your hands thoroughly after you
        
handle your pet reptile, its food, and anything it has touched."
            (C) "Keep your pet reptile and its equipment out
        
of the kitchen or any area where food is prepared. Kitchen sinks should not be used to bathe reptiles or wash their dishes, cages, or aquariums. If a bathtub is used for these purposes, it should be cleaned thoroughly and disinfected with bleach."
            (D) "Don't nuzzle or kiss your pet reptile."
            (E) "Keep reptiles out of homes where there are
        
children under 5 years of age or people with weakened immune systems. Children under 5 years of age or people with weakened immune systems should avoid contact with reptiles."
            (F) "Pet reptiles should not be allowed in child
        
care centers."
            (G) "Pet reptiles should not be allowed to roam
        
freely throughout the home or living area."
(Source: P.A. 91-741, eff. 1-1-01.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/19) (from Ch. 8, par. 319)
    Sec. 19. The Director may issue regulations, consistent with the provisions of this Act, for the administration and enforcement thereof and may prescribe forms which shall be used in connection therewith.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2956.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/20) (from Ch. 8, par. 320)
    Sec. 20. Any person violating any provision of this Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Department issued pursuant to this Act is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and every day a violation continues constitutes a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 89-178, eff. 7-19-95.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/20.5)
    Sec. 20.5. Administrative fines. The following administrative fines shall be imposed by the Department upon any person or entity who violates any provision of this Act or any rule adopted by the Department under this Act:
        (1) For the first violation, a fine of $500.
        (2) For a second violation that occurs within 3
    
years after the first violation, a fine of $1,000.
        (3) For a third violation that occurs within 3 years
    
after the first violation, mandatory probationary status and a fine of $2,500.
(Source: P.A. 98-855, eff. 8-4-14.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/21) (from Ch. 8, par. 321)
    Sec. 21. The following fees shall accompany each application for a license, which fees shall not be returnable:
    a. for an original license to an individual .......... $25
    b. for an original license to a partnership or
            corporation .................................. $25
    c. for an annual renewal license ..................... $25
    d. for each branch office license .................... $25
    e. for the renewal of any license not renewed by
            July 1 of the year ........................... $40
    f. for a permit for a foster home .................... $25
    g. for renewal of a permit for a foster home ......... $25
(Source: P.A. 89-178, eff. 7-19-95.)

 

    (225 ILCS 605/22) (from Ch. 8, par. 322)
    Sec. 22.
    All fees and other money received by the Department under this Act shall be paid into the General Revenue Fund in the State Treasury.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2956.)

Animal Welfare Rules

admincode

 

ANIMALS
(510 ILCS 70/) Humane Care for Animals Act.

(510 ILCS 70/1) (from Ch. 8, par. 701)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Humane Care for Animals Act".
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2) (from Ch. 8, par. 702)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms specified in the Sections following this Section and preceding Section 3 have the meanings ascribed to them in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.01)
    Sec. 2.01.
    "Animal" means every living creature, domestic or wild, but does not include man.
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01a)
    Sec. 2.01a. Companion animal. "Companion animal" means an animal that is commonly considered to be, or is considered by the owner to be, a pet. "Companion animal" includes, but is not limited to, canines, felines, and equines.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01b)
    Sec. 2.01b. Exigent circumstances. "Exigent circumstances" means a licensed veterinarian cannot be secured without undue delay and, in the opinion of the animal control warden, animal control administrator, Department of Agriculture investigator, approved humane investigator, or animal shelter employee, the animal is so severely injured, diseased, or suffering that it is unfit for any useful purpose and to delay humane euthanasia would continue to cause the animal extreme suffering.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01c)
    Sec. 2.01c. Service animal. "Service animal" means an animal trained in obedience and task skills to meet the needs of a person with a disability.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01d)
    Sec. 2.01d. Search and rescue dog. "Search and rescue dog" means any dog that is trained or is certified to locate persons lost on land or in water.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01e)
    Sec. 2.01e. Animal Control Administrator. "Animal Control Administrator" means a veterinarian licensed by the State of Illinois and appointed pursuant to the Animal Control Act, or his duly authorized representative.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01f)
    Sec. 2.01f. Animal control facility. "Animal control facility" means any facility operated by or under contract for the State, county, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01g)
    Sec. 2.01g. Animal Control Warden. "Animal Control Warden" means any person appointed by the Administrator and approved by the Board to perform duties as assigned by the Administrator to effectuate the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.01h)
    Sec. 2.01h. Animal shelter. "Animal shelter" means a facility operated, owned, or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, or other non-profit organization for the purpose of providing for and promoting the welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals. "Animal shelter" also means any veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 which operates for the above mentioned purpose in addition to its customary purposes.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02; 93-281, eff. 12-31-03.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.02) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.02)
    Sec. 2.02.
    "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.03) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.03)
    Sec. 2.03. "Department investigator" or "approved humane investigator" means a person employed by or approved by the Department to determine whether there has been a violation of this Act or an animal control warden or animal control administrator appointed under the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-157.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.04) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.04)
    Sec. 2.04.
    "Director" means the Director of Agriculture, or his duly appointed representative.
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.05) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.05)
    Sec. 2.05.
    "Humane society" means any chartered, not for profit organization authorized to do business in this State and organized for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals and promoting humane care and treatment of animals.
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.05a) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.05a)
    Sec. 2.05a. "Livestock management facility" means any on-farm animal feeding operation, on-farm livestock shelter, or on-farm milking and accompanying milk handling area.
(Source: P.A. 83-140.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.06) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.06)
    Sec. 2.06.
    "Owner" means any person who (a) has a right of property in an animal, (b) keeps or harbors an animal, (c) has an animal in his care, or (d) acts as custodian of an animal.
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.07) (from Ch. 8, par. 702.07)
    Sec. 2.07. Person. "Person" means any individual, minor, firm, corporation, partnership, other business unit, society, association, or other legal entity, any public or private institution, the State of Illinois, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.08)
    Sec. 2.08. Police animal. "Police animal" means any animal owned or used by a law enforcement department or agency in the course of the department or agency's work.
(Source: P.A. 90-80, eff. 7-10-97.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.09)
    Sec. 2.09. Humanely euthanized. "Humanely euthanized" means the painless administration of a lethal dose of an agent or method of euthanasia as prescribed in the Report of the American Veterinary Medical Association Panel on Euthanasia published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, March 1, 2001 (or any successor version of that Report), that causes the painless death of an animal. Animals must be handled prior to administration of the agent or method of euthanasia in a manner to avoid undue apprehension by the animal.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/2.10)
    Sec. 2.10. Companion animal hoarder. "Companion animal hoarder" means a person who (i) possesses a large number of companion animals; (ii) fails to or is unable to provide what he or she is required to provide under Section 3 of this Act; (iii) keeps the companion animals in a severely overcrowded environment; and (iv) displays an inability to recognize or understand the nature of or has a reckless disregard for the conditions under which the companion animals are living and the deleterious impact they have on the companion animals' and owner's health and well-being.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3) (from Ch. 8, par. 703)
    Sec. 3. Owner's duties.
    (a) Each owner shall provide for each of his or her animals:
        (1) a sufficient quantity of good quality, wholesome
    
food and water;
        (2) adequate shelter and protection from the weather;
        (3) veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering;
    
and
        (4) humane care and treatment.
    (b) To lawfully tether a dog outdoors, an owner must ensure that the dog:
        (1) does not suffer from a condition that is known,
    
by that person, to be exacerbated by tethering;
        (2) is tethered in a manner that will prevent it from
    
becoming entangled with other tethered dogs;
        (3) is not tethered with a lead that (i) exceeds
    
one-eighth of the dog's body weight or (ii) is a tow chain or a log chain;
        (4) is tethered with a lead that measures, when
    
rounded to the nearest whole foot, at least 10 feet in length;
        (5) is tethered with a properly fitting harness or
    
collar other than the lead or a pinch, prong, or choke-type collar; and
        (6) is not tethered in a manner that will allow it
    
to reach within the property of another person, a public walkway, or a road.
    (c) Subsection (b) of this Section shall not be construed to prohibit:
        (1) a person from walking a dog with a hand-held
    
leash;
        (2) conduct that is directly related to the
    
cultivating of agricultural products, including shepherding or herding cattle or livestock, if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog;
        (3) the tethering of a dog while at an organized and
    
lawful animal function, such as hunting, obedience training, performance and conformance events, or law enforcement training, or while in the pursuit of working or competing in those endeavors; or
        (4) a dog restrained in compliance with the
    
requirements of a camping or recreational area as defined by a federal, State, or local authority or jurisdiction.
    (d) A person convicted of violating subsection (a) of this Section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of subsection (a) of this Section is a Class 4 felony with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating subsection (a) of this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation. If the convicted person is a juvenile or a companion animal hoarder, the court must order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.
    (e) A person convicted of violating subsection (b) of this Section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    (f) As used in this Section, "tether" means to restrain by tying to an object or structure, including, without limitation, a house, tree, fence, post, garage, shed, or clothes line at a person's residence or business, by any means, including, without limitation, a chain, rope, cord, leash, or running line.
(Source: P.A. 98-101, eff. 1-1-14.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.01) (from Ch. 8, par. 703.01)
    Sec. 3.01. Cruel treatment.
    (a) No person or owner may beat, cruelly treat, torment, starve, overwork or otherwise abuse any animal.
    (b) No owner may abandon any animal where it may become a public charge or may suffer injury, hunger or exposure.
    (c) No owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that:
        (1) results in injury to or death of the animal; or
        (2) results in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite,
    
or similar condition as diagnosed by a doctor of veterinary medicine.
    (c-5) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit an animal from being impounded in an emergency situation under subsection (b) of Section 12 of this Act.
    (d) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent conviction for a violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person who is convicted of violating subsection (a) upon a companion animal in the presence of a child, as defined in Section 12-0.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, shall be subject to a fine of $250 and ordered to perform community service for not less than 100 hours. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evidence. If the convicted person is a juvenile or a companion animal hoarder, the court must order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.
(Source: P.A. 99-311, eff. 1-1-16; 99-357, eff. 1-1-16; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-782, eff. 8-12-16.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.02)
    Sec. 3.02. Aggravated cruelty.
    (a) No person may intentionally commit an act that causes a companion animal to suffer serious injury or death. Aggravated cruelty does not include euthanasia of a companion animal through recognized methods approved by the Department of Agriculture unless prohibited under subsection (b).
    (b) No individual, except a licensed veterinarian as exempted under Section 3.09, may knowingly or intentionally euthanize or authorize the euthanasia of a companion animal by use of carbon monoxide.
    (c) A person convicted of violating Section 3.02 is guilty of a Class 4 felony. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation. If the convicted person is a juvenile or a companion animal hoarder, the court must order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.
(Source: P.A. 96-780, eff. 8-28-09.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.03)
    Sec. 3.03. Animal torture.
    (a) A person commits animal torture when that person without legal justification knowingly or intentionally tortures an animal. For purposes of this Section, and subject to subsection (b), "torture" means infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the animal.
    (b) For the purposes of this Section, "animal torture" does not include any death, harm, or injury caused to any animal by any of the following activities:
        (1) any hunting, fishing, trapping, or other activity
    
allowed under the Wildlife Code, the Wildlife Habitat Management Areas Act, or the Fish and Aquatic Life Code;
        (2) any alteration or destruction of any animal done
    
by any person or unit of government pursuant to statute, ordinance, court order, or the direction of a licensed veterinarian;
        (3) any alteration or destruction of any animal by
    
any person for any legitimate purpose, including, but not limited to: castration, culling, declawing, defanging, ear cropping, euthanasia, gelding, grooming, neutering, polling, shearing, shoeing, slaughtering, spaying, tail docking, and vivisection; and
        (4) any other activity that may be lawfully done to
    
an animal.
    (c) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class 3 felony. As a condition of the sentence imposed under this Section, the court shall order the offender to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.
(Source: P.A. 91-351, eff. 7-29-99; 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.03-1)
    Sec. 3.03-1. Depiction of animal cruelty.
    (a) "Depiction of animal cruelty" means any visual or auditory depiction, including any photograph, motion-picture film, video recording, electronic image, or sound recording, that would constitute a violation of Section 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, or 4.01 of the Humane Care for Animals Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (b) No person may knowingly create, sell, market, offer to market or sell, or possess a depiction of animal cruelty. No person may place that depiction in commerce for commercial gain or entertainment. This Section does not apply when the depiction has religious, political, scientific, educational, law enforcement or humane investigator training, journalistic, artistic, or historical value; or involves rodeos, sanctioned livestock events, or normal husbandry practices.
    The creation, sale, marketing, offering to sell or market, or possession of the depiction of animal cruelty is illegal regardless of whether the maiming, mutilation, torture, wounding, abuse, killing, or any other conduct took place in this State.
    (c) Any person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation. If the convicted person is a juvenile, the court shall order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.04)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-504)
    Sec. 3.04. Arrests and seizures; penalties.
    (a) Any law enforcement officer making an arrest for an offense involving one or more companion animals under Section 3.01, 3.02, or 3.03 of this Act may lawfully take possession of some or all of the companion animals in the possession of the person arrested. The officer, after taking possession of the companion animals, must file with the court before whom the complaint is made against any person so arrested an affidavit stating the name of the person charged in the complaint, a description of the condition of the companion animal or companion animals taken, and the time and place the companion animal or companion animals were taken, together with the name of the person from whom the companion animal or companion animals were taken and name of the person who claims to own the companion animal or companion animals if different from the person from whom the companion animal or companion animals were seized. He or she must at the same time deliver an inventory of the companion animal or companion animals taken to the court of competent jurisdiction. The officer must place the companion animal or companion animals in the custody of an animal control or animal shelter and the agency must retain custody of the companion animal or companion animals subject to an order of the court adjudicating the charges on the merits and before which the person complained against is required to appear for trial. If the animal control or animal shelter owns no facility capable of housing the companion animals, has no space to house the companion animals, or is otherwise unable to house the companion animals or the health or condition of the animals prevents their removal, the animals shall be impounded at the site of the violation pursuant to a court order authorizing the impoundment, provided that the person charged is an owner of the property. Employees or agents of the animal control or animal shelter or law enforcement shall have the authority to access the on-site impoundment property for the limited purpose of providing care and veterinary treatment for the impounded animals and ensuring their well-being and safety. For an on-site impoundment, a petition for posting of security may be filed under Section 3.05 of this Act. Disposition of the animals shall be controlled by Section 3.06 of this Act. The State's Attorney may, within 14 days after the seizure, file a "petition for forfeiture prior to trial" before the court having criminal jurisdiction over the alleged charges, asking for permanent forfeiture of the companion animals seized. The petition shall be filed with the court, with copies served on the impounding agency, the owner, and anyone claiming an interest in the animals. In a "petition for forfeiture prior to trial", the burden is on the prosecution to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the person arrested violated Section 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, or 4.01 of this Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (b) An owner whose companion animal or companion animals are removed by a law enforcement officer under this Section must be given written notice of the circumstances of the removal and of any legal remedies available to him or her. The notice must be posted at the place of seizure, or delivered to a person residing at the place of seizure or, if the address of the owner is different from the address of the person from whom the companion animal or companion animals were seized, delivered by registered mail to his or her last known address.
    (c) In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating Sections 3, 3.01, 3.02, or 3.03 the court may order the convicted person to forfeit to an animal control or animal shelter the animal or animals that are the basis of the conviction. Upon an order of forfeiture, the convicted person is deemed to have permanently relinquished all rights to the animal or animals that are the basis of the conviction. The forfeited animal or animals shall be adopted or humanely euthanized. In no event may the convicted person or anyone residing in his or her household be permitted to adopt the forfeited animal or animals. The court, additionally, may order that the convicted person and persons dwelling in the same household as the convicted person who conspired, aided, or abetted in the unlawful act that was the basis of the conviction, or who knew or should have known of the unlawful act, may not own, harbor, or have custody or control of any other animals for a period of time that the court deems reasonable.
(Source: P.A. 99-321, eff. 1-1-16.)     (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-504)
    Sec. 3.04. Arrests and seizures; penalties.
    (a) Any law enforcement officer making an arrest for an offense involving one or more companion animals under Section 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 4.01, or 7.1 of this Act may lawfully take possession of some or all of the companion animals in the possession of the person arrested. The officer, after taking possession of the companion animals, must file with the court before whom the complaint is made against any person so arrested an affidavit stating the name of the person charged in the complaint, a description of the condition of the companion animal or companion animals taken, and the time and place the companion animal or companion animals were taken, together with the name of the person from whom the companion animal or companion animals were taken and name of the person who claims to own the companion animal or companion animals if different from the person from whom the companion animal or companion animals were seized. He or she must at the same time deliver an inventory of the companion animal or companion animals taken to the court of competent jurisdiction. The officer must place the companion animal or companion animals in the custody of an animal control or animal shelter and the agency must retain custody of the companion animal or companion animals subject to an order of the court adjudicating the charges on the merits and before which the person complained against is required to appear for trial. If the animal control or animal shelter owns no facility capable of housing the companion animals, has no space to house the companion animals, or is otherwise unable to house the companion animals or the health or condition of the animals prevents their removal, the animals shall be impounded at the site of the violation pursuant to a court order authorizing the impoundment, provided that the person charged is an owner of the property. Employees or agents of the animal control or animal shelter or law enforcement shall have the authority to access the on-site impoundment property for the limited purpose of providing care and veterinary treatment for the impounded animals and ensuring their well-being and safety. Upon impoundment, a petition for posting of security may be filed under Section 3.05 of this Act. Disposition of the animals shall be controlled by Section 3.06 of this Act. The State's Attorney may, within 14 days after the seizure, file a "petition for forfeiture prior to trial" before the court having criminal jurisdiction over the alleged charges, asking for permanent forfeiture of the companion animals seized. The petition shall be filed with the court, with copies served on the impounding agency, the owner, and anyone claiming an interest in the animals. In a "petition for forfeiture prior to trial", the burden is on the prosecution to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the person arrested violated Section 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 4.01, or 7.1 of this Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (b) An owner whose companion animal or companion animals are removed by a law enforcement officer under this Section must be given written notice of the circumstances of the removal and of any legal remedies available to him or her. The notice must be delivered in person, posted at the place of seizure, or delivered to a person residing at the place of seizure or, if the address of the owner is different from the address of the person from whom the companion animal or companion animals were seized, delivered by registered mail to his or her last known address.
    (c) In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating Sections 3, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 4.01, or 7.1 of this Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, the court may order the convicted person to forfeit to an animal control or animal shelter the animal or animals that are the basis of the conviction. Upon an order of forfeiture, the convicted person is deemed to have permanently relinquished all rights to the animal or animals that are the basis of the conviction, if not already. The forfeited animal or animals shall be adopted or humanely euthanized. In no event may the convicted person or anyone residing in his or her household be permitted to adopt or otherwise possess the forfeited animal or animals. The court, additionally, may order that the convicted person and persons dwelling in the same household as the convicted person who conspired, aided, or abetted in the unlawful act that was the basis of the conviction, or who knew or should have known of the unlawful act, may not own, harbor, or have custody or control of any other animals for a period of time that the court deems reasonable.
(Source: P.A. 99-321, eff. 1-1-16; 100-504, eff. 6-1-18.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.05)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-504)
    Sec. 3.05. Security for companion animals and animals used for fighting purposes.
    (a) In the case of companion animals as defined in Section 2.01a or animals used for fighting purposes in violation of Section 4.01 of this Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, the animal control or animal shelter having custody of the animal or animals may file a petition with the court requesting that the person from whom the animal or animals are seized, or the owner of the animal or animals, be ordered to post security. The security must be in an amount sufficient to secure payment of all reasonable expenses expected to be incurred by the animal control or animal shelter in caring for and providing for the animal or animals pending the disposition of the charges. Reasonable expenses include, but are not limited to, estimated medical care and boarding of the animal or animals for 30 days. The amount of the security shall be determined by the court after taking into consideration all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including, but not limited to, the recommendation of the impounding organization having custody and care of the seized animal or animals and the cost of caring for the animal or animals. If security has been posted in accordance with this Section, the animal control or animal shelter may draw from the security the actual costs incurred by the agency in caring for the seized animal or animals.
    (b) Upon receipt of a petition, the court must set a hearing on the petition, to be conducted within 5 business days after the petition is filed. The petitioner must serve a true copy of the petition upon the defendant and the State's Attorney for the county in which the animal or animals were seized. The petitioner must also serve a true copy of the petition on any interested person. For the purposes of this subsection, "interested person" means an individual, partnership, firm, joint stock company, corporation, association, trust, estate, or other legal entity that the court determines may have a pecuniary interest in the animal or animals that are the subject of the petition. The court must set a hearing date to determine any interested parties. The court may waive for good cause shown the posting of security.
    (c) If the court orders the posting of security, the security must be posted with the clerk of the court within 5 business days after the hearing. If the person ordered to post security does not do so, the animal or animals are forfeited by operation of law and the animal control or animal shelter having control of the animal or animals must dispose of the animal or animals through adoption or must humanely euthanize the animal. In no event may the defendant or any person residing in the defendant's household adopt the animal or animals.
    (d) The impounding organization may file a petition with the court upon the expiration of the 30-day period requesting the posting of additional security. The court may order the person from whom the animal or animals were seized, or the owner of the animal or animals, to post additional security with the clerk of the court to secure payment of reasonable expenses for an additional period of time pending a determination by the court of the charges against the person from whom the animal or animals were seized.
    (e) In no event may the security prevent the impounding organization having custody and care of the animal or animals from disposing of the animal or animals before the expiration of the 30-day period covered by the security if the court makes a final determination of the charges against the person from whom the animal or animals were seized. Upon the adjudication of the charges, the person who posted the security is entitled to a refund of the security, in whole or in part, for any expenses not incurred by the impounding organization.
    (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section to the contrary, the court may order a person charged with any violation of this Act to provide necessary food, water, shelter, and care for any animal or animals that are the basis of the charge without the removal of the animal or animals from their existing location and until the charges against the person are adjudicated. Until a final determination of the charges is made, any law enforcement officer, animal control officer, Department investigator, or an approved humane investigator may be authorized by an order of the court to make regular visits to the place where the animal or animals are being kept to ascertain if the animal or animals are receiving necessary food, water, shelter, and care. Nothing in this Section prevents any law enforcement officer, Department investigator, or approved humane investigator from applying for a warrant under this Section to seize any animal or animals being held by the person charged pending the adjudication of the charges if it is determined that the animal or animals are not receiving the necessary food, water, shelter, or care.
    (g) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent the voluntary, permanent relinquishment of any animal by its owner to an animal control or animal shelter in lieu of posting security or proceeding to a forfeiture hearing. Voluntary relinquishment shall have no effect on the criminal charges that may be pursued by the appropriate authorities.
    (h) If an owner of a companion animal is acquitted by the court of charges made pursuant to this Act, the court shall further order that any security that has been posted for the animal shall be returned to the owner by the impounding organization.
    (i) The provisions of this Section only pertain to companion animals and animals used for fighting purposes.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)     (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-504)
    Sec. 3.05. Security for companion animals and animals used for fighting purposes.
    (a) In the case of companion animals as defined in Section 2.01a or animals used for fighting purposes in violation of Section 4.01 of this Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or a violation of 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, or 7.1 of this Act, the animal control or animal shelter having custody of the animal or animals may file a petition with the court requesting that the person from whom the animal or animals are seized, or the owner of the animal or animals, be ordered to post security. The security must be in an amount sufficient to secure payment of all reasonable expenses expected to be incurred by the animal control or animal shelter in caring for and providing for the animal or animals pending the disposition of the charges. Reasonable expenses include, but are not limited to, estimated medical care and boarding of the animal or animals for 30 days. The amount of the security shall be determined by the court after taking into consideration all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including, but not limited to, the recommendation of the impounding organization having custody and care of the seized animal or animals and the cost of caring for the animal or animals. If security has been posted in accordance with this Section, the animal control or animal shelter may draw from the security the actual costs incurred by the agency in caring for the seized animal or animals.
    (b) Upon receipt of a petition, the court must set a hearing on the petition, to be conducted within 5 business days after the petition is filed. The petitioner must serve a true copy of the petition upon the defendant and the State's Attorney for the county in which the animal or animals were seized. The petitioner must also serve a true copy of the petition on any interested person. For the purposes of this subsection, "interested person" means an individual, partnership, firm, joint stock company, corporation, association, trust, estate, or other legal entity that the court determines may have a pecuniary interest in the animal or animals that are the subject of the petition. The court must set a hearing date to determine any interested parties. The court may waive for good cause shown the posting of security.
    (c) If the court orders the posting of security, the security must be posted with the clerk of the court within 5 business days after the hearing. If the person ordered to post security does not do so, the animal or animals are forfeited by operation of law and the animal control or animal shelter having control of the animal or animals must dispose of the animal or animals through adoption or must humanely euthanize the animal. In no event may the defendant or any person residing in the defendant's household adopt the animal or animals.
    (d) The impounding organization may file a petition with the court upon the expiration of the 30-day period requesting the posting of additional security. The court may order the person from whom the animal or animals were seized, or the owner of the animal or animals, to post additional security with the clerk of the court to secure payment of reasonable expenses for an additional period of time pending a determination by the court of the charges against the person from whom the animal or animals were seized.
    (e) In no event may the security prevent the impounding organization having custody and care of the animal or animals from disposing of the animal or animals before the expiration of the 30-day period covered by the security if the court makes a final determination of the charges against the person from whom the animal or animals were seized. Upon the adjudication of the charges, the person who posted the security is entitled to a refund of the security, in whole or in part, for any expenses not incurred by the impounding organization.
    (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section to the contrary, the court may order a person charged with any violation of this Act to provide necessary food, water, shelter, and care for any animal or animals that are the basis of the charge without the removal of the animal or animals from their existing location and until the charges against the person are adjudicated. Until a final determination of the charges is made, any law enforcement officer, animal control officer, Department investigator, or an approved humane investigator may be authorized by an order of the court to make regular visits to the place where the animal or animals are being kept to ascertain if the animal or animals are receiving necessary food, water, shelter, and care. Nothing in this Section prevents any law enforcement officer, Department investigator, or approved humane investigator from applying for a warrant under this Section to seize any animal or animals being held by the person charged pending the adjudication of the charges if it is determined that the animal or animals are not receiving the necessary food, water, shelter, or care.
    (g) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent the voluntary, permanent relinquishment of any animal by its owner to an animal control or animal shelter in lieu of posting security or proceeding to a forfeiture hearing. Voluntary relinquishment shall have no effect on the criminal charges that may be pursued by the appropriate authorities.
    (h) If an owner of a companion animal is acquitted by the court of charges made pursuant to this Act, the court shall further order that any security that has been posted for the animal shall be returned to the owner by the impounding organization.
    (i) The provisions of this Section only pertain to companion animals and animals used for fighting purposes.
(Source: P.A. 100-504, eff. 6-1-18.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.06)
    Sec. 3.06. Disposition of seized companion animals and animals used for fighting purposes.
    (a) Upon the conviction of the person charged, all animals seized, if not previously ordered forfeited or previously forfeited by operation of law, are forfeited to the facility impounding the animals and must be humanely euthanized or adopted. Any outstanding costs incurred by the impounding facility for boarding and treating the animals pending the disposition of the case and any costs incurred in disposing of the animals must be borne by the person convicted.
    (b) Any person authorized by this Section to care for an animal or animals, to treat an animal or animals, or to attempt to restore an animal or animals to good health and who is acting in good faith is immune from any civil or criminal liability that may result from his or her actions.
    (c) The provisions of this Section only pertain to companion animals and animals used for fighting purposes.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.07)
    Sec. 3.07. Veterinarian reports; humane euthanasia. Any veterinarian in this State who observes or is presented with an animal or animals for the treatment of aggravated cruelty under Section 3.02 or torture under Section 3.03 of this Act must file a report with the Department and cooperate with the Department by furnishing the owner's name, the date of receipt of the animal or animals and any treatment administered, and a description of the animal or animals involved, including a microchip number if applicable. Any veterinarian who in good faith makes a report, as required by this Section, has immunity from any liability, civil, criminal, or otherwise, that may result from his or her actions. For the purposes of any proceedings, civil or criminal, the good faith of the veterinarian shall be presumed.
    An animal control warden, animal control administrator, approved humane investigator, or animal shelter employee may humanely euthanize severely injured, diseased, or suffering animals in exigent circumstances.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/3.09)
    Sec. 3.09. Carbon monoxide euthanasia by a licensed veterinarian. A licensed veterinarian may euthanize a companion animal in a commercially manufactured chamber by use of compressed carbon monoxide. The veterinarian must be physically present during the euthanasia process until death is confirmed. The veterinarian must take all of the following steps when using a gas chamber:
        (1) Render a written opinion for each companion
    
animal including:
            (A) a description of the animal including
        
species, color, age, sex, and microchip number if present; and
            (B) a signed and dated statement that the use of
        
compressed carbon monoxide is the most humane method of euthanasia for this companion animal.
        (2) Use a commercially manufactured chamber pursuant
    
to the guidelines set forth in the most recent report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia. The interior of the chamber must be well lit and equipped with view-ports, a regulator, and a flow meter. Monitoring equipment must be used at all times during the operation. Animals that are under 4 months of age, old, injured, or sick may not be euthanized by carbon monoxide. Animals shall remain in the chamber and be exposed for a minimum of 20 minutes. Staff members shall be fully notified of potential health risks.
        (3) Only one companion animal may be euthanized at a
    
time.
(Source: P.A. 96-780, eff. 8-28-09.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/4) (from Ch. 8, par. 704)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-504)
    Sec. 4. Prohibited acts. No person may sell, offer for sale, barter, or give away as a pet or a novelty any rabbit or any baby chick, duckling or other fowl which has been dyed, colored, or otherwise treated to impart an artificial color thereto. Baby chicks or ducklings shall not be sold, offered for sale, bartered, or given away as pets or novelties. Rabbits, ducklings or baby chicks shall not be awarded as prizes.
    A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony, with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)     (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-504)
    Sec. 4. Prohibited acts. No person may sell, offer for sale, barter, or give away as a pet or a novelty any rabbit or any baby chick, duckling or other fowl which has been dyed, colored, or otherwise treated to impart an artificial color thereto. Baby chicks or ducklings shall not be sold, offered for sale, bartered, or given away as pets or novelties. Rabbits, ducklings or baby chicks shall not be awarded as prizes.
    No person may allow for the adoption, transfer, sale, offer for sale, barter, or give away any animal forfeited or relinquished under Section 3.04 or 3.05 of this Act to the person who forfeited the animal or a person residing in that person's household.
    A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony, with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 100-504, eff. 6-1-18.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/4.01) (from Ch. 8, par. 704.01)
    Sec. 4.01. Animals in entertainment. This Section does not apply when the only animals involved are dogs. (Section 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, rather than this Section, applies when the only animals involved are dogs.)
    (a) No person may own, capture, breed, train, or lease any animal which he or she knows or should know is intended for use in any show, exhibition, program, or other activity featuring or otherwise involving a fight between such animal and any other animal or human, or the intentional killing of any animal for the purpose of sport, wagering, or entertainment.
    (b) No person shall promote, conduct, carry on, advertise, collect money for or in any other manner assist or aid in the presentation for purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment, any show, exhibition, program, or other activity involving a fight between 2 or more animals or any animal and human, or the intentional killing of any animal.
    (c) No person shall sell or offer for sale, ship, transport, or otherwise move, or deliver or receive any animal which he or she knows or should know has been captured, bred, or trained, or will be used, to fight another animal or human or be intentionally killed, for the purpose of sport, wagering, or entertainment.
    (d) No person shall manufacture for sale, shipment, transportation or delivery any device or equipment which that person knows or should know is intended for use in any show, exhibition, program, or other activity featuring or otherwise involving a fight between 2 or more animals, or any human and animal, or the intentional killing of any animal for purposes of sport, wagering or entertainment.
    (e) No person shall own, possess, sell or offer for sale, ship, transport, or otherwise move any equipment or device which such person knows or should know is intended for use in connection with any show, exhibition, program, or activity featuring or otherwise involving a fight between 2 or more animals, or any animal and human, or the intentional killing of any animal for purposes of sport, wagering or entertainment.
    (f) No person shall make available any site, structure, or facility, whether enclosed or not, which he or she knows or should know is intended to be used for the purpose of conducting any show, exhibition, program, or other activity involving a fight between 2 or more animals, or any animal and human, or the intentional killing of any animal.
    (g) No person shall knowingly attend or otherwise patronize any show, exhibition, program, or other activity featuring or otherwise involving a fight between 2 or more animals, or any animal and human, or the intentional killing of any animal for the purposes of sport, wagering or entertainment.
    (h) (Blank).
    (i) Any animals or equipment involved in a violation of this Section shall be immediately seized and impounded under Section 12 by the Department when located at any show, exhibition, program, or other activity featuring or otherwise involving an animal fight for the purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment.
    (j) Any vehicle or conveyance other than a common carrier that is used in violation of this Section shall be seized, held, and offered for sale at public auction by the sheriff's department of the proper jurisdiction, and the proceeds from the sale shall be remitted to the general fund of the county where the violation took place.
    (k) Any veterinarian in this State who is presented with an animal for treatment of injuries or wounds resulting from fighting where there is a reasonable possibility that the animal was engaged in or utilized for a fighting event for the purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment shall file a report with the Department and cooperate by furnishing the owners' names, dates, and descriptions of the animal or animals involved. Any veterinarian who in good faith complies with the requirements of this subsection has immunity from any liability, civil, criminal, or otherwise, that may result from his or her actions. For the purposes of any proceedings, civil or criminal, the good faith of the veterinarian shall be rebuttably presumed.
    (l) No person shall solicit a minor to violate this Section.
    (m) The penalties for violations of this Section shall be as follows:
        (1) A person convicted of violating subsection (a),
    
(b), or (c) of this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is guilty of a Class 4 felony for the first offense. A second or subsequent offense involving the violation of subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is a Class 3 felony.
        (2) A person convicted of violating subsection (d),
    
(e), or (f) of this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is guilty of a Class 4 felony for the first offense. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony.
        (3) A person convicted of violating subsection (g) of
    
this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is guilty of a Class 4 felony for the first offense. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony.
        (4) A person convicted of violating subsection (l) of
    
this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony for the first offense. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony.
    (n) A person who commits a felony violation of this Section is subject to the property forfeiture provisions set forth in Article 124B of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.
(Source: P.A. 96-226, eff. 8-11-09; 96-712, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10; 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/4.02) (from Ch. 8, par. 704.02)
    Sec. 4.02. Arrests; reports.
    (a) Any law enforcement officer making an arrest for an offense involving one or more animals under Section 4.01 of this Act or Section 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012 shall lawfully take possession of all animals and all paraphernalia, implements, or other property or things used or employed, or about to be employed, in the violation of any of the provisions of Section 4.01 of this Act or Section 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012. When a law enforcement officer has taken possession of such animals, paraphernalia, implements or other property or things, he or she shall file with the court before whom the complaint is made against any person so arrested an affidavit stating therein the name of the person charged in the complaint, a description of the property so taken and the time and place of the taking thereof together with the name of the person from whom the same was taken and name of the person who claims to own such property, if different from the person from whom the animals were seized and if known, and that the affiant has reason to believe and does believe, stating the ground of the belief, that the animals and property so taken were used or employed, or were about to be used or employed, in a violation of Section 4.01 of this Act or Section 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012. He or she shall thereupon deliver an inventory of the property so taken to the court of competent jurisdiction. A law enforcement officer may humanely euthanize animals that are severely injured.
    An owner whose animals are removed for a violation of Section 4.01 of this Act or Section 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012 must be given written notice of the circumstances of the removal and of any legal remedies available to him or her. The notice must be posted at the place of seizure or delivered to a person residing at the place of seizure or, if the address of the owner is different from the address of the person from whom the animals were seized, delivered by registered mail to his or her last known address.
    The animal control or animal shelter having custody of the animals may file a petition with the court requesting that the person from whom the animals were seized or the owner of the animals be ordered to post security pursuant to Section 3.05 of this Act.
    Upon the conviction of the person so charged, all animals shall be adopted or humanely euthanized and property so seized shall be adjudged by the court to be forfeited. Any outstanding costs incurred by the impounding facility in boarding and treating the animals pending the disposition of the case and disposing of the animals upon a conviction must be borne by the person convicted. In no event may the animals be adopted by the defendant or anyone residing in his or her household. If the court finds that the State either failed to prove the criminal allegations or failed to prove that the animals were used in fighting, the court must direct the delivery of the animals and the other property not previously forfeited to the owner of the animals and property.
    Any person authorized by this Section to care for an animal, to treat an animal, or to attempt to restore an animal to good health and who is acting in good faith is immune from any civil or criminal liability that may result from his or her actions.
    An animal control warden, animal control administrator, animal shelter employee, or approved humane investigator may humanely euthanize severely injured, diseased, or suffering animal in exigent circumstances.
    (b) Any veterinarian in this State who is presented with an animal for treatment of injuries or wounds resulting from fighting where there is a reasonable possibility that the animal was engaged in or utilized for a fighting event shall file a report with the Department and cooperate by furnishing the owners' names, date of receipt of the animal or animals and treatment administered, and descriptions of the animal or animals involved. Any veterinarian who in good faith makes a report, as required by this subsection (b), is immune from any liability, civil, criminal, or otherwise, resulting from his or her actions. For the purposes of any proceedings, civil or criminal, the good faith of any such veterinarian shall be presumed.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/4.03) (from Ch. 8, par. 704.03)
    Sec. 4.03. Teasing, striking or tampering with police animals, service animals, accelerant detection dogs, or search and rescue dogs prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully and maliciously taunt, torment, tease, beat, strike, or administer or subject any desensitizing drugs, chemicals, or substance to (i) any animal used by a law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her functions or duties, or when placed in confinement off duty, (ii) any service animal, (iii) any search and rescue dog, (iv) any police, service, or search and rescue animal in training, or (v) any accelerant detection canine used by a fire officer for arson investigations in the performance of his or her functions or while off duty. It is unlawful for any person to interfere or meddle with (i) any animal used by a law enforcement department or agency or any handler thereof in the performance of the functions or duties of the department or agency, (ii) any service animal, (iii) any search and rescue dog, (iv) any law enforcement, service, or search and rescue animal in training, or (v) any accelerant detection canine used by a fire officer for arson investigations in the performance of his or her functions or while off duty.
    Any person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 96-1171, eff. 7-22-10.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/4.04) (from Ch. 8, par. 704.04)
    Sec. 4.04. Injuring or killing police animals, service animals, accelerant detection dogs, or search and rescue dogs prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously torture, mutilate, injure, disable, poison, or kill (i) any animal used by a law enforcement department or agency in the performance of the functions or duties of the department or agency or when placed in confinement off duty, (ii) any service animal, (iii) any search and rescue dog, (iv) any law enforcement, service, or search and rescue animal in training, or (v) any accelerant detection canine used by a fire officer for arson investigations in the performance of his or her functions or while off duty. However, a police officer or veterinarian may perform euthanasia in emergency situations when delay would cause the animal undue suffering and pain.
    A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony if the animal is not killed or totally disabled; if the animal is killed or totally disabled, the person is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 95-560, eff. 8-30-07; 96-1171, eff. 7-22-10.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/5) (from Ch. 8, par. 705)
    Sec. 5. Lame or disabled horses. No person shall sell, offer to sell, lead, ride, transport, or drive on any public way any equidae which, because of debility, disease, lameness or any other cause, could not be worked in this State without violating this Act. Such equidae may be conveyed to a proper place for medical or surgical treatment or for humane keeping or euthanasia.
    A person convicted of violating this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 95-2, eff. 5-24-07.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/5.01)
    Sec. 5.01. Horse poling or tripping.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Pole" means to use a method of training a horse that consists of (i) forcing, persuading, or enticing a horse to jump so that one or more of its legs contacts an obstruction consisting of any kind of wire, or a pole, stick, rope, or other object in which is embedded brads, nails, tacks, or other sharp points or (ii) raising, throwing, or moving a pole, stick, wire, rope, or other object against one or more legs of a horse while it is jumping an obstruction so that the horse, in either case, is induced to raise its leg or legs higher in order to clear the obstruction.
    "Trip" means to use a wire, rope, pole, stick, or other object or apparatus to cause a horse to fall or lose its balance.
    (b) No person may knowingly pole or trip a horse by any means for entertainment or sport purposes.
    (c) This Section does not prohibit the lawful laying down of a horse for medical or identification purposes.
    (d) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/6) (from Ch. 8, par. 706)
    Sec. 6. Poisoning prohibited. No person may knowingly poison or cause to be poisoned any dog or other domestic animal. The only exception will be by written permit from the Department for the purpose of controlling diseases transmissible to humans or other animals and only when all other methods and means have been exhausted. Such a written permit shall name the person or persons conducting the poisoning, specify the products to be used, give the boundaries of the area involved, and specify the precautionary measures to be employed to insure the safety of humans and other animals.
    This Section does not prohibit the use of a euthanasia drug by a euthanasia agency for the purpose of animal euthanasia, provided that the euthanasia drug is used by or under the direction of a licensed veterinarian or certified euthanasia technician, all as defined in and subject to the Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Act.
    A person convicted of violating this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/7) (from Ch. 8, par. 707)
    Sec. 7. Confinement or detention during transportation. No owner, railroad or other common carrier may, when transporting any animal, allow that animal to be confined in any type of conveyance more than 28 consecutive hours without being exercised as necessary for that particular type of animal and without being properly rested, fed and watered; except that a reasonable extension of this time limit shall be granted when a storm or accident causes a delay. In the case of default of the owner or consignee, the company transporting the animal shall exercise the animal, when necessary for the particular type of animal and for the proper resting, feeding, watering and sheltering of such animal, and shall have a lien upon the animal until all expenses resulting therefrom have been paid.
    Any person who intentionally or negligently without jurisdiction of law detains a shipment of livestock long enough to endanger the health or safety of the livestock is liable to the owner for any diminution in the value or death of the livestock.
    Authorities detaining a livestock shipment shall give priority to the health and safety of the animals and shall expeditiously handle any legal violation so that the intact shipment may safely reach its designated destination.
    A person convicted of violating this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony, with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/7.1) (from Ch. 8, par. 707.1)
    Sec. 7.1. Confinement in motor vehicle. No owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or Department investigator who has probable cause to believe that this Section is being violated shall have authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.
    A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/7.5)
    Sec. 7.5. Downed animals.
    (a) For the purpose of this Section a downed animal is one incapable of walking without assistance.
    (b) No downed animal shall be sent to a stockyard, auction, or other facility where its impaired mobility may result in suffering. An injured animal other than those of the equine genus may be sent directly to a slaughter facility.
    (c) A downed animal sent to a stockyard, auction, or other facility in violation of this Section shall be humanely euthanized, the disposition of such animal shall be the responsibility of the owner, and the owner shall be liable for any expense incurred.
    If an animal becomes downed in transit it shall be the responsibility of the carrier.
    (d) A downed animal shall not be transported unless individually segregated.
    (e) A person convicted of violating this Section or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony, with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 95-2, eff. 5-24-07.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/7.15)
    Sec. 7.15. Guide, hearing, and support dogs.
    (a) A person may not willfully and maliciously annoy, taunt, tease, harass, torment, beat, or strike a guide, hearing, or support dog or otherwise engage in any conduct directed toward a guide, hearing, or support dog that is likely to impede or interfere with the dog's performance of its duties or that places the blind, hearing impaired, or person with a physical disability being served or assisted by the dog in danger of injury.
    (b) A person may not willfully and maliciously torture, injure, or kill a guide, hearing, or support dog.
    (c) A person may not willfully and maliciously permit a dog that is owned, harbored, or controlled by the person to cause injury to or the death of a guide, hearing, or support dog while the guide, hearing, or support dog is in discharge of its duties.
    (d) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony. A person convicted of violating subsection (b) or (c) of this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony if the dog is killed or totally disabled, and may be ordered by the court to make restitution to the person with a disability having custody or ownership of the dog for veterinary bills and replacement costs of the dog.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/8) (from Ch. 8, par. 708)
    Sec. 8. Rulemaking.
    The Department shall administer this Act and shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act. Such rules and regulations are subject to the approval of the Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners. No later than 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Department shall adopt rules defining the "recognized methods for the humane euthanasia of companion animals" referred to in subsection (a) of Section 3.02 of this Act.
    The Director may, in formulating rules and regulations pursuant to this Act, seek the advice and recommendations of humane societies in this State.
(Source: P.A. 96-780, eff. 8-28-09.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/9) (from Ch. 8, par. 709)
    Sec. 9. Humane investigators; qualifications. The Department shall, by rule or regulation, establish reasonable qualifications for approved humane investigators and shall maintain a current listing of all approved humane investigators which shall be available for public inspection. These qualifications shall include, but need not be limited to, a knowledge of the provisions of this Act and its rules and regulations and expertise in the investigation of complaints relating to the care and treatment of animals. Persons designated as humane investigators shall cooperate, when requested, in completing routine investigations and filing reports of violations of this Act received by the Department.
    Employees of the Department may be assigned as Department investigators.
(Source: P.A. 88-600, eff. 9-1-94.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/10) (from Ch. 8, par. 710)
    Sec. 10. Investigation of complaints.
    (a) Upon receiving a complaint of a suspected violation of this Act, a Department investigator, any law enforcement official, or an approved humane investigator may, for the purpose of investigating the allegations of the complaint, enter during normal business hours upon any premises where the animal or animals described in the complaint are housed or kept, provided such entry shall not be made into any building which is a person's residence, except by search warrant or court order. Institutions operating under federal license to conduct laboratory experimentation utilizing animals for research or medical purposes are, however, exempt from the provisions of this Section. State's Attorneys and law enforcement officials shall provide such assistance as may be required in the conduct of such investigations. Any such investigation requiring legal procedures shall be immediately reported to the Department. No employee or representative of the Department shall enter a livestock management facility unless sanitized footwear is used, or unless the owner or operator of the facility waives this requirement. The employee or representative must also use any other reasonable disease prevention procedures or equipment provided by the owner or operator of the facility. The animal control administrator and animal control wardens appointed under the Animal Control Act shall be authorized to make investigations complying with this Section for alleged violations of Sections 3, 3.01, 3.02, and 3.03 pertaining to companion animals. The animals impounded shall remain under the jurisdiction of the animal control administrator and be held in an animal shelter licensed under the Animal Welfare Act.
    (b) Any veterinarian acting in good faith is immune from any civil or criminal liability resulting from his or her actions under this Section. The good faith on the part of the veterinarian is presumed.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/11) (from Ch. 8, par. 711)
    Sec. 11. (a) If an investigation under Section 10 discloses that a violation of this Act has been committed, the approved humane investigator shall furnish the violator, if known, with a notice of violation, and state what action is necessary to come into compliance with this Act and that a maximum of 48 hours may be granted in which to take corrective action.
    (b) If the violator fails or refuses to take corrective action necessary for compliance or if the violator is still unknown after an attempt to identify ownership, the humane investigator shall contact the Department and request authorization to impound the animal or animals. The Department will authorize impoundment if a review of facts gathered by the humane investigator indicates a violation of Section 3 of this Act has occurred and the violator, if known, has failed or refused to take corrective action necessary for compliance.
    This Section shall not apply to violations committed under Section 4.01 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-649.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/12) (from Ch. 8, par. 712)
    Sec. 12. Impounding animals; notice of impoundment.
    (a) When an approved humane investigator, a Department investigator or a veterinarian finds that a violation of this Act has rendered an animal in such a condition that no remedy or corrective action by the owner is possible, the Department must impound or order the impoundment of the animal. If the violator fails or refuses to take corrective action necessary for compliance with Section 11 of this Act, the Department may impound the animal. If the animal is ordered impounded, it shall be impounded in a facility or at another location where the elements of good care as set forth in Section 3 of this Act can be provided, and where such animals shall be examined and treated by a licensed veterinarian or, if the animal is severely injured, diseased, or suffering, humanely euthanized. Any expense incurred in the impoundment shall become a lien on the animals.
    (b) Emergency impoundment may be exercised in a life-threatening situation and the subject animals shall be conveyed directly to a licensed veterinarian for medical services necessary to sustain life or to be humanely euthanized as determined by the veterinarian. If such emergency procedure is taken by an animal control officer, the Department shall be notified.
    (c) A notice of impoundment shall be given by the investigator to the violator, if known, in person or sent by certified or registered mail. If the investigator is not able to serve the violator in person or by registered or certified mail, the notice may be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the violator's last known address is located. A copy of the notice shall be retained by the investigator and a copy forwarded immediately to the Department. The notice of impoundment shall include the following:
        (1) A number assigned by the Department which will
    
also be given to the impounding facility accepting the responsibility of the animal or animals.
        (2) Listing of deficiencies noted.
        (3) An accurate description of the animal or animals
    
involved.
        (4) Date on which the animal or animals were
    
impounded.
        (5) Signature of the investigator.
        (6) A statement that: "The violator may request a
    
hearing to appeal the impoundment. A person desiring a hearing shall contact the Department of Agriculture within 7 days from the date of impoundment" and the Department must hold an administrative hearing within 7 business days after receiving a request to appeal the impoundment. If the hearing cannot be held prior to the expiration of the 7-day impoundment period, the Department shall notify the impounding facility that it cannot sell, offer for adoption, or dispose of the animal or animals until a final decision is rendered and all of the appeal processes have expired.
    If a hearing is requested by any owner of impounded animals, the Hearing Officer shall, after hearing the testimony of all interested parties, render a decision within 5 business days regarding the disposition of the impounded animals. This decision by the Hearing Officer shall have no effect on the criminal charges that may be filed with the appropriate authorities.
    If an owner of a companion animal or animal used for fighting purposes requests a hearing, the animal control or animal shelter having control of the animal or animals may file a petition with the court in the county where the impoundment took place requesting that the person from whom the animal or animals were seized or the owner of the animal or animals be ordered to post security pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of Section 3.05 of this Act.
    If the court orders the posting of security, the security must be posted with the clerk of the court within 5 business days after the hearing. If the person ordered to post security does not do so, the court must order the Department of Agriculture to hold a hearing on the impoundment within 5 business days. If, upon final administrative or judicial determination, it is found that it is not in the best interest of the animal or animals to be returned to the person from whom it was seized, the animal or animals are forfeited to the animal control or animal shelter having control of the animal or animals. If no petition for the posting of security is filed or a petition was filed and granted but the person failed to post security, any expense incurred in the impoundment shall remain outstanding until satisfied by the owner or the person from whom the animal or animals were impounded.
    When the impoundment is not appealed, the animal or animals are forfeited and the animal control or animal shelter in charge of the animal or animals may lawfully and without liability provide for adoption of the animal or animals by a person other than the person who forfeited the animal or animals, or any person or persons dwelling in the same household as the person who forfeited the animal or animals, or it may humanely euthanize the animal or animals.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/13) (from Ch. 8, par. 713)
    Sec. 13. Nothing in this Act affects normal, good husbandry practices utilized by any person in the production of food, companion or work animals, or in the extermination of undesirable pests. In case of any alleged conflict between this Act, or regulations adopted hereunder, and the "Wildlife Code of Illinois" or "An Act to define and require the use of humane methods in the handling, preparation for slaughter, and slaughter of livestock for meat or meat products to be offered for sale", approved July 26, 1967, as amended, the provisions of those Acts shall prevail.
(Source: P.A. 81-358.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/14) (from Ch. 8, par. 714)
    Sec. 14. Any person affected by a final administrative decision of the Department may have such decision reviewed judicially by the circuit court of the county wherein the person resides, or in the case of a corporation, the county where its registered office is located. If the plaintiff in the review proceeding is not a resident of this State, the venue shall be in Sangamon County. The Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department hereunder. The term "administrative decision" is defined in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    The Department may not be required to certify the record of the proceeding unless the plaintiff in the review proceedings first pays the sum of 75¢ per page of such record. Exhibits shall be certified without cost.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 715)
    Sec. 15.
    If any provision of this Act is declared unconstitutional, or the applicability thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, by a court of competent jurisdiction, the constitutionality of the remainder of this Act and the applicability thereof to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
(Source: P.A. 78-905.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/16)
    Sec. 16. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07. Repealed by P.A. 95-560, eff. 8-30-07.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/16.1)
    Sec. 16.1. Defenses. It is not a defense to violations of this Act for the person committing the violation to assert that he or she had rights of ownership in the animal that was the victim of the violation.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/16.2)
    Sec. 16.2. Corporations. Corporations may be charged with violations of this Act for the acts of their employees or agents who violate this Act in the course of their employment or agency.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/16.3)
    Sec. 16.3. Civil actions. Any person who has a right of ownership in an animal that is subjected to an act of aggravated cruelty under Section 3.02 or torture under Section 3.03 in violation of this Act or in an animal that is injured or killed as a result of actions taken by a person who acts in bad faith under subsection (b) of Section 3.06 or under Section 12 of this Act may bring a civil action to recover the damages sustained by that owner. Damages may include, but are not limited to, the monetary value of the animal, veterinary expenses incurred on behalf of the animal, any other expenses incurred by the owner in rectifying the effects of the cruelty, pain, and suffering of the animal, and emotional distress suffered by the owner. In addition to damages that may be proven, the owner is also entitled to punitive or exemplary damages of not less than $500 but not more than $25,000 for each act of abuse or neglect to which the animal was subjected. In addition, the court must award reasonable attorney's fees and costs actually incurred by the owner in the prosecution of any action under this Section.
    The remedies provided in this Section are in addition to any other remedies allowed by law.
    In an action under this Section, the court may enter any injunctive orders reasonably necessary to protect animals from any further acts of abuse, neglect, or harassment by a defendant.
    The statute of limitations for a violation of this Act is 2 years.
(Source: P.A. 95-868, eff. 8-20-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/16.4)
    Sec. 16.4. Illinois Animal Abuse Fund. The Illinois Animal Abuse Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. Moneys in the Fund may be used, subject to appropriation, by the Department of Agriculture to investigate animal abuse and neglect under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-454, eff. 1-1-02.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/16.5)
    Sec. 16.5. Emergency care to an animal; immunity from civil liability. Any person, including without limitation any person licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 or licensed as a veterinarian in any other state or territory of the United States, who in good faith provides emergency care or treatment without fee to an injured animal or an animal separated from its owner due to an emergency or a disaster is not liable for civil damages as a result of his or her acts or omissions in providing or arranging further care or treatment, except for willful or wanton misconduct.
(Source: P.A. 95-868, eff. 8-20-08.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/17)
    Sec. 17. Penalties.
    (a) Any person convicted of any act of abuse or neglect or of violating any other provision of this Act, for which a penalty is not otherwise provided, or any rule, regulation, or order of the Department pursuant thereto, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense.
    (b) The Department may enjoin a person from a continuing violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-560, eff. 8-30-07.)

 

    (510 ILCS 70/18)
    Sec. 18. Cross-reporting.
    (a) An animal control officer, Department investigator, or approved humane investigator who has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child is being abused or neglected or is in danger of being abused or neglected must immediately make a written or oral report to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    (b) Investigation Specialists, Intact Family Specialists, and Placement Specialists employed by the Department of Children and Family Services who reasonably believe that an animal observed by them when in their professional or official capacity is being abused or neglected in violation of this Act must immediately make a written or oral report to the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare. However, the Department of Children and Family Services may not discipline an Investigation Specialist, an Intact Family Specialist, or a Placement Specialist for failing to make such a report if the Specialist determines that making the report would interfere with the performance of his or her child welfare protection duties.
    (c) Except for willful and wanton misconduct, any person, institution, or agency described in subsection (a) or (b), participating in good faith in the making of a report or referral, or in the investigation of such a report or referral, or in making a disclosure of information concerning reports of abuse or neglect under this Act, shall have immunity from any liability, civil, criminal, or otherwise, that might result by reason of such actions.
    (d) The identity of any person who reports animal abuse or neglect under subsection (a) or (b) shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except as specifically authorized by this Act or other applicable law.
    (e) A home rule unit may not regulate the reporting of child abuse or neglect in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of this Section. This Section is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State.
(Source: P.A. 96-494, eff. 8-14-09.)
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Government Issues

Well some time ago (about 5 months) a county employee went to her superior, County Chairman, and committee chairman, to bring light of irregularities going on Animal Control with the Administrator. Since then, the county employee has been verbally harrassed, humiliated, and wrongfully terminated. When the employee made the call to contact the superiors of the Administrator, nothing was done. Since her allegations, she was recently fired because she refused to sign a contract to work for the county. There is confusion within this county government whether she was at-will employee or a contracted employee as there are different policies set up for each defination, at-will employees, have a policy with several procedures in place before termination, and a contracted employer don’t have these luxuries their just terminated. After employee refused to sign the contract and said she was being relieved of her duties effective immediately due to poor job performance. Since the employee has been terminated the county has come together as one to support our animal control warden. The committee in which is in charge of Animal Control wasn’t too thrilled to find out that this was getting public attention, so now the committee is trying to sweep it under the rug as usual with Iroquois County. Chairman of the board has recommended that the tax committee refrain from the invesitigation into allegations as it pertains to board members on that committee. Tax Chair seemed to be refusing to take the recommendation from the FULL county board. Also, the county is in the dog house so to speak, as some board members done research in support of the warden, and it shows that Iroquois County is breaking the law of a state statute, as Iroquois County DOES NOT have a license to operate, which is a misdeamor offense with a fine of up to $500.00 per day they are in violation, but according to our esteemed state’s attorney is says that the state statute defines it as the administrator and/or vet in charge has a state license in which he does. But this wouldn’t be the first time that the state’s attorney has failed Iroquois County from corruption as Edgar County Watchdogs has reveiled that, in several of their posts. Not only we are illegal without the license we don’t officially have an administrator for the county as per county policy, the animal control administrator must be appointed by the board and for a period of 2 years. State’s attorney advises that since he was still being paid for these services he provides, he is still in fact the administrator, but the county needs to reappointment or appoint someone else as soon as possible. So has there been anything done about any of this, of course not, it’ll be tabled on the next county board meeting and the next tax committee meeting.

The county wants us residents to forget about it and then it’ll all be done and overwith and it can be swept under the rug once again. WCIA 3 Channel 3, The Times RepublicWGFA Radio, & The Daily Journal has been keeping the public informed and keeping Iroquois County transparent as any government agency is supposed to be.

The one good thing that has happened to the county out of this meeting.  After several attempts to change the monthly board meetings to an evening time to allow more/all board members to the meetings and the general public will be able to attend and see what the county is keeping from us if official. Starting in January 2018 board meetings will start at 6:00pm. There was opposition from this being changed once again. They pretty much said they only want the public to attend the meeting and take time out of their working schedule to bring it to the boards attention, other than that they don’t want the public informed of whats going on.

You can view the video recording of this full county board meeting here, tax committee meeting here and other board meetings and committee meetings here.

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Iroquois County Board Member & Tax Committee Chairman Marvin Stichnoth interviewed by WCIA 3 News

Besties

I can say that I have found me a new best friend and the best thing is that he is gay also. I now have someone that I can relate to and we can just kick it and have fun and I can be myself all the time whenever I want when I am hanging with him unlike my other friends I can’t, or when I am they can’t relate to everything that I am going through or understand anything haha lol.

 

I’m just glad that I am not the only gay guy around here now and is close to where I live and we get to kick it almost all the time haha lol. Thank god for best friends.

Another Rant

Well I can say that I am fed up with everything, and I am looking for another place to live and no one is going to be coming with me. Hopefully by the end of November, I will have found me a suitable place for me away from all of the bullshit that I am around 24/7.

I’m to the point to where I don’t even want to be awake anymore. I force myself to sleep all the time if I’m not out doing something with friends having my me time, as I have no feeling when I’m at “home”. I’m the one that buys the groceries around here, and people can’t even keep the kitchen clean so that I or my mother can cook. They would rather soak up the A/C and eat up the food that I buy all at once. Hell its bad when you have to hide food because people love to eat it all up at once, but it does no good to hide it because they come in your room when your sleeping and snoop and find it, but your not allowed in their room, even though they don’t pay the rent. I’m just fed up with everything here.

I’m to the point where I would rather kill myself if I can’t make myself sleep. When you feelings like this, its best to say fuck it and find somewhere else to live and leave everything behind. I know I have a few city locations I have chosen of where to live, and they include Indianapolis and Champaign-Urbana and a few others, but preferrably Indianapolis as it is on of the furthest cities away from where I am currently, and I won’t have a reason to come back as it will be too far of a drive but not to far if there’s an emergency.

I’m just tired and about to give up on everything, and by moving, this would be the best option for me that I have left, I am currently looking at 3 bedrooms, that way if my mom wants to come and the guy I take care of that currently lives with me, wants to come they can but if they choose that they don’t wanna come with me, then I will narrow my choices down to 1-2 bedrooms, preferrably 2 then, that way I have a guest bedroom for whoever wants to come and stay. I DO NOT want a studio apartment, as that is just way too fucking small for me, as I like space, and that is something that I want and need. But I still have aobut two months before anything, So, I still have time to explore my options of what I want to rent and the location of what I want to call home.

Grow Up

People need to just grow the fuck up and get over themselves. I have my niece here for the day and her so-called grandmother is bein a total bitch to her for no reason. Just because she don’t want her around someone. I could understand her point if this person done something but he hasn’t done anything, as he would do anything in the world for my 4 year old neice. All she wanted was to be in the living room with me and him but that was a NO. Each time she tried to come into the living room she would get yelled and told she could only be in the kitchen. How can you “lock up” a child in the kitchen, all because you want to be a bitch. I got news for you this isn’t going to keep happening because my mouth is getting ready to open up and people aren’t going to like what I have to say and what I’m going to do. What’s the worse that she can do, call my probation officer? Big deal, because he already knows whats going on in my house because I tell him all the time and email him constantly letting him know what is going on as he wants to know what is going on in my life. He knows the dynamics that I am living with and have to deal with on a daily basis and they have tried to fuck me over before and succeeded but this time it isn’t gonna happen.

So since she won’t let my niece come into the living room and watch tv and be a kid, I am sitting in the kitchen with her while I’m writing this, and watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas with her so that she can enjoy her movies since she can’t in the living room on my smart tv.

Humanity & Compassion

Anymore I just don’t understand people. I have been hearing some depressing news about a best friend that I have distanced myself from due to their drug use, but that is their business. I’ve been told my this friend is so messed up that I wouldn’t even recognize them if I saw them in public because all they are is skin covering bone. I wish there was something that I could do but there isn’t, and I know they won’t listen to me or anything because trust me, I have tried before on several occasions and it didn’t work and they wouldn’t listen. It just breaks my heart to hear these things that I am hearing.

Then I hear about another friend but more of an acquaintance than a friend, and they are hard up on the drugs as well. People have bets on their lives on who is going to overdose first and die from it.

I can’t wrap my head around it, how anyone can bet on someone’s life little lone on two lives and which one is gonna die first. What has this world come too. This is just way too much. Lives do matter, even if they have addictions. A lot of people think that by sending these addicts to prison they will get the rehab that they need. You know what, that don’t happen. The drugs are in the prisons just as much as they are on the streets. The prisons are corrupt with guards trafficking it in, so how is that helping. All it is doing is wasteing taxpayers dollars to imprison someone when our own justice system keeps feeding it them. Not everything is going to be perfect, I get that, I truly do. We need more help and education. Especially the education, because you know I didn’t know anything about meth or anything of the like. All I knew about meth was you could loose weight from it, and herion you used a needle for. That was all I knew about it. I wasn’t educated on the harsh reactions these hard drugs could do to your body. I can say that I have been clean for 7 months from meth and marijuana and have never done any other drug. The only help I got to get me clean, was jail. It was a wake up call for me, I do know that.

There’s needs to be more help out there for people with drug addictions, and more in-patient rehab facilities available. Especially in the rural communities like the one that I live in and have grown up in. People say the reason we don’t have the help or facilities in our rural communities is because of politics. I can’t just blame the politics on it. Yes, politics does have some to do with it but not all of it. There isn’t enough trained professionals in our areas to have these places. We don’t have the income median either.

We need to come together as a community, a state, and a country and help each other when we need it. Just because someone uses drugs, doesn’t mean you get the right to bet on their life of when their gonna die. How would you feel if someone done that to you or one of your children, grandkids, nieces or nephews, etc. You sure as hell woud be pissed off, because I know I would.

Jason!

Well today is the birthday of my nephew Jason. Today he would’ve been 19 years old. He died when he was only 18 years old of an ATV accident. He wasn’t in the care of his biological parents nor did we know of his whereabouts. He was in the care of his adoptive parents. We just informed a few months before he passed by his biological mother that she put him up for adoption, and didn’t even notify my brother about anything. It is a long and painful story.

I have thought of Jason every day since the very last time that I saw him when I was a young child when his mother and my brother went back to Peoria after spending the weekend with us, and that was the last time that I had ever saw him. Jason had so much ahead of him, he was still so young and vibrant and a bright future to look forward to. When we found out that he was adopted out that’s when had reached out to some friends that knew how to find information out on adoptions and if anyone had rights to contact him. Ultimately, it was too late for all of that.

Still to this day, I blame his father (my brother and his biological mother) for why Jason is not with us today. When the last time I saw him, I asked them to stay just for a couple more days, they wouldn’t stay. And for that reason, I blame both parties for why I know longer have my nephew and have never seen him since and never will.

What’s bad is that I can’t go to the cemetary and see him and pay my respects, because he wasn’t buried, he was cremated, so I can’t apologize to him for trying to keep him for a couple more days and maybe he would still be alive to this day.

Jason I love you always have and always will and think of you all the time!

#ProtectTransTroops

President Donald Trump declared when running for president that he would support the LGBTQ community and be an ally. On June 14, 2016 he tweeted thanking the LGBT community and reminding us (LGBT community) he will fight for us! Well he has has lied to us once again.

He has tweeted out on July 26, 2017 that he will not allow or accept Transgendered individuals to serve in any capacity of the US Military. By doing this, this will be discharging 15,000+ active military service members in the US Military.

We as Americans must stand together against our bigoted president and let him know that we can not allow him to dismantle our rights and freedoms.

National Sibling Day

Well hell I seen my brother shared a post on Facebook today about National Sibling Day and mentioned his two sisters and his non blood siblings and nothing about me or his other brothers. When I seen that, it just hurt me. My heart had just dropped and has made my depression coke back into play today as I was feeling pretty good today for the first time in a couple of weeks.

You know what yea we have our differences on so many things that we barely relate to anything at all but we are still siblings. He couldn't even acknowledge me and that's what hurts me the most. This is the first time that he has ever done this. I'm gonna try and not let this get to me but I guess it is what it is. Life must go on.

Team iPhone

Well I can say that I am officially back on #TeamiPhone after a short hiatus (5 months). I can say that I am so glad that I am glad that I am back with my iPhone. I have been so lost without having an iPhone. I was using an Android phone and I can say that it totally sucked ass and didn’t have any of the features that I came to love that Apple offers. I can say that I won’t ever go back to Android and will stick to iPhone and everything Apple.