Illinois Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: Is there any way a monkey can live in Illinois? He's an support animal for my daughter

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 2, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
Since 2011 a ban has been placed in Illinois on owning chimps and monkeys. Monkey owners who purchased their pets before the law went into effect can keep their pets, but no new ones can be purchased legally.

The exception to this new law are monkeys used for therapy or helping disabled people..

Q: my old dog is dying and holloring in pain for two days. I don't have money can I shoot him

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 2, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
You may want to contact the local Animal Humane Society. They most likely can provide euthanasia services for pet owners for less $100. And, they will handle everything for you.

Q: I've been dog sitting, girl won't pick up her dog, how long until he's legally mine? I've had for 3 months.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 8, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
I am not sure how long it has been or if you gave her formal notice. From the time you give her notice, you are entitled to any additional fees for "storage" and care of the animal during that time, if she reclaims the dog.

If she does not reclaim the dog at the end of the redemption period, the dog is considered abandoned and the dog by default becomes your to do with as you please.

Q: If I own a pit bull, and living in a rental house, wouldn't I be the only one liable for any bad behaviors by the dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Camille Brooks Ibrahim's answer
Absolutely! The owner of the dog is liable for any damages inflicted by that dog

Q: My sister was visiting with her new dog (7 month old puppy) and it bit my neighbor and her son. Am I liable?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Answered on May 9, 2018
Howard Abrams' answer
This is a complicated question, but if you did not own the dog or were dog sitting or letting the dog stay at your house, you are probably no responsible. If your sister lived with your dad then his insurance could cover it. Your sister is definitely responsible, but probably does not have any insurance if she was living with your dad. Either way your insurance company will defend you if they decide sue you, but I would not pay anything out of pocket yourself.

Q: Would I be able to get my dog back legally without going to court?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden's answer
You have to make a demand for your dog in writing. Write a letter, date it & keep a copy of it. I recommend to use a nice tone in the letter, asking to have the dog returned to you by a date certain. Then if they do not return the dog to you, you can file a small claims lawsuit. You will want to attach the dated letter where you demanded the return of your dog (in 24 hours or whatever was your time limit). You will have to bring proof to court that the dog is registered in your name & all or...

Q: My dog was killed in our back yard on his cable he was a pug and the other 2 dogs came into our yard that were pit bulls

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 9, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Contact a member of the Ill.Trial Lawyers Assn in your area--they give free consults. However, "bystander trauma" usually only occurs if it's a human relative that is under attack, not an animal. But get the free consult.

Q: My neighbor drove his golf cart onto my property and hit my 11year old dog who was chained up outside. Can I sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017
Josh Rohrscheib's answer
Yes, you can sue. You should try to discuss it with your neighbor first to see if he will help with vet costs. I'm assuming your neighbor is more moron than monster and this was accidental. If you think his conduct was deliberate, there is a statute that allows for more serious damages for claims against those who have abused an animal, including recovery of attorneys' fees and punitive damages.

As I answer your question, my own dog is curled up at my feet. I certainly feel for you and...

Q: my dog bit my downstairs neighbor in our shared backyard. he went to emergency room but refuses to show

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017
Josh Rohrscheib's answer
If you have homeowners insurance or renters insurance, advise them of the claim immediately. You shouldn't pay $5,000 without some kind of evidence. You can probably pay a lawyer for a few hours of time if you want to settle to review everything for you and draw up a settlement agreement and release of claims so you can make sure your neighbor doesn't continue to pursue you for more money in the future.

Q: How am I liable for someone else's dog?

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jul 18, 2017
Steve McCann's answer
You will likely not be found liable if it is not your house, and it was not your dog. That said, if you were named in the lawsuit, you will have to defend the case so the plaintiff does not obtain a default judgment against you. I would recommend consulting with an Illinois attorney individually to discuss your options moving forward.

Q: My Irish setter got out & bit & killed a dog. The woman wants vet bills & pain & suffering. What am I obligated to pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jun 21, 2017
Steve McCann's answer
The answer to your question depends on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the amount of the vet bills and the events leading up to the killing of the dog. I would recommend organizing everything that is relevant to this situation, and consulting with an attorney individually to ensure you protect your interests.

Q: 2 days ago i got a German Shepard off of facebook. Now she wants it back. Do I have to give her back?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 14, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
Not if the paperwork was done properly.

Q: I am dog sitting. Owner pays nothing for dog. Can't have where he lives. Can I keep dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 13, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
The way to solve this is to have him sign it over to you and if he wont, give it back to him until he does.

Q: was given a dog because the owner could no longer have them..

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 13, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
If you have registered him, that should be all you need.

If there is a dispute and the police are called, they will probably go by the registration.

Q: Somebody used my male dog to mate with his female dog. If they refuse to give us half of the litter, what can we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 4, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
If you have witnesses who can testify to the agreement, you should win in court.

Q: If I had a verbal agreement with someone about watching two dogs for four months. us keeping one after the four month

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 1, 2017
Ray Choudhry's answer
Verbal agreements can be enforced.

Problem is proving the agreement if it's a he said she said.

Q: My boyfriend his parents and his sister came over to my house for a cookout my boyfriend brought his pitbull with him

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 17, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Tell your homeowners and let them handle it. You are not responsible for dogs and people who come with the dog. For other guests, yes.

Q: Who do I contact about neighbors taking my dog out of my yard and into theirs without permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 28, 2017
Vincent Anthony Incopero's answer
Contact the police if you have not given your neighbor permission to enter your yard and remove your dog. A simple "please don't do this anymore" would be a good way to begin the discussion, but if that has already happened and your requests have been ignored, you may wish to contact the police to politely deliver the same message.

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