Article I: Dogs

3-1-1 DEFINITIONS.

“AT LARGE”.  Any Dog shall be deemed to be at large when it is off the property of his owner and not under the control of a responsible person.

“DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE”.   Means the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois.

“INOCULATION AGAINST RABIES”.  Means the injection subcutaneously (shot given under the skin) or otherwise as approved by the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois of canine anti-rabie vaccine, approved by the Department of Agriculture.

“OWNER”.  For the purpose of this Code, the word “owner” means a person having a right of property in a dog or who keeps or harbors a dog, or who has dog in his care or who acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.

“RESTRAINT.”  A dog is under “restraint” within the meaning of this Code if he is controlled by a leash; at “heel” beside a responsible person or obedient to that person’s commands; with in a vehicle being driven or parked on the streets, or within the property limits of his owner or keeper.

3-1-2 DOGS TO BE INOCULATED AND TO HAVE NAME TAGS AFFIXED TO COLLARS.

(A)    Each calendar year or at such intervals as may hereafter be promulgated by the Department of Agriculture, every owner or keeper of a dog 4 months or more of age shall cause such dog to be inoculated against rabies. Such owner or keeper of such dog shall cause a serially numbered tag evidencing such inoculation to be attached to a collar or harness worn by the dog.

(B)    Every owner or keeper of a dog, regardless of age, shall cause the dog to wear a collar or harness and shall affix thereto a metallic or other suitable tag inscribed with the name, address and phone number, if any, of the owner or keeper of the dog.

3-1-3 INOCULATION TO BE PERFORMED BY LICENSED VETERINARIAN; ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE.

The inoculation of dogs required by Section 3-1-2(A) shall be performed by a veterinarian duly licensed to practice his profession in this State.  Upon performing such inoculation, such veterinarian shall issue to the owner or keeper a certificate showing such fact and shall also deliver to the owner or keeper a metallic or other suitable tag to be attached to the collar or harness of the dog, which tag shall also certify to the fact of the inoculation against rabies.

3-1-4 DURATION OF INOCULATION.  The inoculation performed under the provisions of Section 3-1-3 of this Chapter shall be effective until the expiration of the calendar year in which the vaccination was performed of the expiration of such period of time as may be promulgated by the Department of Agriculture.

3-1-5 SPECIFICATIONS FOR TAG.  The tag issued under the provisions of Section 3-1-3 of this Chapter shall be in such form as shall be determined by the Department of Agriculture.

3-1-6 EXHIBITION OF CERTIFICATE UPON REQUEST.  At any reasonable time upon request of any member of the Police Department or Village employee, the owner or keeper of any unmuzzled dog shall exhibit his certificate issued under the provisions of Section 3-1-3 of this Chapter, showing the inoculation against rabies of any dog owned or controlled by him.

3-1-7 RESTRAINT OF DOGS. The owner or keeper of a dog shall keep the dog under restraint at all times and shall not permit such dog to be at large, off the premises of the property of the owner or keeper, unless the dog is under complete control as defined in Section 3-1-1 of this Chapter.

3-1-8 IMPOUNDMENT OF DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE OR UNLICENSED DOGS; CITATION OF OWNER OR KEEPER.
(A)    It shall be the duty of such employees and officers of the Police Department as shall be designated for that purpose by the Mayor to take up and impound in such place as may be designated and set apart for that purpose, any dog found running at large or unlicensed in the Village, contrary to any of the provisions of this Chapter or other Codes of the Village.
(B)    When dogs are found running at large or unlicensed and their ownership is known to be the designated employee(s), such dogs may be impounded at the discretion of such employee(s), but the employee(s) may cite the owner of such dog to answer charges of violation of this Chapter.
(C)    Any dog permitted to run at large within the Village is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

3-1-9 NOTICE AND CITATION TO OWNER OR KEEPER OF IMPOUNDMENT.  In case of impounding and where the owner or keeper of such dog is disclosed by any tax or license tag worn by it, or is otherwise known to the officers impounding the same, the designated official shall make reasonable attempts to contact the owner, informing him of the impounding of his dog and shall cite the owner or keeper of such dog to answer charges of violation of this Chapter.

3-1-10 OBSTRUCTING POUND MASTER.  Any person(s) who shall bring any dog into the Village for the purpose of causing the same to be impounded or any person who shall resist, hinder or molest the pound master or dog catcher or police officer while engaged upon the duties imposed upon them by this Chapter, or any person who shall break into the dog pound and release or deliver any dog there from without having first paid the fees herein specified, or any owner or keeper of any dog who shall permit any dog to run at large within the corporate limits of the Village, upon conviction of any part of this Chapter shall be fined according to Section 1-1-20 of this Code.

3-1-11 IMPOUNDMENT OF DOGS WHICH HAVE BITTEN PERSONS.  Any dog which shall have bitten or otherwise injured any person so as to cause an abrasion of the skin shall be immediately taken, impounded and kept separated from other dogs for 14 days.  If, during that period, such dog develops symptoms of illness, a veterinarian shall be called to diagnose its condition.  If the symptoms disclosed are such as to indicate the presence of rabies, such dog shall be destroyed in such a manner, however, as to preserve intact the head, which shall thereupon be detached and immediately sent to the diagnostic laboratory of the Department of Agriculture.  In case such dog cannot be safely taken up and impounded, it may be shot, care being taken to preserve the head intact which shall thereupon be immediately detached and be delivered to the diagnostic laboratory of the Department of Agriculture.
    If, at the expiration of the 14 days no symptoms of rabies have developed in such dog so impounded, the same may be redeemed by the owner upon payment of the redemption fees and charges specified by this Chapter; provided, however, that in case any dog so impounded for biting a person shall have previously bitten any person, such dog shall be humanely destroyed by the pound keeper.  After having been notified that his dog has bitten or otherwise injured any person, the owner or keeper thereof shall not, under any circumstances, permit such animal to be at large unless securely muzzled.

3-1-12 IMPOUNDMENT.  Those persons charged with the duty of enforcing this Chapter may employ any method found practical and humane in capturing and impounding any dog found running at large.

3-1-13 VILLAGE POUND DESIGNATED.  The County Animal Control Center is hereby designated as the Village Pound.

3-1-14 DISPOSITION OF DOGS DEEMED NUISANCES.  Any dog which may, in any manner, continually disturb the quiet of any person or neighborhood or shall destroy or in any manner injure any animal, plant, shrub or other property not on the premises of its owner or keeper is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and such dog shall be taken up and impounded and may be redeemed or disposed of in the manner provided for under this Code. 

3-1-15 DANGEROUS DOG.  It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any fierce or dangerous dog to run at large with the limits of this Village.

Last Update: October 04, 2018