Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that if a dog is found
to be a dangerous dog, the dog must be both muzzled and leashed
whenever it is upon a street, sidewalk, or other public place or
grounds. Provides that if the owner of a dangerous dog fails to keep
the dog muzzled and leashed as required, and the dog attacks another
person, the owner is guilty of a Class 4 felony, except that if the
owner acted recklessly, the owner is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
Provides that if the owner of a dog subject to enclosure (that is, a
vicious dog) fails to keep the dog enclosed or as otherwise required
by law (instead of simply fails to keep the dog enclosed), and the dog
attacks a person, the owner is guilty of a Class 4 felony (instead of
a Class A misdemeanor), except that if the owner acted recklessly
(instead of knowingly), the owner is guilty of a Class 3 felony
(instead of a Class 4 felony). Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Provides that if a vicious dog is impounded, it must be either
spayed or neutered within 30 days after the impoundment. Provides
that the owner of the dog is liable for the cost of the spaying or
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Provides that the owner of a dog subject to enclosure is guilty
of a Class 3 felony if the owner knowingly (instead of recklessly)
allowed the dog to run at large or failed to take steps to keep it in
an enclosure. Provides that the owner of a dangerous dog is guilty of
a Class 3 felony if the owner knowingly (instead of recklessly) failed
to keep the dog both muzzled and leashed.
GOVERNOR'S AMENDATORY VETO MESSAGE
Recommends that current criminal penalties be restored in
connection with a failure to keep a vicious dog enclosed (that is,
making the offense a Class A misdemeanor unless the owner acted reck-
lessly, in which case the offense is a Class 4 felony). (The bill
made those offenses a Class 4 felony and Class 3 felony, respec-
tively). Provides for the same changes in penalties for offenses in
connection with a dangerous dog.
Last action on Bill: BILL DEAD-AMENDATORY VETO
Last action date: NOV-29-2001
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 2
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