(510 ILCS 5/5)
(from Ch. 8, par. 355)
Duties and powers.
(a) It shall be the duty of the Administrator or the Deputy
Administrator, through sterilization,
humane education, rabies
inoculation, stray control, impoundment, quarantine, and any other means deemed
necessary, to control and prevent the spread of rabies and
to exercise dog and cat overpopulation control. It
also be the duty of the Administrator to investigate and substantiate all
claims made under Section 19 of this Act. The duty may include return, adoption, transfer to rescues or other animal shelters, and any other means of ensuring live outcomes of homeless dogs and cats and through sterilization, community outreach, impoundment of pets at risk and any other humane means deemed necessary to address strays and ensure live outcomes for dogs and cats that are not a danger to the community or suffering irremediably.
(b) Counties may by ordinance determine the extent of the police powers
that may be exercised by the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal
Control Wardens, which
powers shall pertain only to this Act. The Administrator, Deputy
Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens may issue and serve citations and
orders for violations of
this Act. The
Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Animal Control Wardens may not
carry weapons unless they have been
specifically authorized to carry weapons by county ordinance. Animal Control
Wardens, however, may use tranquilizer guns and other nonlethal weapons and
equipment without specific
A person authorized to carry firearms by county ordinance under this
subsection must have completed the training course for peace officers
prescribed in the Peace Officer and Probation Officer Firearm Training Act. The cost of this
shall be paid by the county.
(c) The sheriff and all sheriff's deputies and municipal
police officers shall cooperate with the Administrator and his or her
representatives in carrying out the
provisions of this Act.
(d) The Administrator and animal control wardens shall aid in the enforcement of the Humane Care for Animals Act and have the ability to impound animals and apply for security posting for violation of that Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-870, eff. 1-1-19