Bill Status of HB4484 100th General Assembly
Short Description: DANGEROUS AND VICIOUS DOGS
Rep. John M. Cabello
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that if the Administrator, State's Attorney, or Director has investigated and reasonably determines that a dog is a vicious dog, that official may file a complaint in the circuit court in the name of the People of the State of Illinois to deem a dog to be a vicious dog. Deletes language providing that a citizen of the county in which the dog exists may file a complaint to commence a hearing to deem a dog to be a vicious dog. Provides that the changes are only effective to causes of actions accruing on or after the effective date of the bill. Provides that after a thorough investigation including: sending, within 10 business days of the Administrator or Director becoming aware of the alleged infraction, notifications to the owner of the alleged infractions, the fact of the initiation of an investigation, and affording the owner an opportunity to meet with the Administrator or Director prior to the making of a determination; gathering of any medical or veterinary evidence; interviewing witnesses; and making a detailed written report, an animal control warden, deputy administrator, or law enforcement agent may, after determining that there exists probable cause to believe that a dog is a dangerous dog, ask the Administrator, or his or her designee, or the Director, to deem a dog to be "dangerous". Effective immediately.