Illinois Senate Approves Bill That Penalizes Reckless Dog Owners

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PetMD Editorial
Published: January 02, 2019

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This week, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that aims to protect pets against dangerous dogs by restricting the activities of dogs who are classified as dangerous as outlined in the bill.

In Senate Bill 2386, also known as the Justice for Buddy Act, a dog owner is classified as a “reckless dog owner,” and thus penalized, if their dog is deemed dangerous for killing another dog and is found running at large twice within 12 months of being deemed dangerous.

A dog may also be deemed dangerous if he bites a person without jurisdiction or is found off-leash and behaving in a manner that someone would find threatening, according to the Illinois Senate Democrats.

Reckless dog owners, as defined in the bill, must forfeit all the dogs on their property to a licensed shelter, rescue or sanctuary. If the dogs are adoptable, efforts will be made to rehome the dogs, according to the post.

Reckless dog owners are also prohibited from owning dogs for up to three years.

The law was introduced by Senator Laura Murphy after a constituent’s dog was killed by a neighbor’s dog. “The issue of dangerous dogs killing other dogs is all too common,” Murphy tells the outlet.

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