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New Illinois Dog Tethering Law

 (510 ILCS 70/3) (from Ch. 8, par. 703) 
    Sec. 3. Owner's duties. 
    (a) Each owner shall provide for each of his or her animals: 
        (1) a sufficient quantity of good quality, wholesome
    
food and water;
        (2) adequate shelter and protection from the weather; 
        (3) veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering;
    
and
        (4) humane care and treatment. 
    (b) To lawfully tether a dog outdoors, an owner must ensure that the dog:
        (1) does not suffer from a condition that is known,
    
by that person, to be exacerbated by tethering;
        (2) is tethered in a manner that will prevent it from
    
becoming entangled with other tethered dogs;
        (3) is not tethered with a lead that (i) exceeds
    
one-eighth of the dog's body weight or (ii) is a tow chain or a log chain;
        (4) is tethered with a lead that measures, when
    
rounded to the nearest whole foot, at least 10 feet in length;
        (5) is tethered with a properly fitting harness or
    
collar other than the lead or a pinch, prong, or choke-type collar; and
        (6) is not tethered in a manner that will allow it
    
to reach within the property of another person, a public walkway, or a road.
    (c) Subsection (b) of this Section shall not be construed to prohibit:
        (1) a person from walking a dog with a hand-held
    
leash;
        (2) conduct that is directly related to the
    
cultivating of agricultural products, including shepherding or herding cattle or livestock, if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog;
        (3) the tethering of a dog while at an organized and
    
lawful animal function, such as hunting, obedience training, performance and conformance events, or law enforcement training, or while in the pursuit of working or competing in those endeavors; or
        (4) a dog restrained in compliance with the
    
requirements of a camping or recreational area as defined by a federal, State, or local authority or jurisdiction.
    (d) A person convicted of violating subsection (a) of this Section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of subsection (a) of this Section is a Class 4 felony with every day that a violation continues constituting a separate offense. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating subsection (a) of this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation. If the convicted person is a juvenile or a companion animal hoarder, the court must order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation. 
    (e) A person convicted of violating subsection (b) of this Section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    (f) As used in this Section, "tether" means to restrain by tying to an object or structure, including, without limitation, a house, tree, fence, post, garage, shed, or clothes line at a person's residence or business, by any means, including, without limitation, a chain, rope, cord, leash, or running line. 
(Source: P.A. 98-101, eff. 1-1-14.)

Adopting A Friend

Total adoption fee for a dog from our facility is $30; consisting of $15 for adoption & a $15 micro chip fee (state required) .

SPAY/NEUTER OFFER FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY

Washington County Animal Control (WCAC) offers $50 towards spay or neuter of the animal adopted from WCAC. This offer is from the parties listed below:

 $10 from Nashville Animal Clinic, Get Wells Veterinary Clinic or any Animal Clinic that will honor the voucher/coupon. 

             $10 from Washington County Partners for Pets  ( in Nashville, IL )

$30 from Washington County Animal Control when you bring proof of spay or neuter of the animal adopted from WCAC, to WCAC or when you mail voucher to county treasurer.

 

 

Who We Are

*Our Mission* We are a county operated animal control facility. We are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. We advocate for the safety and well-being of companion animals according in Washington County policies and the guidelines of the state of Illinois. We hope to help people understand that the best way to prevent unwanted litters and to prevent needless killing of unwanted animals in animal control facilities is to spay/neuter their pets. 

 

 

Come Visit Us

 

  Washington County Animal Control

                      Hours of Operation

       Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.  

             Saturday 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

            Closed on Sundays and Holidays

For an after hours emergency, please call the Washington

County Animal Control Department at (618) 327-4800 ext.355.

All bite wounds or cases of possible rabies exposure need to

be reported to WCAC immediately. WCAC personnel will take

a full report of the incident and other appropriate measures.

 

For additional information on these pets, please check out this Facebook page that is managed by a group of local volunteers from Washington County Partners for Pets:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/nashvilleilpound 


  

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