Administrator: Trayce Johnson
As of January 1, 2006, Public Act 094-0639 will officially become law. In addition to the $25.00 pick up fee charged by Cass County, the State of Illinois will impose an additional $25.00 pick up fee to each time a dog is picked up.
There is a leash LAW, when you allow your dog to run loose, you are breaking the LAW! You will be fined. You are liable for any property damage and or medical bills that may occur from your dog's actions.
All Dogs will be held 7 days, then will be either sent to rescue or euthanized.
1st Pickup Fee: $50.00 ($25.00 of which will be reimbursed if pet is spayed or neutered within 14 calendar days of FIRST pick up date) with an additional cost to owner for Rabies Vac and Tag. Plus Boarding Fee.
2nd Pickup Fee: $75.00 At this time the animal will be by LAW ordered to be spayed or neutered at additional cost to the owner. Plus Boarding Fee
3rd Pickup Fee: $200.00 + Boarding Fee
4th Pickup Fee: $400.00 + Boarding Fee
5th Pickup Fee: $600.00 + Boarding Fee
Additional Cost as follows:
Boarding Fee $10.00/Per day
Rabies Vaccination & Tag $36.00 If Altered
Rabies Vaccination & Tag $46.00 Unaltered
You can be ordered by Law to get your dog micro chipped at any time, doesn't matter which pick up.
State Law Mandates
The General Maintenance rules for animal ownership mandated by the State of Illinois are as follows:
All animals must have adequate shelter protection from rain, sun, wind, etc.
All animals must be provided fresh food and water on a daily basis.
Vet care must be provided when necessary.
All dogs must be vaccinated for rabies at age 4 months, and kept vaccination current each year.
All dogs are required to wear their registration tags at all times.
All dogs in the city limits must be in a fenced yard, tied, or on a leash at all times. No dogs are allowed to run loose within city limits.
Any female dog season cannot be tied during her heat cycle, nor allowed to run at large. She is required to be confined in an area no other dogs can get to her (shed, basement, garage, etc).
To avoid unwanted animals being euthanized, all pets should be spayed or neutered. Please be a responsible pet owner!
Why to Neuter or Spay Your Pet
Altering is the surgical removal of the animals reproductive organs. SPAYING for females, NEUTERING for males, this is a one time surgery, with many benefits.
Reasons to Alter
Helps your pet to live a longer, healthier life.
Eliminates unwanted pregnancies & offspring.
Eliminates testicular & uterine cancer.
Reduces the chance of breast & prostrate cancer.
Reduces the desire for the animal to roam the neighborhood or fight.
Reduces urine marking behavior.
Not Enough Homes
It is estimated around 8 million animals have to lose their lives each year in U.S. shelters, because there are not enough homes for these animals.
Shelters are overburdened with surplus animals. If you cannot find a home for that cute pup or kitten, or can no longer handle a dog that was not trained, how do you think the shelter will?
Altering will NOT make your pet fat, overfeeding and lack of exercise do (remember your pet will no longer want to roam the neighborhood looking for a mate).
There is no medical evidence that having "just one litter" is beneficial in any way, and it is not a good learning experience for a child either, if the pup or kitten cannot find a home and ends up in a shelter.
Purebred animals make up between 25-40% of animals in shelters, so do not think that because your pups or kittens are purebred, they are assured of a long, safe life.
Altering does not affect the normal working behavior of your animal, in fact they are less distracted since the sexual urges are gone, they can now concentrate on their real work.
Hunting/working dogs are better able to focus on their jobs. Altered farm cats do not roam and are more likely to concentrate on catching mice.
Ways You Can Help
Have your animals altered, that eliminates any accidental pregnancy.
Educate those around you to the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation and benefits of altering. If others are irresponsible about pet care, it DOES affect you.
Every community spends a substantial portion of their budget on animal control. Your tax dollars could be better spent on such things as roads and education, not policing irresponsible pet owners.
Check with your local vet, animal control, humane or rescue groups for neuter/spay information in your area.
DEFINITION OF A DANGEROUS DOG:
ANY INDIVIDUAL DOG WHICH WHEN EITHER UNMUZZLED-UNLEASHED, OR UNATTENDED BY ITS OWNER, OR A MEMBER OF ITS OWNER'S FAMILY, IN A VICIOUS OR TERRORIZING MANNER, APPROACHES ANY PERSON IN AN APPARENT ATTITUDE OF ATTACK UPON STREETS, SIDEWALKS, OR ANY PUBLIC GROUNDS.
DANGEROUS DOG - CONTROL METHODS:
1. PLACING AN ANIMAL WITHIN AN ENCLOSED AUTOMOBILE, TRUCK,
OR OTHER VEHICLE NOT BEING USED AS A PUBLIC CONVEYANCE OF HUMANS, OR
2. SHIPPING AN ANIMAL ON A PUBLIC CONVEYANCE THAT IS
PROPERLY CONFINED IN A SHIPPING CONTAINER CONSPICUOUSLY
LABELED "DANGEROUS ANIMAL" AND CONSTRUCTED OF MATERIALS IN SUCH A MANNER TO PREVENT THE ANIMAL FROM BITING OTEÆR ANIMALS OR THE PUBLIC, OR
3. PROPERLY MUZZLING AN ANIMAL AND PLACING IT ON A LEASH OF
SUFFICIENT STRENGTH TO KEEP SUCH ANIMAL UNDER CONTROL, AND HELD BY A COMPETENT PERSON CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING SUCH ANIMAL, OR
4. CONFINING THE ANIMAL ON THE PREMISES OF THE OVAER IS SUCH A AS TO PREVENT ITS COMING IN CONTACT WITH OTHER ANIMALS OR THE PUBLIC.
THE OWNER OF ANY DANGEROUS DOG SHALL PROVIDE THE
ADMINISTRATOR WITH THE BREED, DESCRIPTION, NAME, AND LOCATION WHERE SUCH DOG CAN BE EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED AT ALL TIMES WHEN NOT ON LEASH OR UNDER DIRECT CONTROL OF ITS OWNER.
A DANGEROUS DOG WHEN NOT UNDER DIRECT CONTROL BY LEASH OR
OTHER RECOGNIZED CONTROL METHODS SHALL BE CONFINED IN SUCH A
MANNER AS TO PREVENT IT FROM ATTACKING OR INJURING ANY PERSON
WHO IS PEACEFULLY CONDUCTING HIMSELF WHERE HE LAWFULLY MAY BE
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.
A DANGEROUS DOG IS A HAZARD NOT ONLY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BUT ALSO TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. OUR JOB AS ANIMAL CONTROL IS TO HELP MAINTAIN THE LAWS THAT ARE IN PLACE BY NOT ONLY CITY OFFICIALS BUT ALSO STATE AND FEDERAL.
(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.)
CASS COMMUNITY ANIMAL CONTROL
Effective (08/01/2008) the cost to reclaim a dog that has been deemed dangerous, as defined by the Illinois Animal Control Act 510 ILCJ 5/2.05A, Section 2.05A, shall be $500 for the first offense. In addition, there will be a $100 safety fee. The dog must be spayed or neutered and micro chipped within 14 days of pickup. A boarding fee of $20 per day will be assessed and a pickup fee of $200. The owner must reclaim the dog and pay all costs incurred within 14 days of pickup. If the dog is not reclaimed, the dog will be humanely euthanized.
Upon the second offense a fine of $1000.00 will be imposed along with boarding fees of $20 per day.
A $1500.00 find will be imposed on the 3rd offense plus $20 per day boarding fee.
A 4th pickup will cause the dog to be humanely euthanized.