Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Chapter 3 - Animals [3-1]

The inva­lid­i­ty of any sec­tion or parts of any sec­tion of this Chap­ter or any rule or reg­u­la­tion pur­suant there­to shall not affect the valid­i­ty of the remain­der of this Chap­ter, or any rule or reg­u­la­tion.

(Ord. No. 2010–16; 07–19–10 gen­er­al­ly.)

Any­one enforc­ing the pro­vi­sions of this Chap­ter shall not be held respon­si­ble for any acci­dent or prop­er­ty dam­ages which may occur while in the pur­suit of any dog or oth­er ani­mal.

Any vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter which con­sti­tutes a pub­lic nui­sance, when a con­vic­tion is had, may, by order of the court before which the con­vic­tion is had, be abat­ed by the Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors, Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens, the Sher­iff or oth­er prop­er offi­cer, at the expense of the defen­dant.

Each day a vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter is con­tin­ued con­sti­tutes a sep­a­rate offense.

In addi­tion to any oth­er penal­ties imposed by this Chap­ter, any per­son who vio­lates any pro­vi­sion of this Chap­ter shall be guilty of a pet­ty offense and fined not more than One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00).

The reim­burse­ment sched­ule for any claims under Sec­tion 19 of the Act shall be as fol­lows:

(A) Goats.  Thir­ty Dol­lars ($30.00) per head.

(B) Cat­tle, Six (6)_Months or Old­er.  Three Hun­dred Dol­lars ($300.00) per head.

(C) Calves, Less Than Six (6)_Months of Age.  One Hun­dred Fifty Dol­lars ($150.00) per head.

(D) Hors­es.  Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00) per head.

(E) Mules.  Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00) per head.

(F) Swine.  Fifty Dol­lars ($50.00) per head.

(G) Turkeys.  Five Dol­lars ($5.00) per head.

(H) Sheep.  Thir­ty Dol­lars ($30.00) per head.

(I) Poul­try, Oth­er Than Turkeys.  One Dol­lar ($1.00) per head.

The max­i­mum amounts here­in above set forth may be increased fifty per­cent (50%) for ani­mals for which the own­er can present a cer­tifi­cate of reg­istry of the appro­pri­ate breed asso­ci­a­tion or orga­ni­za­tion.

Each and every part of the Act is incor­po­rat­ed into this Chap­ter by ref­er­ence and made a part of this Chap­ter.  A vio­la­tion of any pro­vi­sion of the Act shall be a vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter and shall be sub­ject to penal­ties as set forth in this Chap­ter.

For the pur­pose of car­ry­ing out the pro­vi­sions of this Chap­ter and mak­ing inspec­tions here­un­der, the Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors, Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens or any peace offi­cer may enter upon pri­vate premis­es to appre­hend a stray ani­mal, a dan­ger­ous dog or any oth­er ani­mal thought to be infect­ed with rabies or to inves­ti­gate any oth­er sus­pect vio­la­tion of the Act or this Chap­ter.  If, after request there­fore, the own­er of such ani­mal shall refuse to deliv­er the dog or oth­er ani­mal to the offi­cer, the own­er shall be in vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter and such ani­mal may be imme­di­ate­ly impound­ed.

Mo per­son shall have a right of prop­er­ty in, keep, har­bor, care for, act as cus­to­di­an of or main­tain in his pos­ses­sion any dan­ger­ous ani­mal.

(Ord. No. 2010–24; 10–18–10)

(A) Any per­son hav­ing knowl­edge that any per­son has been bit­ten by an ani­mal shall imme­di­ate­ly noti­fy the Admin­is­tra­tor or, if the Admin­is­tra­tor is not a vet­eri­nar­i­an, the Deputy Admin­is­tra­tor.

(B) It is unlaw­ful for the own­er of any ani­mal which has bit­ten a per­son to euth­a­nize, sell, give away, or oth­er­wise dis­pose of any ani­mal known to have bit­ten a per­son, until it is released by the Admin­is­tra­tor or, if the Admin­is­tra­tor is not a vet­eri­nar­i­an, the Deputy Admin­is­tra­tor, or his autho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

(C) It is unlaw­ful for the own­er of any ani­mal which has bit­ten a per­son to refuse or fail to com­ply with the rea­son­able writ­ten or print­ed instruc­tions made by the Admin­is­tra­tor or, if the Admin­is­tra­tor is not a vet­eri­nar­i­an, the Deputy Admin­is­tra­tor, or his autho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive.  Any vio­la­tion of this sub­sec­tion (C) shall result in imme­di­ate impound­ment of such ani­mal.

In case the own­er of any impound­ed ani­mal desires to make redemp­tion there­of, he or she may do so by doing the fol­low­ing:

(A) Pay­ing for the rabies inoc­u­la­tion of the dog or cat and reg­is­tra­tion, if applic­a­ble; and

(B) Pay­ing a board­ing fee of, pur­suant to Sec­tion 10(c) of the Act, for the peri­od the ani­mal was impound­ed at a rate of Eight Dol­lars ($8.00) per day; and

(C) Pay­ing an addi­tion­al impound­ment fee of Twen­­­ty-Five Dol­lars ($25.00) pur­suant to Sec­tion 10(d) of the Act; and

(D) Pay­ing a Twen­­­ty-Five Dol­lar ($25.00) pub­lic safe­ty fine to be deposit­ed into the Pet Pop­u­la­tion Con­trol Fund; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, such fine shall be waived if it is the animal’s first impound­ment and the own­er has the ani­mal spayed or neutered with­in four­teen (14) days; and

(E) Com­ply­ing with all require­ments of the Act regard­ing the redemp­tion of impound­ed ani­mals.

Where any ani­mal is sub­ject to appre­hen­sion or impound­ment pur­suant to the Act or this Chap­ter, and the cap­ture of such ani­mal threat­ens the safe­ty of the Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors, Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens or any peace offi­cer, or where such ani­mal endan­gers the safe­ty of any per­son, such ani­mal may be destroyed by the Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors, Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens or any peace offi­cer.

The Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors, Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens and any peace offi­cer may appre­hend and impound the fol­low­ing ani­mals:

(A) Dogs which have bit­ten a per­son.

(B) Dogs four (4) months or more of age which have not been inoc­u­lat­ed against rabies by a licensed vet­eri­nar­i­an.

(C) Dogs four (4) months or more of age not on the premis­es of their own­er and which do not have cur­rent, valid rabies inoc­u­la­tion tag attached to their col­lar or har­ness.

(D) Dogs under four (4) months of age not on the premis­es of their own­er and which do not have an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tag spec­i­fy­ing the owner’s name, address and tele­phone num­ber attached to their col­lar or har­ness.

(E) Dogs wear­ing a cur­rent valid rabies inoc­u­la­tion tag or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tag which are not on the premis­es occu­pied by the dog’s own­er and are not accom­pa­nied or 
super­vised by the own­er and are not on a leash when a writ­ten com­plaint has been received by the Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens.

(F) Any stray ani­mal.

(G) Any ani­mal found in such con­di­tion or cir­cum­stances which pose or cre­ate a dan­ger to the animal’s health or well being which pose or cre­ate a dan­ger the health or well being of any per­son or the pub­lic.

(H) Any ani­mal found in such con­di­tion or cir­cum­stances that would con­sti­tute a vio­la­tion of the Act or this Chap­ter.

(A) Bark­ing Dog.  It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to own, keep, have in his pos­ses­sion or har­bor any dog which, by fre­quent whin­ing, yelp­ing, bark­ing, howl­ing or oth­er exces­sive noise which can be heard beyond the bound­ary or the premis­es of real prop­er­ty belong­ing to such per­son with such vol­ume and fre­quen­cy as to be a pub­lic nui­sance or dis­turb the peace.

(B) Accu­mu­la­tion of Ani­mal Waste.  It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son own­ing, keep­ing, hav­ing in his pos­ses­sion or har­bor­ing any ani­mal to allow or per­mit the unrea­son­able accu­mu­la­tion of excre­ment, urine, blood, vom­it, or oth­er ani­mal waste so as to be a pub­lic nui­sance or be dan­ger­ous to the health of human beings or ani­mals.

(C) Removal of Excre­ment.  It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son own­ing, keep­ing, hav­ing in his pos­ses­sion or har­bor­ing any ani­mal to allow or per­mit such ani­mal to defe­cate upon a pub­lic way, upon pub­lic prop­er­ty or upon the prop­er­ty of anoth­er, unless such per­son imme­di­ate­ly removes any excre­ment deposit­ed by such ani­mal.

(D) Ani­mal Odors.  It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son own­ing, keep­ing, hav­ing in his pos­ses­sion or har­bor­ing any ani­mal to allow or per­mit such ani­mal to cause any odors offen­sive to a rea­son­able per­son resid­ing in the vicin­i­ty, poten­tial­ly dan­ger­ous to health, or cre­at­ing any oth­er pub­lic nui­sance.

(E) Aban­don­ment of Ani­mal.  It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to dump or aban­don any ani­mal.

(F) Dan­ger­ous Dog; Leash Required.  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.

(A) It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son own­ing, keep­ing, hav­ing in his pos­ses­sion or har­bor­ing any ani­mal to fail to pro­vide the fol­low­ing to each of his ani­mals:

  1. suf­fi­cient quan­ti­ty of good qual­i­ty, whole­some food and water; or
  2. ade­quate shel­ter and pro­tec­tion from the weath­er; or
  3. vet­eri­nary care when need­ed to pre­vent suf­fer­ing; or
  4. humane care and treat­ment.

(B) 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 or peace offi­cer who has prob­a­ble cause to believe that this sub­sec­tion (B) 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) It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son who is the own­er or keep­er of any dog, bison, cat­tle, swine, sheep, goats, equidae, or geese to allow or per­mit such dog, bison, cat­tle, swine, sheep, goats, equidae, or geese to run at large on any pub­lic way, pub­lic prop­er­ty or pub­lic place or upon the pri­vate premis­es of any per­son oth­er than the premis­es of the own­er or keep­er of such dog.

(B) Any dog, bison, cat­tle, swine, sheep, goats, equidae, or geese found run­ning at large shall be appre­hend­ed and impound­ed.

(C) A dog found run­ning at large con­trary to the pro­vi­sions of this Sec­tion a sec­ond or sub­se­quent time must be spayed or neutered with­in thir­ty (30) days after being reclaimed unless already spayed or neutered; fail­ure to com­ply shall result in impound­ment.

(Ord. No. 2010–24; 10–18–10)

(A) Every dog which is required to be inoc­u­lat­ed against rabies under the pro­vi­sion of the Act or this Chap­ter, shall be pro­vid­ed by its own­er or keep­er with a col­lar or har­ness made of leather, met­al, or oth­er sub­stan­tial mate­r­i­al to which the own­er or keep­er shall cause a cur­rent rabies vac­ci­na­tion tag to be secure­ly attached.

(B) Every own­er of a dog under four (4) months of age shall have a tag spec­i­fy­ing the owner’s name, address and tele­phone num­ber attached to a col­lar or har­ness which shall be worn by the dog at all times.

(C) Any col­lar or har­ness required by this Sec­tion shall be worn by such dog at all times, except when such dog is con­fined to an enclosed area.

(A) Every own­er of a dog four (4) months or more of age shall cause such dog to be inoc­u­lat­ed against rabies by a licensed vet­eri­nar­i­an at such inter­vals which have been required by the Depart­ment and the Act.

(B) The fee for a rabies inoc­u­la­tion tag, as required by Sec­tion 8 of the Act, shall be Sev­en Dol­lars ($7.00) for a one (1) year tag and Four­teen Dol­lars ($14.00) for a three (3) year tag.

(C) It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to make or pro­duce a coun­ter­feit or forged rabies tag.

(D) It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to pos­sess a coun­ter­feit or forged rabies tag know­ing such rabies tag to be coun­ter­feit or forged or under such cir­cum­stances as would rea­son­ably induce him to believe the rabies tag was coun­ter­feit or forged.

(Ord. No. 2010–24; 10–18–10)

(A) The Trea­sur­er shall estab­lish an Ani­mal Con­trol Fund.

(B) All fines and fees col­lect­ed pur­suant to the Act and this Chap­ter shall be deposit­ed in the Ani­mal Con­trol Fund.

(C) All fines and fees deposit­ed in the Ani­mal Con­trol Fund shall be used for the fol­low­ing pur­pos­es:

  1. pay­ing for the costs of the Ani­mal Con­trol Pro­gram; and
  2. pay­ing claims for loss of live­stock or poul­try as set forth in Sec­tion 19 of the Act; and
  3. pay­ing the cost of stray dog con­trol and impound­ment; and
  4. pay­ing the cost of edu­ca­tion on ani­mal con­trol and rabies; and
  5. pay­ing oth­er costs incurred in car­ry­ing out the pro­vi­sions of the Act and this Chap­ter.

(D) Any fines and fees deposit­ed into the Ani­mal Con­trol Fund shall, pur­suant to inter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment, be applied so as to off­set a por­tion of the annu­al con­tri­bu­tions of all gov­ern­men­tal enti­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing, pur­suant to inter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment, in the Union Coun­ty Ani­mal Con­trol Pro­gram.

The Sher­iff, Sheriff’s deputies and munic­i­pal police offi­cers shall coop­er­ate with the Admin­is­tra­tor and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives in car­ry­ing out the pro­vi­sions of the Act and this Chap­ter.

The com­pen­sa­tion for the Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors, and Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens shall be fixed by the Board pur­suant to the annu­al bud­get of the Coun­ty.

(A) The Admin­is­tra­tor shall per­form all duties pre­scribed by the Act, the Code, this Chap­ter, any rules and reg­u­la­tions adopt­ed pur­suant to the Act or this Chap­ter and any oth­er law of the State.

(B) The Admin­is­tra­tor shall admin­is­ter the Ani­mal Con­trol Pro­gram.

(C) The Admin­is­tra­tor may appoint as many Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors and Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens to aid him as autho­rized by the Board.  Such appoint­ments shall be approved by a major­i­ty of the Coun­ty Board.

(D) The Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors and Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens may issue and serve cita­tions and orders for vio­la­tions of this Chap­ter, the Act and the Humane Care for Ani­mals Act.

(E) The Admin­is­tra­tor shall, through ster­il­iza­tion, humane edu­ca­tion, rabies inoc­u­la­tion, stray con­trol, impound­ment, quar­an­tine, and any oth­er means deemed nec­es­sary, con­trol and pre­vent the spread of rabies and to exer­cise dog and cat over­pop­u­la­tion con­trol.

(F) The Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors and Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens may use tran­quil­iz­er guns and oth­er non-lethal weapons and equip­ment to enforce the Act or this Chap­ter.

(G) The Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors and Ani­mal Con­trol War­dens may car­ry firearms with writ­ten approval of the Sher­iff and the Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er such firearms may only be car­ried for the pur­pose of enforc­ing this Chap­ter and the Act.  Any per­son car­ry­ing a firearm pur­suant to this Sec­tion must have com­plet­ed the train­ing course for peace offi­cers pre­scribed in the Peace Offi­cer Firearm Train­ing Act.  The cost of this train­ing shall be paid by the Coun­ty.

(H) The Admin­is­tra­tor shall inves­ti­gate and sub­stan­ti­ate all claims made under Sec­tion 19 of this Act.

(I) The Admin­is­tra­tor, Deputy Admin­is­tra­tors 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 the Humane Care for Ani­mals Act.

(J) The Admin­is­tra­tor shall report to the Board as request­ed by the Boar

For the pur­pos­es of this Chap­ter, the fol­low­ing terms shall be giv­en these def­i­n­i­tions:

(A) “Act” means the Illi­nois Ani­mal Con­trol Act, 510 ILCS 5/1 et seq.,and any reg­u­la­tions pro­mul­gat­ed there­un­der.

(B) “Admin­is­tra­tor” means a vet­eri­nar­i­an licensed by the State and appoint­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter, or in the event a vet­eri­nar­i­an can­not be found and appoint­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter, a non-vet­er­i­­­nar­i­an may serve as Admin­is­tra­tor under this Chap­ter.  In the event the Admin­is­tra­tor is not a vet­eri­nar­i­an, the Admin­is­tra­tor shall defer to the vet­eri­nar­i­an regard­ing all med­ical deci­sions.

(C) Ani­mal” means any ani­mal oth­er than man, which may be affect­ed by rabies.

(D) “Ani­mal Con­trol War­den” means any per­son hired by the Admin­is­tra­tor to per­form the duties assigned to that per­son by the Act, this Chap­ter, or the Admin­is­tra­tor.

(E) “Board” means the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of the Coun­ty.

(F) “Code” means the Code of Ordi­nances of the Coun­ty of Union, Illi­nois.

(G) “Con­fined” means restric­tion of an ani­mal at all times by the own­er, or his agent, to an escape-proof build­ing or oth­er enclo­sure away from oth­er ani­mals and the pub­lic.

(H) “Coun­ty” means the Coun­ty of Union, Illi­nois.

(I) “Dan­ger­ous Ani­mal” means a lion, tiger, leop­ard, ocelot, jaguar, chee­tah, mar­gay, moun­tain lion, lynx, bob­cat, jaguarun­di, bear, hye­na, wolf or coy­ote, or any poi­so­nous or life-threat­en­ing rep­tile.

(J) “Dan­ger­ous Dog” means a dan­ger­ous dog as defined in the Act.

(K) “Depart­ment” means the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture of the State.

(L) “Deputy Admin­is­tra­tor” means a vet­eri­nar­i­an licensed by the State, appoint­ed by the Admin­is­tra­tor and approved by the Board.

(M) “Dog” means all mem­bers of the fam­i­ly Canidae.

(N) 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.

(O) “Inoc­u­la­tion Against Rabies” means the injec­tion of an anti-rabies vac­cine approved by the Depart­ment.

(P) “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.

(Q) “Licensed Vet­eri­nar­i­an” means a vet­eri­nar­i­an licensed by and in good stand­ing with the State.

(R) “Own­er” means any per­son hav­ing the right of prop­er­ty in a dog or oth­er ani­mal, or who keeps or har­bors a dog or oth­er ani­mal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its cus­to­di­an, or who know­ing­ly per­mits a dog or oth­er domes­tic ani­mal to remain on or about any premise occu­pied by him.

(S) “Per­son” means any per­son, firm, cor­po­ra­tion, part­ner­ship, soci­ety, asso­ci­a­tion, or oth­er legal enti­ty, any pub­lic or pri­vate insti­tu­tion, the State, a munic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion or polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion of the State, or any oth­er busi­ness unit.

(T) “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 or this Chap­ter.

(U) “Run­ning At Large” means a dog allowed, suf­fered or per­mit­ted by its own­er, or any oth­er per­son, to roam, run or wan­der upon any pub­lic way, pub­lic prop­er­ty or pub­lic place or upon the pri­vate premis­es of any per­son oth­er than the premis­es of the own­er or keep­er of such dog when such dog is not under con­trol by leash or oth­er rec­og­nized con­trol meth­ods.  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.

(V) “Sher­iff” means the Sher­iff of the Coun­ty.

(W) “State” means the State ofIll­i­nois.

(X) “Stray Ani­mal” means any ani­mal not on the premis­es of the own­er or keep­er or under con­trol by leash or oth­er rec­og­nized con­trol meth­ods, and which does not, at that time and place, bear either (i) a cur­rent rabies inoc­u­la­tion tag issued pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of this Chap­ter, by means of which, by ref­er­ence to records of cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates, the Admin­is­tra­tor or his deputies or assis­tants may deter­mine the name and address of the own­er or keep­er there­of, or (ii) some oth­er means of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from which the Admin­is­tra­tor or his deputies or assis­tants may direct­ly deter­mine the name and address of the own­er and keep­er there­of.

(Y) “Trea­sur­er” means the Trea­sur­er of the Coun­ty.

This Chap­ter shall be lib­er­al­ly con­strued, to the end that health, safe­ty and wel­fare of the Peo­ple of the Coun­ty of Union, Illi­nois shall be fos­tered and pro­mot­ed.