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When do I need to have my animal vaccinated?
The State of Illinois requires that all dogs four months of age or older be currently vaccinated against rabies. At the time of vaccination, dogs shall be issued a rabies tag reflecting the current vaccination status of the animal. This tag is to be worn at all times.
What are the tagging requirements for Jackson County residents?
Most Jackson County communities have their own corporate body animal regulations which must be enforced by the city/village enforcement officers. In Jackson County, the cities of Murphysboro and Carbondale require that animals within their city limits be licensed and tagged with city registration tags. Therefore, dogs within these corporate city limits must have two tags attached to their collar or harness at all times.
Replacement tags are available free of charge for as long as your vaccination is valid from the Jackson County Animal Control office. You can call 618-687-7235 to have it mailed to you or to set up a time to pick it up.
Registration tags for the cities of Murphysboro and Carbondale are available at the Police Department of each city.
Do we have more restrictive regulations than rural (unincorporated) areas and who do I contact in these towns/villages/cities?
Most incorporated taxing bodies (towns and villages) have Animal Control Ordinances passed by their town/village boards/councils. These ordinances should be enforced by appointees of their respective towns/villages. Complaints, therefore, regarding large/stray animals in these communities should be directed to the law enforcement officer or the village hall of the town/village. (See references for local corporate governing bodies)
Who should I contact for concerns about the welfare of a dog?
Animal welfare checks for injured, sick, or dogs without proper shelter are done by local animal control officers (see contact listing for local governing bodies) and State of Illinois inspectors. State requirements are such that an owner must provide a sufficient quantity of food, water, and shelter as well as veterinary care as needed to prevent suffering. Concerns regarding care and checks should be reported to your local Animal Control agency.
What is the difference between a stray dog and a straying dog?
A straying dog is an owned dog who has wandered from the supervision/property of the owner. A stray dog is an animal for which no owner/caretaker can currently be determined. Note: Stray dogs may become straying dogs if an owner/caretaker can be identified.
Is there anything I can do about this situation?
Most towns/villages/cities have regulations regarding cats. These ordinances must be enforced by the enacting body (i.e. the town board or city council). The State of Illinois nor Jackson County does not have any requirements regarding the control of felines; vaccinations, however, are required for cats that are owned. Therefore, no action (except in the case of a bite) is taken regarding cats other than providing spay/neuter information and deterrents so as to prevent digging into gardens/flower beds, etc.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture and local Animal Control work together to enforce the Domestic Animals (Livestock) At Large Act. Incidences of livestock at large should be reported to local law enforcement agencies if they represent a hazard on roadways and then reported to either the IL Department of Agriculture office or local Animal Control for follow up. Owners of livestock are required to maintain fences or holding areas so as to prevent their stock from wandering and causing damage or representing a safety hazard.
How do I report a bite/attack or how is this handled?
What can we do to correct this?
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been issuing commercial permits to individuals/businesses which provide removal of nuisance wildlife. In addition, private citizens may obtain free individual permits, subject to the permit restrictions to remove the animal themselves. The IDNR/Illinois Extension Service/Illinois Animal Control Association has developed a website providing information regarding nuisance wildlife complaints. Visit the Living with Wildlife Website.
Who should I contact to have the animal removed?
Since pets are considered personal property this is a matter for the legal system. You should contact your attorney to see what can be done.
The government entity maintains the section of the road where the animal is located. If it is a county road then you would contact the County Highway Department, if it's a State road you would contact IDOT at 618-549-2171, if it is a city road contact the city highway or road department and if it is a township road contact the township. (See the contact listing for local governing bodies)