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Record #: SO2018-180   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 1/17/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 2/28/2018
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 7-12-050 regarding humane treatment of impounded dangerous animals
Sponsors: Lopez, Raymond A.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 12 Animal Care & Control
Attachments: 1. SO2018-180.pdf, 2. O2018-180.pdf
SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO:

SECTION 1. Section 7-12-050 of the Municipal Code ofChicago is hereby amended by adding the language underscored, as follows:

7-12-050 Dangerous animals - Determination and requirements.

(f) When a complaint has been made or a bite reported, and when the circumstances of the bite incident suggest that an animal will be declared a dangerous animal, the Executive Director or his designee is authorized to either (1) impound and hold such animal, at the owner's expense or (2) impose one or more of the requirements set forth in subsection (c) above, pending the completion of the dangerous animal investigation and final resolution of any appeals. Should an owner fail to comply with requirements issued by the Executive Director under this subsection (f)(2), the Executive Director shall impound and hold the animal at the owner's expense. Where the animal has caused severe injury or death to any person, the Executive Director or his designee shall impound and hold such animal, at the owner's expense, pending the investigation and final resolution of any appeals. Moreover, in no event shall a dangerous animal be released to its owner before the owner obtains a dangerous animal license pursuant to Section 7-12-052 or before the Executive Director or his designee approves the enclosure required by subsection (c)(1). The holding period and impoundment procedures for animals of unknown ownership shall be governed by Section 7-12-060. Any animal impounded and held pursuant to this subparagraph (f) shall receive shelter, food, water, sanitization of kennels, and medical care to the extent the Department's resources and capacity for care will permit during the holding period. Animals may also receive in-kennel enrichment as the Department's partners may be able to provide.


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

CHICAGO February 28, 2018


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