|Public Act 094-0818
||LRB094 05402 RLC 35447 b
AN ACT concerning criminal law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Criminal Code of 1961 is amended by adding
Section 12-36 as follows:
(720 ILCS 5/12-36 new)
Possession of certain dogs by felons
(a) For a period of 10 years commencing upon the release of
a person from incarceration, it is unlawful for a person
convicted of a forcible felony, a felony violation of the
Humane Care for Animals Act, a felony violation of Article 24
of the Criminal Code of 1961, a felony violation of Class 3 or
higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, a felony
violation of Class 3 or higher of the Cannabis Control Act, or
a felony violation of Class 2 or higher of the Methamphetamine
Control and Community Protection Act, to knowingly own,
possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with,
(1) an unspayed or unneutered dog or puppy older than
12 weeks of age; or
(2) irrespective of whether the dog has been spayed or
neutered, any dog that has been determined to be a vicious
dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
(b) Any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of a
person convicted of a felony, as described in subsection (a),
must be microchipped for permanent identification.
(c) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty
of a Class A misdemeanor.
(d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
Section that the dog in question is neutered or spayed, or that
the dog in question was neutered or spayed within 7 days of the