Bill Text: IL SB2313 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered


Bill Title: Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that ten dollars of the differential shall be placed either in a county animal population control fund (rather than or the State's Pet Population Control Fund). Provides that the dog's owner shall pay a $25 public safety fine to be deposited into the county animal control fund or the county pet population control fund (rather than $20 of which shall be deposited into the Pet Population Control Fund and $5 of which shall be retained by the county or municipality). Deletes language providing that an animal control agency shall assist and share information with the Director of Public Health in the collection of public safety fines. Provides that the owner of a biting animal must also remit a $25 public safety fine to be deposited into the county animal control fund (rather than to the Department of Public Health, for deposit into the Pet Population Control Fund). Provides that if a dog is found to be a vicious dog, the owner shall pay a $100 public safety fine to be deposited into the county animal control fund (rather than the Pet Population Control Fund). Provides that if a dog is deemed dangerous, a $50 public safety fine to be deposited into the county animal control fund (rather than the Pet Population Control Fund). Amends the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Act. Deletes language providing that the Director of Public Health must make an annual written report relative to the progress of the program to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor. Makes changes to the definitions of "Director" and "Department". Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-1)

Status: (Passed) 2018-08-10 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0787 [SB2313 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2313-Chaptered.html



Public Act 100-0787
SB2313 EnrolledLRB100 16402 SLF 31530 b
AN ACT concerning animals.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Animal Control Act is amended by changing
Sections 3, 9, 10, 13, 15, and 15.1 as follows:
(510 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 8, par. 353)
Sec. 3. The County Board Chairman with the consent of the
County Board shall appoint an Administrator. Appointments
shall be made as necessary to keep this position filled at all
times. The Administrator may appoint as many Deputy
Administrators and Animal Control Wardens to aid him or her as
authorized by the Board. The compensation for the
Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control
Wardens shall be fixed by the Board. The Administrator may be
removed from office by the County Board Chairman, with the
consent of the County Board.
The Board shall provide necessary personnel, training,
equipment, supplies, and facilities, and shall operate pounds
or contract for their operation as necessary to effectuate the
program. The Board may enter into contracts or agreements with
persons to assist in the operation of the program and may
establish a county animal population control program.
The Board shall be empowered to utilize monies from their
General Corporate Fund to effectuate the intent of this Act.
The Board is authorized by ordinance to require the
registration and may require microchipping of dogs and cats.
The Board shall impose an individual dog or cat registration
fee with a minimum differential of $10 for intact dogs or cats.
Ten dollars of the differential shall be placed either in a
county animal population control fund or in the State's Pet
Population Control Fund. All persons selling dogs or cats or
keeping registries of dogs or cats shall cooperate and provide
information to the Administrator as required by Board
ordinance, including sales, number of litters, and ownership of
dogs and cats. If microchips are required, the microchip number
may serve as the county animal control registration number.
In obtaining information required to implement this Act,
the Department shall have power to subpoena and bring before it
any person in this State and to take testimony either orally or
by deposition, or both, with the same fees and mileage and in
the same manner as prescribed by law for civil cases in courts
of this State.
The Director shall have power to administer oaths to
witnesses at any hearing which the Department is authorized by
law to conduct, and any other oaths required or authorized in
any Act administered by the Department.
This Section does not apply to feral cats.
(Source: P.A. 100-405, eff. 1-1-18.)
(510 ILCS 5/9) (from Ch. 8, par. 359)
Sec. 9. Any dog found running at large contrary to
provisions of this Act may be apprehended and impounded. For
this purpose, the Administrator shall utilize any existing or
available animal control facility or licensed animal shelter.
The dog's owner shall pay a $25 public safety fine to be
deposited into the county animal control fund or the county pet
population control fund , $20 of which shall be deposited into
the Pet Population Control Fund and $5 of which shall be
retained by the county or municipality. Funds transferred to or
retained by a municipality before the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly under this
paragraph shall continue to be transferred to and be retained
by that municipality. A dog found running at large contrary to
the provisions of this Act a second or subsequent time must be
spayed or neutered within 30 days after being reclaimed unless
already spayed or neutered; failure to comply shall result in
impoundment.
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.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05; 95-550, eff. 6-1-08.)
(510 ILCS 5/10) (from Ch. 8, par. 360)
Sec. 10. Impoundment; redemption. When dogs or cats are
apprehended and impounded, they must be scanned for the
presence of a microchip and examined for other currently
acceptable methods of identification, including, but not
limited to, identification tags, tattoos, and rabies license
tags. The examination for identification shall be done within
24 hours after the intake of each dog or cat. The Administrator
shall make every reasonable attempt to contact the owner as
defined by Section 2.16, agent, or caretaker as soon as
possible. The Administrator shall give notice of not less than
7 business days to the owner, agent, or caretaker prior to
disposal of the animal. Such notice shall be mailed to the last
known address of the owner, agent, or caretaker. Testimony of
the Administrator, or his or her authorized agent, who mails
such notice shall be evidence of the receipt of such notice by
the owner, agent, or caretaker of the animal. A mailed notice
shall remain the primary means of owner, agent, or caretaker
contact; however, the Administrator shall also attempt to
contact the owner, agent, or caretaker by any other contact
information, such as by telephone or email address, provided by
the microchip or other method of identification found on the
dog or cat. If the dog or cat has been microchipped and the
primary contact listed by the chip manufacturer cannot be
located or refuses to reclaim the dog or cat, an attempt shall
be made to contact any secondary contacts listed by the chip
manufacturer prior to adoption, transfer, or euthanization.
Prior to transferring the dog or cat to another humane shelter,
pet store, rescue group, or euthanization, the dog or cat shall
be scanned again for the presence of a microchip and examined
for other means of identification. If a second scan provides
the same identifying information as the initial intake scan and
the owner, agent, or caretaker has not been located or refuses
to reclaim the dog or cat, the animal control facility may
proceed with the adoption, transfer, or euthanization.
In case the owner, agent, or caretaker of any impounded dog
or cat desires to make redemption thereof, he or she may do so
by doing the following:
a. Presenting proof of current rabies inoculation and
registration, if applicable.
b. Paying for the rabies inoculation of the dog or cat
and registration, if applicable.
c. Paying the pound for the board of the dog or cat for
the period it was impounded.
d. Paying into the Animal Control Fund an additional
impoundment fee as prescribed by the Board as a penalty for
the first offense and for each subsequent offense.
e. Paying a $25 public safety fine to be deposited into
the county animal control fund or the county pet population
control fund Pet Population Control Fund; the fine shall be
waived if it is the dog's or cat's first impoundment and
the owner, agent, or caretaker has the animal spayed or
neutered within 14 days.
f. Paying for microchipping and registration if not
already done.
The payments required for redemption under this Section
shall be in addition to any other penalties invoked under this
Act and the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population
Control Act. An animal control agency shall assist and share
information with the Director of Public Health in the
collection of public safety fines.
(Source: P.A. 100-322, eff. 8-24-17.)
(510 ILCS 5/13) (from Ch. 8, par. 363)
Sec. 13. Dog or other animal bites; observation of animal.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (b) and (c)
of this Section, when the Administrator or, if the
Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator
receives information that any person has been bitten by an
animal, the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a
veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, or his or her
authorized representative, shall have such dog or other animal
confined under the observation of a licensed veterinarian. The
confinement shall be for a period of not less than 10 days from
the date the bite occurred and shall continue until the animal
has been examined and released from confinement by a licensed
veterinarian. The Administrator or, if the Administrator is not
a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator may permit such
confinement to be reduced to a period of less than 10 days.
(a-5) The owner, or if the owner is unavailable, an agent
or caretaker of an animal documented to have bitten a person
shall present the animal to a licensed veterinarian within 24
hours. A veterinarian presented with an animal documented to
have bitten a person shall make a record of the clinical
condition of the animal immediately. At the end of the
confinement period, the animal shall be examined by a licensed
veterinarian, inoculated against rabies, if eligible, and
microchipped, if the dog or cat has not been already, at the
expense of the owner. The veterinarian shall submit a written
report listing the owner's name, address, dates of confinement,
dates of examination, species, breed, description, age, sex,
and microchip number of the animal to the Administrator
advising him or her of the clinical condition and the final
disposition of the animal on appropriate forms approved by the
Department. The Administrator shall notify the person who has
been bitten, and in the case of confirmed rabies in the animal,
the attending physician or responsible health agency advising
of the clinical condition of the animal.
(a-10) When the Administrator or, if the Administrator is
not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator or his or her
authorized representative receives information that a person
has been bitten by an animal and evidence is presented that the
animal at the time the bite occurred was inoculated against
rabies within the time prescribed by law, the animal may be
confined in a house, or in a manner which will prohibit the
animal from biting a person, if the Administrator, Deputy
Administrator, or his or her authorized representative
determines the confinement satisfactory. The confinement shall
be for a period of not less than 10 days from the date the bite
occurred and shall continue until the animal has been examined
and released from confinement by a licensed veterinarian. The
Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian,
the Deputy Administrator may instruct the owner, agent, or
caretaker to have the animal examined by a licensed
veterinarian immediately. The Administrator or, if the
Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator
may permit the confinement to be reduced to a period of less
than 10 days. At the end of the confinement period, the animal
shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian and microchipped,
if the dog or cat is not already, at the expense of the owner.
The veterinarian shall submit a written report listing the
owner's name, address, dates of examination, species, breed,
description, age, sex, and microchip number of the animal to
the Administrator advising him or her of the clinical condition
and the final disposition of the animal on appropriate forms
approved by the Department. The Administrator shall notify the
person who has been bitten and, in case of confirmed rabies in
the animal, the attending physician or responsible health
agency advising of the clinical condition of the animal.
(a-15) Any person having knowledge that any person has been
bitten by an animal shall notify the Administrator or, if the
Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator
within 24 hours.
(a-20) It is unlawful for the owner of the animal to
conceal the whereabouts, euthanize, sell, give away, or
otherwise dispose of any animal known to have bitten a person,
until it is examined and released from confinement by the
Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian,
the Deputy Administrator, or licensed veterinarian. It is
unlawful for the owner of the animal to refuse or fail to
immediately comply with the instructions made by the
Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian,
the Deputy Administrator, or his or her authorized
representative. Any expense incurred in the handling of an
animal under this Section and Section 12 shall be borne by the
owner. The owner of a biting animal must also remit to the
Department of Public Health, for deposit into the Pet
Population Control Fund, a $25 public safety fine to be
deposited into the county animal control fund within 30 days
after notice.
(b) When a person has been bitten by a police dog that is
currently vaccinated against rabies, the police dog may
continue to perform its duties for the peace officer or law
enforcement agency and any period of observation of the police
dog may be under the supervision of a peace officer. The
supervision shall consist of the dog being locked in a kennel,
performing its official duties in a police vehicle, or
remaining under the constant supervision of its police handler.
(c) When a person has been bitten by a search and rescue
dog that is currently vaccinated against rabies, the search and
rescue dog may continue to perform its duties for the handler
or owner or agency and any period of observation of the dog may
be under the supervision of its handler or owner. The
supervision shall consist of the dog being locked in a kennel,
performing its official duties in a vehicle, or remaining under
the constant supervision of its handler or owner.
(d) Any person convicted of violating subsection (a-20) of
this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for a first
violation. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 4
felony.
(Source: P.A. 99-658, eff. 7-28-16.)
(510 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 365)
Sec. 15. (a) In order to have a dog deemed "vicious", the
Administrator, Deputy Administrator, or law enforcement
officer must give notice of the infraction that is the basis of
the investigation to the owner, conduct a thorough
investigation, interview any witnesses, including the owner,
gather any existing medical records, veterinary medical
records or behavioral evidence, and make a detailed report
recommending a finding that the dog is a vicious dog and give
the report to the State's Attorney's Office and the owner. The
Administrator, State's Attorney, Director or any citizen of the
county in which the dog exists 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. Testimony of a
certified applied behaviorist, a board certified veterinary
behaviorist, or another recognized expert may be relevant to
the court's determination of whether the dog's behavior was
justified. The petitioner must prove the dog is a vicious dog
by clear and convincing evidence. The Administrator shall
determine where the animal shall be confined during the
pendency of the case.
A dog may not be declared vicious if the court determines
the conduct of the dog was justified because:
(1) the threat, injury, or death was sustained by a
person who at the time was committing a crime or offense
upon the owner or custodian of the dog, or was committing a
willful trespass or other tort upon the premises or
property owned or occupied by the owner of the animal;
(2) the injured, threatened, or killed person was
abusing, assaulting, or physically threatening the dog or
its offspring, or has in the past abused, assaulted, or
physically threatened the dog or its offspring; or
(3) the dog was responding to pain or injury, or was
protecting itself, its owner, custodian, or member of its
household, kennel, or offspring.
No dog shall be deemed "vicious" if it is a professionally
trained dog for law enforcement or guard duties. Vicious dogs
shall not be classified in a manner that is specific as to
breed.
If the burden of proof has been met, the court shall deem
the dog to be a vicious dog.
If a dog is found to be a vicious dog, the owner shall pay a
$100 public safety fine to be deposited into the county animal
control fund Pet Population Control Fund, the dog shall be
spayed or neutered within 10 days of the finding at the expense
of its owner and microchipped, if not already, and the dog is
subject to enclosure. If an owner fails to comply with these
requirements, the animal control agency shall impound the dog
and the owner shall pay a $500 fine plus impoundment fees to
the animal control agency impounding the dog. The judge has the
discretion to order a vicious dog be euthanized. A dog found to
be a vicious dog shall not be released to the owner until the
Administrator, an Animal Control Warden, or the Director
approves the enclosure. No owner or keeper of a vicious dog
shall sell or give away the dog without approval from the
Administrator or court. Whenever an owner of a vicious dog
relocates, he or she shall notify both the Administrator of
County Animal Control where he or she has relocated and the
Administrator of County Animal Control where he or she formerly
resided.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain
any dog which has been found to be a vicious dog unless the dog
is kept in an enclosure. The only times that a vicious dog may
be allowed out of the enclosure are (1) if it is necessary for
the owner or keeper to obtain veterinary care for the dog, (2)
in the case of an emergency or natural disaster where the dog's
life is threatened, or (3) to comply with the order of a court
of competent jurisdiction, provided that the dog is securely
muzzled and restrained with a leash not exceeding 6 feet in
length, and shall be under the direct control and supervision
of the owner or keeper of the dog or muzzled in its residence.
Any dog which has been found to be a vicious dog and which
is not confined to an enclosure shall be impounded by the
Administrator, an Animal Control Warden, or the law enforcement
authority having jurisdiction in such area.
If the owner of the dog has not appealed the impoundment
order to the circuit court in the county in which the animal
was impounded within 15 working days, the dog may be
euthanized.
Upon filing a notice of appeal, the order of euthanasia
shall be automatically stayed pending the outcome of the
appeal. The owner shall bear the burden of timely notification
to animal control in writing.
Guide dogs for the blind or hearing impaired, support dogs
for persons with physical disabilities, accelerant detection
dogs, and sentry, guard, or police-owned dogs are exempt from
this Section; provided, an attack or injury to a person occurs
while the dog is performing duties as expected. To qualify for
exemption under this Section, each such dog shall be currently
inoculated against rabies in accordance with Section 8 of this
Act. It shall be the duty of the owner of such exempted dog to
notify the Administrator of changes of address. In the case of
a sentry or guard dog, the owner shall keep the Administrator
advised of the location where such dog will be stationed. The
Administrator shall provide police and fire departments with a
categorized list of such exempted dogs, and shall promptly
notify such departments of any address changes reported to him.
(c) If the animal control agency has custody of the dog,
the agency may file a petition with the court requesting that
the owner be ordered to post security. The security must be in
an amount sufficient to secure payment of all reasonable
expenses expected to be incurred by the animal control agency
or animal shelter in caring for and providing for the dog
pending the determination. Reasonable expenses include, but
are not limited to, estimated medical care and boarding of the
animal for 30 days. If security has been posted in accordance
with this Section, the animal control agency may draw from the
security the actual costs incurred by the agency in caring for
the dog.
(d) Upon receipt of a petition, the court must set a
hearing on the petition, to be conducted within 5 business days
after the petition is filed. The petitioner must serve a true
copy of the petition upon the defendant.
(e) If the court orders the posting of security, the
security must be posted with the clerk of the court within 5
business days after the hearing. If the person ordered to post
security does not do so, the dog is forfeited by operation of
law and the animal control agency must dispose of the animal
through adoption or humane euthanization.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)
(510 ILCS 5/15.1)
Sec. 15.1. Dangerous dog determination.
(a) 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 ask the
Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director, to deem
a dog to be "dangerous". No dog shall be deemed a "dangerous
dog" unless shown to be a dangerous dog by a preponderance of
evidence. The owner shall be sent immediate notification of the
determination by registered or certified mail that includes a
complete description of the appeal process.
(b) A dog shall not be declared dangerous if the
Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director
determines the conduct of the dog was justified because:
(1) the threat was sustained by a person who at the
time was committing a crime or offense upon the owner or
custodian of the dog or was committing a willful trespass
or other tort upon the premises or property occupied by the
owner of the animal;
(2) the threatened person was abusing, assaulting, or
physically threatening the dog or its offspring;
(3) the injured, threatened, or killed companion
animal was attacking or threatening to attack the dog or
its offspring; or
(4) the dog was responding to pain or injury or was
protecting itself, its owner, custodian, or a member of its
household, kennel, or offspring.
(c) Testimony of a certified applied behaviorist, a board
certified veterinary behaviorist, or another recognized expert
may be relevant to the determination of whether the dog's
behavior was justified pursuant to the provisions of this
Section.
(d) If deemed dangerous, the Administrator, or his or her
designee, or the Director shall order (i) the dog's owner to
pay a $50 public safety fine to be deposited into the county
animal control fund Pet Population Control Fund, (ii) the dog
to be spayed or neutered within 14 days at the owner's expense
and microchipped, if not already, and (iii) one or more of the
following as deemed appropriate under the circumstances and
necessary for the protection of the public:
(1) evaluation of the dog by a certified applied
behaviorist, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, or
another recognized expert in the field and completion of
training or other treatment as deemed appropriate by the
expert. The owner of the dog shall be responsible for all
costs associated with evaluations and training ordered
under this subsection; or
(2) direct supervision by an adult 18 years of age or
older whenever the animal is on public premises.
(e) The Administrator may order a dangerous dog to be
muzzled whenever it is on public premises in a manner that will
prevent it from biting any person or animal, but that shall not
injure the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration.
(f) Guide dogs for the blind or hearing impaired, support
dogs for persons with a physical disability, and sentry, guard,
or police-owned dogs are exempt from this Section; provided, an
attack or injury to a person occurs while the dog is performing
duties as expected. To qualify for exemption under this
Section, each such dog shall be currently inoculated against
rabies in accordance with Section 8 of this Act and performing
duties as expected. It shall be the duty of the owner of the
exempted dog to notify the Administrator of changes of address.
In the case of a sentry or guard dog, the owner shall keep the
Administrator advised of the location where such dog will be
stationed. The Administrator shall provide police and fire
departments with a categorized list of the exempted dogs, and
shall promptly notify the departments of any address changes
reported to him or her.
(g) An animal control agency has the right to impound a
dangerous dog if the owner fails to comply with the
requirements of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
Section 10. The Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal
Population Control Act is amended by changing Sections 10, 20,
25, 30, and 45 as follows:
(510 ILCS 92/10)
Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
"Director" means the Service Head for Shelter Medicine
Program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary
Medicine Director of Public Health.
"Department" means the University of Illinois College of
Veterinary Medicine Department of Public Health.
"Companion animal" means any domestic dog (canis lupus
familiaris) or domestic cat (felis catus).
"Fund" means the Pet Population Control Fund established in
this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)
(510 ILCS 92/20)
Sec. 20. Program established. The Department shall
establish and implement an Illinois Public Health and Safety
Animal Population Control Program by December 31, 2005. The
purpose of this program is to reduce the population of unwanted
and stray dogs and cats in Illinois by encouraging the owners
of dogs and cats to have them permanently sexually sterilized
and vaccinated, thereby reducing potential threats to public
health and safety. The program shall begin collecting funds on
January 1, 2006 and shall begin distributing funds for
vaccinations or spaying and neutering operations on January 1,
2007. No dog or cat imported from another state is eligible to
be sterilized or vaccinated under this program. Beginning June
30, 2007, the Director must make an annual written report
relative to the progress of the program to the President of the
Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the
Governor.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)
(510 ILCS 92/25)
Sec. 25. Eligibility to participate. A resident of the
State who owns a dog or cat and who is 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 by the eligible owner to present the dog or cat for
the procedure. An owner must submit proof of eligibility to the
Department. Upon approval, the Department shall furnish an
eligible owner with an eligibility voucher to be presented to a
participating veterinarian. A resident of this State who is
managing a feral cat colony and who humanely traps feral cats
for spaying or neutering and return is eligible to participate
in the program provided the trap, sterilize, and return program
is recognized by the municipality or by the county, if it is
located in an unincorporated area. The sterilization shall be
performed by a University of Illinois College of Veterinary
Medicine voluntarily participating veterinarian or supervised
veterinary student under the supervision of a veterinarian. The
co-payment for the cat or dog sterilization procedure and
vaccinations shall be $15.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)
(510 ILCS 92/30)
Sec. 30. Veterinarian participation. Any University of
Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarian or
supervised veterinary student may participate in the program
established under this Act. A veterinarian shall file with the
Director an application, on which the veterinarian must supply,
in addition to any other information requested by the Director,
a fee schedule listing the fees charged for dog and cat
sterilization, examination, and the presurgical immunizations
specified in this Act in the normal course of business. The dog
or cat sterilization fee may vary with the animal's weight,
sex, and species. The Director shall compile the fees and
establish reasonable reimbursement rates for the State.
The Director shall reimburse, to the extent funds are
available, participating veterinarians for each dog or cat
sterilization procedure administered. To receive this
reimbursement, the veterinarian must submit a certificate
approved by the Department on a form approved by the Director
that must be signed by the veterinarian and the owner of the
dog or cat or the feral cat caretaker. At the same time, the
veterinarian must submit the eligibility voucher provided by
the Department to the eligible owner. The Director shall notify
all participating veterinarians if the program must be
suspended for any period due to a lack of revenue and shall
also notify all participating veterinarians when the program
will resume. Veterinarians who voluntarily participate in this
sterilization and vaccination program may decline to treat
feral cats if they choose.
For all dogs and cats sterilized under this Act, the
Director shall also reimburse, to the extent funds are
available, participating veterinarians for (1) an examination
fee and the presurgical immunization of dogs against rabies and
other diseases pursuant to Department rules or (2) examination
fees and the presurgical immunizations of cats against rabies
and other diseases pursuant to Department rules. Reimbursement
for the full cost of the covered presurgical immunizations
shall be made by the Director to the participating veterinarian
upon the written certification, signed by the veterinarian and
the owner of the companion animal or the feral cat caretaker,
that the immunization has been administered. There shall be no
additional charges to the owner of a dog or cat sterilized
under this Act or feral cat caretaker for examination fees or
the presurgical immunizations.
(Source: P.A. 94-639, eff. 8-22-05.)
(510 ILCS 92/45)
Sec. 45. Pet Population Control Fund. The Pet Population
Control Fund is established as a special fund in the State
treasury. The moneys generated from the public safety fines
collected as provided in the Animal Control Act, from Pet
Friendly license plates under Section 3-653 of the Illinois
Vehicle Code, and from voluntary contributions must be kept in
the Fund and shall be used only to sterilize and vaccinate dogs
and cats in this State under pursuant to the program, to
promote the sterilization program, to educate the public about
the importance of spaying and neutering, and for reasonable
administrative and personnel costs related to the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)
(510 ILCS 92/15 rep.)
Section 15. The Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal
Population Control Act is amended by repealing Section 15.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.
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