7-12-290  Cruelty to animals – Fines.
   No person shall do any of the following:
   (a)   Beat, torture, torment, bait, mutilate or cruelly kill any animal, or cause or knowingly allow the same to be done;
   (b)   Fail to provide any animal in the person's care or custody with proper food, water, air or sanitary shelter;
   (c)   Cruelly force into undue physical exertion or carry, keep, drive, overload, overwork, or cause to be carried, driven, overloaded, overworked, or kept, any animal in a cruel manner;
   (d)   Leave an animal unattended in a motor vehicle, trailer or other enclosure for a period of time long enough to threaten its life or health, including by subjecting the animal to inadequate air circulation or by exposure to extreme heat or cold;
   (e)   Have, keep or harbor any animal which is infected with any disease transmissible to other animals or man, or which is afflicted with any painful disease or injury, including severe parasitism, unless the animal is under the care of a veterinarian;
   (f)   Abandon any animal on any public way or in any place where it may suffer or become a public charge;
   (g)   Stake out unattended, or leave unrestrained outside and unattended any female dog in season; or
   (h)   Knowingly poison or cause to be poisoned any animal except with a written permit from the Illinois Department of Agriculture or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prevent the use of poisons, approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, for rodent or vermin control.
   (i)   In cases where the violation of this section creates a danger to the public health and safety or to the health and welfare of an animal, the Executive Director may cause the animal to be impounded until such time that the conditions that caused the danger are corrected. If the owner fails to correct the conditions within 7 days of the impoundment of the animal, the animal shall become the property of the Department. It shall be the duty of the Executive Director to obtain the necessary legal process to allow him or her to enter or to cause to have entered any building or premises to remove and impound such animal. An animal control officer or police officer who has probable cause to believe that subsection (d) of this section is being violated shall have authority to enter a motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.
   (j)   Any person who shall violate any provision of subsections (a) or (h) shall be fined not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $5,000.00 for each offense plus forfeiture of the animal; any person who shall violate any other provision of this section shall be fined not less than $300.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.
(Prior code § 98-11; Amend Coun. J. 12-4-02, p. 99026, § 4.1; Amend Coun. J. 3-14-07, p. 99838, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-16-16, p. 37901, Art. I, § 29; Amend Coun. J. 3-28-18, p. 72121, § 1)