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510 ILCS 5/10
(510 ILCS 5/10)
(from Ch. 8, par. 360)
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; 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
The payments required for redemption under this Section
shall be in
addition to any other penalties invoked under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-322, eff. 8-24-17; 100-787, eff. 8-10-18.)