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(510 ILCS 70/4.04)
(from Ch. 8, par. 704.04)
Injuring or killing police animals, service animals, accelerant detection dogs, or search
and rescue dogs prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously torture,
mutilate, injure, disable, poison, or kill (i) any animal used by a law
enforcement department or agency in the performance of the functions or duties
of the department or agency or when placed in confinement off duty, (ii) any
service animal, (iii) any search and rescue dog, (iv) any law enforcement,
service, or search and rescue animal in training, or (v) any accelerant detection canine used by a fire officer for arson investigations in the performance of his or her functions or while off duty. However, a police officer or
veterinarian may perform euthanasia in emergency situations when delay would
cause the animal undue suffering and pain.
A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class 4
felony if the animal is not killed or totally disabled; if
the animal is killed or totally disabled, the person is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 95-560, eff. 8-30-07; 96-1171, eff. 7-22-10.)