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Record #: SO2017-8308   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 11/15/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 3/28/2018
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 7-12-290 regarding cruelty to animals
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 12 Animal Care & Control
Attachments: 1. SO2017-8308.pdf, 2. SO2017-8308 (V1).pdf

SECTION 1. Section 7-12-290 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding the language underscored as follows:

7-12-290 Cruelty to animals - Fines.
No person shall do any of the following:

(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)
(d) Leave for any unroasonable length of time any an animal unattended in a motor vehicle, trailer or other enclosure for a period of time long enough to threaten its life or health, in such a mannor that tho animal, including by subjecting the animal to inadequate does not have proper air circulation or by exposure to extreme heat or cold;

(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)

(i) In cases where the violation of this section creates a danger to the public health and safety or to the health and welfare of an animal, the Executive Director may cause the animal to be impounded until such time that the conditions that caused the danger are corrected. If the owner fails to correct the conditions within 7 days of the impoundment of the animal, the animal shall become the property of the Department. It shall be the duty of the Executive Director to obtain the necessary legal process to allow him or her to enter or to cause to have entered any building or premises to remove and impound such animal. An animal control officer or police officer who has probable cause to believe that subsection (d) of this section is being violated shall have authority to enter a motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.

Gilbert Villegas Alderman, 36m Ward

SECTION 2. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon passage and publication.

CHICAGO March 28, 2018

To the President and Members of the City Council:

Your Committee on Finance having had under consideration a substitute ordinance authorizing the amendment of Chapter 7-12 of...

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