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ANIMALS
(510 ILCS 50/) Illinois Diseased Animals Act.

510 ILCS 50/1

    (510 ILCS 50/1) (from Ch. 8, par. 168)
    Sec. 1. For the purposes of this Act:
    "Department" means the Department of Agriculture of the State of Illinois.
    "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, or his duly appointed representative.
    "Contagious or infectious disease" means a specific disease designated by the Department as contagious or infectious under rules pertaining to this Act.
    "Contaminated" or "contamination" means for an animal to come into contact with a chemical or radiological substance at a level which may be considered to be harmful to humans or other animals if they come into contact with the contaminated animal or consume parts of the contaminated animal.
    "Reportable disease" means a specific disease designated by the Department as reportable under rules pertaining to this Act.
    "Animals" means domestic animals, poultry, and wild animals in captivity.
    "Exposed to" means for an animal to come in contact with another animal or an environment that is capable of transmitting a contagious, infectious, or reportable disease. An animal will no longer be considered as "exposed to" when it is beyond the standard incubation time for the disease and the animal has been tested negative for the specific disease or there is no evidence that the animal is contagious, except for animals exposed to Johne's disease. Animals originating from a herd where Johne's disease has been diagnosed will be considered no longer "exposed to" with a negative test. The negative test must have been conducted within 30 days prior to the sale or movement.
    "Swap meet" means an organized event where animals including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, or other animals customarily obtained as pets, are sold, traded, or exchange hands.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/2

    (510 ILCS 50/2) (from Ch. 8, par. 169)
    Sec. 2. It is the duty of the Department to investigate all cases or alleged cases coming to its knowledge of contamination or contagious and infectious diseases among animals within the State and to provide for the suppression, prevention, and extirpation of contamination or infectious and contagious diseases of such animals.
    The Department may make and adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this Act. No rule or regulation made, adopted or issued by the Department pursuant to the provisions of this Act shall be effective unless such rule or regulation has been submitted to the Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners for approval. All rules of the Department, and all amendments or revocations of existing rules, shall be recorded in an appropriate book or books, shall be adequately indexed, shall be kept in the office of the Department, and shall constitute a public record. Such rules shall be printed in pamphlet form and furnished, upon request, to the public free of cost.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/3

    (510 ILCS 50/3) (from Ch. 8, par. 170)
    Sec. 3. Upon its becoming known to the Department that any animals are infected, or suspected of being infected, with any contagious or infectious disease, or contaminated with any chemical or radiological substance, the Department shall have the authority to quarantine and to cause proper examination thereof to be made. If such disease is found to be of a dangerously contagious or dangerously infectious nature, or the contamination level is such that may be harmful to humans or other animals, the Department shall order such diseased or contaminated animals and such as have been exposed to such disease or contamination, and the premises in or on which they are, or have recently occupied, to be quarantined. The Department shall also have the authority to issue area-wide quarantines on animals and premises in order to control the spread of the dangerously contagious or infectious disease and to reduce the spread of contamination. The Department may, in connection with any such quarantine, order that no animal which has been or is so diseased, contaminated, or exposed to such disease or contamination, may be removed from the premises so quarantined and that no animal susceptible to such disease or contamination may be brought therein or thereon, except under such rules as the Department may prescribe.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/4

    (510 ILCS 50/4) (from Ch. 8, par. 171)
    Sec. 4. The Department may order the slaughter of any or all of such diseased, contaminated, or exposed animals.
    The Department may disinfect, and, if they cannot be properly disinfected, may destroy, all barns, stables, outbuildings, premises and personal property contaminated or infected with any such contaminant or contagious or infectious disease as in its judgment is necessary to prevent the spread of any such contaminant or disease; and may order the disinfection of all cars, boats or other vehicles used in transporting animals affected with any such contaminant or disease, or that have been exposed to the contaminant, contagion, or infection thereof, and the disinfection of all yards, pens and chutes that may have been used in handling such contaminated, diseased, or exposed animals.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/5

    (510 ILCS 50/5) (from Ch. 8, par. 172)
    Sec. 5. When the Department determines that any animal is affected with, or has been exposed to, any contagious or infectious disease, it may agree with the owner upon the value of the animal or of any property that it may be found necessary to destroy, and in case such an agreement cannot be made, the animals or property shall be appraised by three competent and disinterested appraisers, one to be selected by the Department, one by the claimant, and one by the two appraisers thus selected. The appraisers shall subscribe to an oath in writing to fairly value such animals or property in accordance with the requirements of this Act, which oath, together with the valuation fixed by the appraisers, shall be filed with the Department and preserved by it.
    Upon the appraisement being made, the owner or the Department shall immediately destroy the animals in a humane manner, dispose of the carcasses thereof, and disinfect, change or destroy the premises occupied by the animals, in accordance with rules prescribed by the Department governing such destruction and disinfection, and upon his failure so to do or to cooperate with the Department, the Department shall cause such animals or property to be destroyed and disposed of, and thereupon the owner shall forfeit all right to receive any compensation for the destruction of the animals or property.
(Source: P.A. 91-457, eff. 1-1-00.)

510 ILCS 50/6

    (510 ILCS 50/6) (from Ch. 8, par. 173)
    Sec. 6. Whenever quarantine is established in accordance with the provisions of this Act, notice shall be given by delivery in person or by mailing by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, to the owner or occupant of any premises so quarantined. Such notice shall be written or printed, or partly written and partly printed, with an explanation of the contents thereof. Such quarantine shall be sufficiently proved in any court by the production of a true copy of such notice of quarantine together with an affidavit, sworn to by the officer or employee of the Department who delivered or mailed such notice, containing a statement that the original thereof was delivered or mailed in the manner herein prescribed.
    Every quarantine so established shall remain in effect until removed by order of the Department. Any person aggrieved by any quarantine may appeal to the Department which shall thereupon sustain, modify or annul the quarantine as it may deem proper. Quarantines will be removed when epidemiological evidence indicates that the disease or contamination threat to humans or other animals no longer exists.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/7a

    (510 ILCS 50/7a) (from Ch. 8, par. 174a)
    Sec. 7a. All final administrative decisions of the Department hereunder shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

510 ILCS 50/9

    (510 ILCS 50/9) (from Ch. 8, par. 176)
    Sec. 9. The Department may promulgate and adopt reasonable rules and regulations to prevent the spread of any contamination or contagious or infectious disease within this State. If the condition so warrants, the Director may request the Governor to issue a proclamation quarantining an affected municipality or geographical district whereby all animals of the kind diseased or contaminated would not be permitted to be moved from one premises to another within the municipality or geographical district, or over any public highway, or any unfenced lot or piece of ground, or from being brought into, or taken from the infected or contaminated municipality or geographical district, except by a special permit, signed by the Director. Any such proclamation shall, from the time of its publication, bind all persons. Within one week after the publication of any such proclamation, every person who owns, or who is in charge of animals of the kind diseased or contaminated within the municipality or geographical district, shall report to the Department the number and description of such animals, their location, and the name and address of the owner or person in charge, and during the continuance of the quarantine to report to the Department all cases of sickness, deaths or births among such animals.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/10

    (510 ILCS 50/10) (from Ch. 8, par. 177)
    Sec. 10. The Department may promulgate and adopt reasonable rules and regulations to prevent the entry into Illinois of any animals which may be contaminated or infected with, or which may have been exposed to, any contaminant or contagious or infectious disease. If the condition so warrants, the Director may request the Governor to issue a proclamation whereby any animals contaminated or diseased or those exposed to disease and any carcasses or portions of carcasses, feed, seed, bedding, equipment or other material capable of conveying contamination or infection will be prohibited from entering Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/11

    (510 ILCS 50/11) (from Ch. 8, par. 178)
    Sec. 11. All claims against the State arising from the slaughter of animals as herein provided for, shall be made to the Department under such rules, not inconsistent with this Act, as the Department may prescribe.
    The Department shall, after inspection, hearing and inquiry by appraisers, in each case determine the amount which shall be paid on account of the animals so slaughtered, which amount shall be the fair market value in health thereof and not less than the net market value for meat consumption, provided that where the appraisals exceed the net market value for meat consumption in health thereof the payments shall not be in excess of the following amounts:
    (a) bovine species, for beef, dairy and breeding purposes $300 for any registered animal and $150 for any unregistered animal, but not to exceed an average value of $250 per head for all such registered animals in any herd and not to exceed an average value of $125 per head for such nonregistered animals in any herd;
    (b) equine species, $500 for any one animal;
    (c) swine, $50 per head for grade swine and $100 for any registered purebred animal or any breeding animal upon which a certificate of registration has been issued by an approved inbred livestock registry association;
    (d) sheep, not to exceed $25 for any unregistered sheep, and not to exceed $75 for any registered sheep.
    No value other than the market utility value of any such animal shall be allowed or fixed, however, unless a certificate of registration issued by the registry association, of the breed of such animal, recognized by the United States Government, is furnished to the appraisers. The appraisers shall report under oath the value of the animals, together with a statement of the evidence or facts upon which the appraisement is based, and the Department shall certify the appraisement. The Comptroller shall, upon presentation of the appraisement to him, draw his warrant upon the State Treasurer for the amount fixed by such appraisers in favor of the owner of the animals; provided, that where Federal authority authorizes the payment of part of the value of such animals the State shall only pay the balance of such appraisement fixed as aforesaid.
(Source: P.A. 92-85, eff. 7-12-01.)

510 ILCS 50/12

    (510 ILCS 50/12) (from Ch. 8, par. 179)
    Sec. 12. The Director and any employee of the Department, in the performance of his duties under this act, has power to call on sheriffs and their deputies, and police officers, mayors of cities, city and town marshals and policemen, to assist him in carrying out its provisions; and it is the duty of all such officers to assist in carrying out the provisions of this act when ordered so to do. The Director and any employees of the Department shall have, while engaged in carrying out the provisions of this act, the same powers and protection as other peace officers. It is unlawful for any such officer to fail or refuse to enforce the lawful orders and quarantine of the Department.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 288.)

510 ILCS 50/13

    (510 ILCS 50/13) (from Ch. 8, par. 180)
    Sec. 13. The Department shall cooperate with any commissioner or other officer appointed by the United States authorities, in connection with carrying out any provision of any United States Statute providing for the suppression and prevention of contamination or contagious and infectious diseases among animals, in suppression and preventing the spread of contamination or contagious and infectious diseases among animals in this State.
    The inspectors of the Animal Health Division of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Department of Agriculture have the right of inspection, quarantine and condemnation of animals affected with any contamination or contagious or infectious disease, or suspected to be so affected, or that have been exposed to any such contamination or disease, and for these purposes are authorized to enter upon any ground or premises. Such inspectors may call on sheriffs and peace officers to assist them in the discharge of their duties in carrying out the provisions of any such statute, referred to in the preceding paragraph, and the sheriffs and peace officers shall assist such inspectors when so requested. Such inspectors shall have the same powers and protection as peace officers while engaged in the discharge of their duties.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/14

    (510 ILCS 50/14) (from Ch. 8, par. 181)
    Sec. 14. The annual report of the Department to the Governor shall include an itemized statement of all moneys expended by it under this Act, including a statement of all damages recommended by it to be paid for animals slaughtered, and the amounts paid therefor.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 24.)

510 ILCS 50/15

    (510 ILCS 50/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 182)
    Sec. 15. Bulls, cows, heifers and other livestock accepted by individuals, trucks and other transportation companies for delivery into the State of Illinois, if unloaded en route for feed or water, shall be confined in pens under lock and key by the transportation company or individual accepting such shipment for delivery.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 24.)

510 ILCS 50/16

    (510 ILCS 50/16) (from Ch. 8, par. 183)
    Sec. 16. The obligations assumed by the transportation company at the original point of shipment shall extend to all connecting lines. No additions to the original consignments or substitutions en route shall be permitted by any transportation company.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 24.)

510 ILCS 50/17

    (510 ILCS 50/17) (from Ch. 8, par. 184)
    Sec. 17. When any cattle, swine, sheep or other domestic animals herein specified are consigned for delivery within the confines of the State of Illinois, they shall not be diverted en route or delivered to the owner or consignee at any other point within the State of Illinois, except that named in the original billing.
(Source: P.A. 91-457, eff. 1-1-00.)

510 ILCS 50/18

    (510 ILCS 50/18) (from Ch. 8, par. 185)
    Sec. 18. All railroad, truck, steamboat and other transportation companies that shall receive and ship cattle from any territory scheduled on account of Texas or splenic fever, shall immediately after such cattle are unloaded, and before the cars are used for any other purpose, cleanse and disinfect such cars, or quarters in which such cattle are shipped, in accordance with the rules and regulations that may hereafter be prescribed by the Department.
    All such companies unloading any diseased animals in any yards along the line of their roads or routes of travel, shall unload them in pens set apart especially for diseased animals, and shall allow no other animals to enter into or be placed in such pens.
    All stockyard companies or other receiving yards in the State of Illinois, receiving any such diseased animals, shall set apart certain portions of their yards for them, and shall conspicuously mark such yards and provide separate chutes, alleys and scales for such animals, and where the way-bills or bills of lading of the railroads delivering them show that they are the kind of animals hereinabove in this Section described, they shall be placed in that portion of the yards set apart for such animals, and in no case shall they be unloaded by any railroad, truck, steamboat or transportation company, in yards or pens other than those set apart from the exclusive receiving and yarding of such animals.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 24.)

510 ILCS 50/19

    (510 ILCS 50/19) (from Ch. 8, par. 186)
    Sec. 19. Any railroad, truck, transportation or stockyard company violating any of the provisions of Section 18, or any of the rules of the Department referred to therein, shall be guilty of a business offense and shall be fined in any sum not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each offense.
(Source: P.A. 90-385, eff. 8-15-97.)

510 ILCS 50/20

    (510 ILCS 50/20) (from Ch. 8, par. 187)
    Sec. 20. Any person who knowingly transports, receives or conveys into this State any animals, carcasses or portions of carcasses, feed, seed, bedding, equipment, or other material capable of conveying contamination or infection as defined and prohibited in a proclamation issued by the Governor under the provisions of Section 10 of this Act is guilty of a business offense, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000, for each offense, and shall be liable for all damages or loss that may be sustained by any person by reason of such importation of such prohibited animals, or prohibited materials, which penalty may be recovered in the circuit court in any county in this State into or through which such animals or materials are brought.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/21

    (510 ILCS 50/21) (from Ch. 8, par. 188)
    Sec. 21. Any person who, knowing that any contamination or contagious or infectious disease exists among his animals, conceals such fact, or knowing of the existence of such disease, sells any animal or animals so contaminated or diseased, or any exposed animal, or knowing the same, removes any such contaminated, diseased, or exposed animal from his premises to the premises of another, or along any public highway, or knowing of the existence of such contamination, disease, or exposure thereto, transports, drives, leads or ships any animal so contaminated, diseased, or exposed, by any motor vehicle, car or steamboat, to any place in or out of this State; and any person who brings any such contaminated or diseased, or knowingly, brings any such contaminated or exposed animals into this State from another state; and any person who knowingly buys, receives, sells, conveys, or engages in the traffic of such contaminated, diseased, or exposed stock, and any person who violates any quarantine regulation established under the provisions of this or any other Act, for each, either, any or all acts above mentioned in this Section, is guilty of a petty offense and shall forfeit all right to any compensation for any animal or property destroyed under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/22

    (510 ILCS 50/22) (from Ch. 8, par. 189)
    Sec. 22. Any veterinarian having information of the existence of any contamination or reportable disease among animals in this State, who fails to promptly report such knowledge to the Department, shall be guilty of a business offense and shall be fined in any sum not exceeding $1,000 for each offense.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/23

    (510 ILCS 50/23) (from Ch. 8, par. 190)
    Sec. 23.
    Any person violating any provision of this Act or any rule issued by the Department under the provisions of this Act, other than the provisions and rules for the violation of which other penalties are prescribed in this Act, is guilty of a business offense and shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.
(Source: P.A. 77-2679.)

510 ILCS 50/24

    (510 ILCS 50/24) (from Ch. 8, par. 191)
    Sec. 24. Any owner or person having charge of any animal and having knowledge of, or reasonable grounds to suspect the existence among them of any contamination or contagious or infectious disease and who does not use reasonable means to prevent the spread of such contamination or disease or violates any quarantine; or who conveys upon or along any public highway or other public grounds or any private lands, any contaminated or diseased animal, or animal known to have died of, or been slaughtered on account of, any contamination or contagious or infectious disease, except in the case of transportation for medical treatment or diagnosis, shall be liable in damages to the person or persons who may have suffered loss on account thereof.
(Source: P.A. 95-179, eff. 8-14-07; 95-554, eff. 8-30-07.)

510 ILCS 50/24.1

    (510 ILCS 50/24.1)
    Sec. 24.1. Swap meets. Any organizer of a swap meet held within the State must provide the Department with information regarding the swap meet at least 30 days prior to the date on which the swap meet will be held. For each swap meet that he or she organizes, an organizer must maintain records for at least one year after the date on which the swap meet is held. The records must include information on each kind of animal present at the swap meet and information on any transfer of animals that takes place during the swap meet.
(Source: P.A. 93-980, eff. 8-20-04.)

510 ILCS 50/25

    (510 ILCS 50/25) (from Ch. 8, par. 191a)
    Sec. 25. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Diseased Animals Act".
(Source: P.A. 81-196.)