Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article IV - Regulations

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)