Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Animal Control Act. Defines a "companion animal" as one commonly considered, or considered by its owner, to be a pet. Redefines a "dangerous dog" to include one that injures a companion animal, livestock, or equidae. Redefines a "vicious dog" to include one that, while off its owner's property, kills a companion animal, livestock, or equidae and one that attacks a person and causes physical (now, serious physical) injury. Requires that animal control facilities annually report to the Department of Agriculture information including, but not limited to the facility's number of animal euthanasias, intakes, and sterilization procedures. Requires the Department to compile the reports and submit its findings to the Governor and General Assembly. Requires the Department to adopt implementing rules. Effective immediately.
Restores language that "vicious dog" under the Act includes a dog that, without justification, attacks a person and causes "serious" physical injury or death. Deletes certain provisions requiring reports of animal control facilities to the Department of Agriculture.