Legislation

Legislation This page contains legislation that is important to dog owners and breeders in all states with an emphasis being on Illinois. As responsible dog owners we must be aware of laws, proposed Bills and legislation which could potentially affect our rights and our ability to own and enjoy dogs. Let your voice be heard and call your representative to voice your opposition to unfair bills.

Summary of Spring 2017 Illinois dog-related legislation

HB541 GUIDE DOG-RECK INJURY OR DEATH (BURKE K) Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that 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 (rather than while the guide, hearing, or support dog is in the discharge of its duties). Provides that a person may not recklessly 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. Provides that a person convicted of the reckless offense is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor 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. Provides that a second or subsequent violation of this offense is a Class 4 felony if the dog is killed or totally disabled, and the person convicted may be ordered by the court to make restitution to the person with a disability having custody or ownership of the dog for veterinary bill and replacement costs of the dog. Provides that a person convicted of this offense is guilty of a petty offense if the dog is not killed or totally disabled. Current Status: 1/24/2017 - Referred to House Rules Recent Status: 1/24/2017 - FIRST READING 1/24/2017 - Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Kelly M. Burke State Bill Page: HB541 HB638 DANGEROUS AND VICIOUS DOGS (CABELLO J) Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that if the Administrator, State's Attorney, or Director has investigated and determined that there exists probable cause to believe that a dog is a vicious dog, that official 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. Deletes language providing that a citizen of the county in which the dog exists may file a complaint to commence a hearing to deem a dog to be a vicious dog. Provides that the changes to this Section are only effective to causes of actions accruing on or after the effective date of the bill. Provides that 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, after determining that there exists probable cause to believe that a dog is a dangerous dog, ask the Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director, to deem a dog to be "dangerous". Effective immediately. Current Status: 1/24/2017 - Referred to House Rules Recent Status: 1/24/2017 - FIRST READING 1/24/2017 - Filed with the Clerk by Rep. John M. Cabello State Bill Page: HB638 HB708 CRIM PRO-ARREST-ANIMAL CRUELTY (WELCH E) Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Requires a peace officer to arrest without a warrant or issue a notice to appear to any person who violates the cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty, animal torture, or animal fighting offenses under the Humane Care for Animals Act, or the sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal or dogfighting offenses under the Criminal Code of 2012. If the person arrested is not the owner of the animal, the peace officer must use reasonable diligence to notify the owner and provide care for the animal until turned over to the owner or owner's agent. Provides for the recovery of cost of care and limited liability for actions taken under the arrest and care provisions. Effective immediately. Current Status: 1/25/2017 - Referred to House Rules Recent Status: 1/25/2017 - FIRST READING 1/25/2017 - Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch State Bill Page: HB708 HB812 STATE DESIGNATIONS-STATE PET (JIMENEZ - WOJCICKI S) Amends the State Designations Act. Provides that shelter dogs and shelter cats that are residing in or have been adopted from a shelter or rescue facility in this State are designated as the official State pet of the State of Illinois. Effective immediately. Current Status: 1/30/2017 - Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez Recent Status: State Bill Page: HB812 SB641 ANIMAL CONTROL-FERAL CATS (HOLMES L) Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that if the money from registration fees is placed in the county animal population control fund it may also be used for a purpose under the Food Stamp Program or the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program for a animal control facility, animal shelter, organization or resident (currently, resident) who humanely traps feral cats for spaying or neutering and return under a provision in the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Act. Provides that only the registration requirements, the registration fees, the microchipping requirements, and the microchipping fees under the Act do not apply to feral cats, rather than the entire Section shall not apply to feral cats. Provides that if no placement is available by an animal control facility, the dog or cat may (rather than shall) be humanely dispatched under the Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Act. Amends the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Act. Provides that a resident of State who owns a dog or cat and who is eligible for any government assistance, including the Food Stamp Program or the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program (rather than solely a resident eligible for the Food Stamp Program or the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program), shall be eligible to participate in the program at a reduced rate if the owner signs a consent form certifying that he or she is the owner of the dog or cat or is authorized to present the dog or cat for the procedure. Provides that an animal control facility, animal shelter, organization, or a resident of this State who humanely traps feral cats for spaying or neutering and return is eligible to participate in the program if recognized by the municipality or by the county. Effective immediately. Current Status: 1/25/2017 - Referred to Senate Assignments Recent Status: 1/25/2017 - FIRST READING 1/25/2017 - Filed with Secretary by Sen. Linda Holmes State Bill Page: SB641 SB672 ANIMALS-TECH (HARMON D) Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title. Current Status: 1/26/2017 - Referred to Senate Assignments Recent Status: 1/26/2017 - FIRST READING 1/26/2017 - Filed with Secretary by Sen. Don Harmon State Bill Page: SB672

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Summary of spring 2016 legislation

Pending Legislation that affects dog breeders/owners and kennel clubs as of 9 February 2016 HB4671: Animals-Adoption Control Amends the Illinois Animal Welfare Act. Changes the definition of "foster home". Removes the requirement for the animal shelter and animal control facility to post in writing the information provided to the adopter. Makes changes in how money from the county's animal population control fund may be used. Makes changes to provisions concerning documentation of rabies inoculations and the procedure for dog or other animal bites. Allows for a search and rescue dog that has bitten a person to continue to perform its duties under the supervision of its handler or owner. HB4961: Tail Docking Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that no person may tail dock a dog without a veterinarian attesting that the procedure is medically necessary. Provides that a violation of this provision is a Class A misdemeanor for the first conviction, and a second or subsequent conviction is a Class 4 felony. HB5004: Animal Devocalization Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that no person, except a veterinarian licensed in this State, using anesthesia, may surgically debark or silence a dog or cat. Provides that a veterinarian conducting a debarking procedure must file a written certification with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, stating that the surgical debarking or silencing is medically necessary to treat or relieve an illness, disease, or injury, or correct a congenital abnormality that is causing or will cause the dog or cat medical harm or pain. Provides that violation of this provision is a Class 3 felony and may have a fine of not more than $2,500 imposed or imprisoned up to 5 years, or both fined and imprisoned. HB5005: Animal Abuse Registry Provides that the Department of Agriculture shall create and maintain an animal abuse registry. Provides that any person 18 years of age or older that resides in or is domiciled in this State that has been convicted of cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty, or animal torture shall register with the Department of Agriculture within 30 calendar days after the date of conviction to be placed on the animal abuse registry. Failure to register is a Class B misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 4 felony for a subsequent violation. Prohibits a registered person from owning a companion animal or being employed at an animal shelter, pound, pet shop, zoo, or other business where companion animals are present. Effective immediately. HB5006: Pet Vendors Amends the Animal Welfare Act. Prohibits the sale, trade, or exchange of cats or dogs at flea markets, swap meets, roadside sales, or similar events even if the seller is licensed under the Act. Effective immediately. HB5010: Animal Abuse-Exposure Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that no owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat for a prolonged period of time to extreme heat or cold conditions in a manner that is detrimental to the animal's health. Effective immediately. SB2203: Animals-Adequate Shelter Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that each owner shall provide for each of his or her animals adequate shelter and adequate space. Defines "adequate shelter" and "adequate space". The AKC has legislative resources at: http://www.akc.org/government-relations/

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