Animal & Rabies Control Hearings Division

Welcome to the Department of Administrative Hearings Animal & Rabies Control Division.

The Department of Animal & Rabies Control provides health protection to the residents of Cook County through preparation, education, rabies vaccination and stray animal control. The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Ordinance was developed and passed to establish protections and guidelines for animals and man. This Ordinance is the law in all municipalities within Cook County.

The Department of Animal Control began sending code violation enforcement cases to the Department of Administrative Hearings for adjudication in March 2010. Examples of common complaints, along with their corresponding code section descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page.

For more information on the Department of Animal Control, please visit their website by clicking here, or call (708)974-6140.

If you would like to pay your citation online, you can do so by clicking here.

Your Hearing location and court appointed date is written on your ticket or notice of violation. If you are unable to attend your hearing date on the date scheduled on your notice of violation or citation (“the ticket”), please contact the Department of Administrative Hearings at (312)603-2120 or click here for information on our Administrative Procedures. If you have missed your Hearing date, you may still have an opportunity to reschedule your Hearing by filing a Motion to Set-Aside the Default Judgment.

Below is a list of common code violations and their corresponding descriptions:



  • Section 10-41
  • Section 10-42

Section 10-41

Summary:

If you have a cat, dog, or ferret and the animal is four months or older, the animal must have up to date rabies shots.

 

Possible fine: Up to $500 for each day of violation

FULL TEXT:
Sec. 10-41. - Rabies vaccination.

(a) Every owner, except animal shelters, animal impounding facilities, and laboratory animal facilities, of a dog, cat or ferret four months or more of age shall cause such animal to be inoculated with a rabies vaccine by a licensed veterinarian at such intervals as approved by the State Department of Agriculture. The rabies vaccine shall be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and approved by the State Department of Agriculture.

(b) Evidence of such rabies inoculation shall be entered on a certificate approved by the County Board of Commissioners. Veterinarians who inoculate an animal shall procure from the County Department of Animal and Rabies Control serially numbered tags, one to be issued with each inoculation certificate. Only one animal shall be included on each certificate. Upon change of ownership application shall be made for a new inoculation certificate. Such tags shall be attached to the collar or harness worn by the animal for which the tag was issued when the animal is off the property of the owner. The cost of the tags shall be as set out in Section 32-1 for a one-year tag and for a three-year tag. The tag fees shall be paid to the Department and transferred to the County Treasurer on the last day of each month.

Section 10-42

Summary:

If your pet bites someone:

  1. The incident must be reported to the police within 24 hours.

  2. If the animal IS inoculated: (1) the pet must be confined for a period of ten days within 24 hours of the incident (2) the animal can be confined in the house of its owner in a manner which will prohibit it from biting any person and (3) a veterinarian must submit a report as to the animal’s health to the Cook County Department on the first and last day of confinement. (In other words, the animal must be seen by a vet on the 1st and 10th day of confinement.)

  3. If the animal IS NOT inoculated: 1) the pet must be confined for a period of ten days within 24 hours of the incident (2) the animal must be confined under observation of a licensed veterinarian for a period of ten days beginning within 24 hours of the biting incident – usually a veterinary hospital or shelter and (3) a veterinarian must submit a report as to the animal’s health to the Cook County Department on the first and last day of confinement. (4) If the animal confined is determined not to be infected with rabies at the end of the period of confinement the owner must obtain rabies shots for the animal

  4. You cannot sell, euthanize give away or otherwise dispose of, or have inoculated against rabies an animal known to have bitten a person, until it has been released from confinement for observation.

 

Possible fine: Up to $500 for each day of violation

FULL TEXT:

Sec. 10-42. - Biting animal capable of transmitting rabies.

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person knowing that an individual has been bitten by an animal to refuse to notify, within 24 hours, the police or other officer with the delegated authority who are responsible for the area in which the bite occurred.

  2. Except as otherwise provided by State law with respect to police dogs, when the Administrator receives information that any person has been bitten by an animal the Administrator shall have the owner confine the biting animal under observation of a licensed veterinarian for a period of ten days beginning within 24 hours of the biting incident. The biting animal may be confined in the house of its owner in a manner which will prohibit it from biting any person or animal if the animal is currently vaccinated with an approved rabies vaccine. Caged animals such as rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc., can be placed under home confinement.

    1. (1) When the biting animal is currently inoculated with rabies vaccine the animal's health shall be reported by the veterinarian to the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control on the first and tenth days of the observation period for rabies.

    2. (2) When the biting animal is not currently inoculated with rabies vaccine the animal shall be confined for ten days in a veterinary hospital or animal control or humane shelter provided there is a veterinarian daily on the premises.

  3. Confirmation of the health of the biting animal shall be sent by the veterinarian to the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control within 24 hours of the first and final examinations. Official forms shall be provided by the Department.

  4. When an animal confined for biting shows signs of rabies or acts in a manner which would lead a person to believe that an animal may have rabies, the owner or veterinarian shall notify the Administrator immediately by telephone or in person of these signs. The Administrator shall immediately notify the physician attending the bitten person or responsible health agency as soon as the Administrator receives notice of such signs and shall securely confine the animal.

  5. If the animal confined is determined not to be infected with rabies at the end of the period of confinement, it shall be released from quarantine. The animal owner shall show proof of rabies inoculation for the animal and shall pay any fee, charge or penalty including any fee for veterinary services attributed to the bite. A confined animal, when not redeemed by the owner may be disposed of in accordance with State law.

  6. It shall be unlawful for the owner of a biting animal to euthanize, sell, give away or otherwise dispose of, or have inoculated against rabies the animal known to have bitten a person until it has been released from confinement for observation for rabies by the Administrator. It shall be unlawful for the owner of such animal to refuse or fail to comply with the written or printed instructions made by the Administrator. If such instructions cannot be delivered in person they shall be mailed to the owner of such animal by regular mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested. The affidavit of testimony of the Administrator delivering or mailing such instructions is prima facie evidence that the owner of such animal was notified of their responsibilities.



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