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Dog Laws for Felons ....
« on: May 05, 2007, 09:32:26 PM »
Has anyone heard of the dog law?
Certain felons cannot own or live with certain types of dogs and approved dogs must bve registered and mircochiped.
It has been implimented in juvenile so I'm asuming its being used in adult as well?

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2007, 09:54:59 PM »
Yes, there is  a law 720 ILCS 5/12-36, which states a felon cannot possess, for 10 years after release certain dogs.

  Certain felons cannot own, posses, have custody of or reside in a residence with either an unspayed or unnueterd dog or puppy older than 12 weeks or a dog determined to be vivious under Section 15 of Animal Control Act.  Any dog owned or possessed by, or in your custody must be microchiped for permanent identification.  Anyone convicted of violating this  is Guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

They are given and must sign a form upon release of this.

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 09:57:59 PM »
How friggen' ridiculous....
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 10:17:17 PM »
Here's the statute relating to the "Dog Law"...it became effective Jan. 1, 2007


(720 ILCS 5/12‑36)
    Sec. 12‑36. Possession of certain dogs by felons prohibited.
    (a) For a period of 10 years commencing upon the release of a person from incarceration, it is unlawful for a person convicted of a forcible felony, a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act, a felony violation of Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 1961, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Cannabis Control Act, or a felony violation of Class 2 or higher of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, to knowingly own, possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with, either:
        (1) an unspayed or unneutered dog or puppy older than 
     12 weeks of age; or
 
        (2) irrespective of whether the dog has been spayed 
     or neutered, any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
 
    (b) Any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of a person convicted of a felony, as described in subsection (a), must be microchipped for permanent identification.
    (c) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this Section that the dog in question is neutered or spayed, or that the dog in question was neutered or spayed within 7 days of the defendant being charged with a violation of this Section. Medical records from, or the certificate of, a doctor of veterinary medicine licensed to practice in the State of Illinois who has personally examined or operated upon the dog, unambiguously indicating whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered, shall be prima facie true and correct, and shall be sufficient evidence of whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered. This subsection (d) is not applicable to any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑818, eff. 1‑1‑07.)





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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2007, 06:56:24 AM »
Under section  15 of animal control act does it have a list of types of dogs considered vicious?  Or does it spell out behavior of a particular dog that is then labelled vicious? 

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2007, 07:05:23 AM »
As I recall, the law does not refer directly to a certain breed of dog, rather a particular dog in particular.  For instance, not all pit bulls are vicious, but Rover is Vicious and therefor John Doe cannot own Rover anymore because he is a convicted fellon.  That was my take on it anyway.

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2007, 07:40:27 AM »
Thanks. 

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2008, 12:27:08 AM »
:~)

Am I understanding this correctly????

For a paroled felon he/she is prohibited from having possession or responsibility of a dog that is not spayed or neutered or simply residing in a home of an unspayed or unneutered dog? But the microchip part is strictly the owner responsibility? Meaning if you reside in a home that has a dog but are not the owner, you are not responsible for the microchip - the owner is?

My dog has been spayed - she has a tattoo or branding S on her from being spayed when she was still a young pup. I haven't had her microchipped - she won't run off....heck she won't RUN period.


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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2008, 10:25:07 AM »
So lets say my guy gets out and in 6 months we decide to get the kids a chocolate lab puppy...just have her chipped, have the documentation and you're done?  I think the law is stupid...are people using their dogs to commit crimes? 

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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2008, 10:31:41 AM »
The dog law applies ONLY to certain dogs. A lab I don't think would be a problem. I have two small dogs and they never were in question.  It's Pit Bulls, Rots, etc. dogs considered to be vicious.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2008, 10:46:44 AM »
So I'm guessing Chico my chihuahua is not gonna be a problem! :) Seriously I wasn't sure and I was a little worried about the dog situation because I didn't see anything in the forum until now that it only pertained to certain breeds
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2008, 11:01:26 AM »
It also only applies to certain felonies:

a person convicted of a forcible felony
a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act
a felony violation of Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (dangerous weapon)
a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2008, 11:13:54 AM »
Thanks scout0323,
       I'm glad we dont fall into those catagories either.  I truley wonder how they even come up with these guidelines in the first place.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2008, 01:41:16 AM »
You all need to hear this tale. My dog got out my back door at my apartment because my ex-husband was to dumb to shut the door when he walked away saying well I am right here. My dog which is a pit bull, besenji dingo mix went in the neighbors yard and went pee and their dog was on a chain and went to try and attack my dog and my dog bit the dog on the lip. They called animal control so now my dog has been declared dangerous and now minc ya he has never once bit a human being. He licks and snorts at them and even hugs them. So we were running a Halloween project in my yard and had him locked up in my sons room upstairs and we had the kids running in and out of course because they are teens and cant listen so he managed to get out of my sons room and headed out the back door and down the street and a dog came at him in the street and 10 kids saw this. He was out of my house a total of maybe 5 minutes and now I have criminal charges saying I allowed my dog off my property without a muzzle and a leash. I am like what the f*** he was locked in my house and I dont do a muzzle and I sure in the hell dont leash my dog up in the house. These laws are the biggest joke around. I thought dogs bit dogs isnt that human nature Oh wait not when u have a pitbull.

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2008, 12:57:20 PM »
A young man is being paroled toa friend's house after boot camp...he will be on an ankle bracelet...they did the whole turnoff the phone extras, but when he saw their 2 lb. dog he said they had to get him microchipped...okay I can understand that ...the dog has to be tracked so he can't put his bracelet on the dog! got it!! BUT they have to have this vicious(!!) animal neutered...he is a pure bred and they were going to send him to stud....so I guess even the law is not the sme when it comes to PO's!! 

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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2008, 08:50:34 AM »
What breed is the dog?
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« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2008, 01:41:02 PM »
Yorkshire terrier....just under 2 lbs.. hope the PO doesn't have a heart attack from the vicious attack next time he visits!! Last time I was there I almost got licked to death!!(only because i am so sweet)

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« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2008, 06:37:24 PM »
See...that wouldn't even fall under the law as far as "dangerous dogs" go...but leave it to the DOC to interpret how they wish.

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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2008, 06:46:19 PM »
That is ridiculous.. it's the PO making up his rules I bet. I would  seriously question that. I have two  small dogs and our PO   never said squat about getting them chipped or anything.
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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2008, 08:27:27 PM »
Last time son's PO visited our dog a dalmatian mix came running to the door & the PO was just concerned that he might get out the door. Never said a word otherwise  &*&
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2008, 09:13:16 PM »
We have are big lap dog Rott microchipped, Our Shih Tzu also just encase... So hope we have everything in order now..

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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2009, 10:07:38 AM »
So I thought I would post here and not start a new thread as my experience pertains to having a dog while on parole! Last night we got a visit from the parole officer @ about 11pm. We were out walking the dogs. Essentially he had stopped by to check to see if we had the paper work showing the dogs were neutered and microchiped. I kept walking with the dogs as they are a little enthusiastic when meeting new people. The parole officer told my husband had we not had the paperwork he would have taken him to prison. This man obviously likes his job a little too much. So I guess the lesson from this is cross every t and dot every i!I should explain that on the first visit from the parole officer i could only find the paper work for one of the dogs. They are both shelter dogs, so i went back to the shelter to get a copy of they other dogs records. I did not think they would make a big deal out of it but i am glad i did follow through.

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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2009, 03:41:14 PM »
Was checkin in, thought I'd share my experience. Randy's PO stopped by today since he got out yesterday and didn't mention the dog, other than ask if he bites and to pet him. He's a Shih Tzu, so he said fixing him and the microchip(which he has), wouldn't be a problem. Guess like everything else, depends on the person.

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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2010, 03:06:55 PM »
So I am really ******** about this whole thing, we have 2 dogs in our household, had them before my L/O was sentenced. Our dog is a Shepard and our oldest sons dog is a mix of lab/boxer, never bite anyone, and now I have to get them microchipped and fixed before my man comes home, WTH, like we don't have other major concerns while there gone, like taking care of all the bills, repairs on the house that our men did, taking care of our kids, lets add some more b.s. to our plates. Honestly this should be on one of those dumb law websites. Sorry had to vent and get it all out!! :wc95:

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« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2010, 05:44:06 PM »
I believe the law, when started, was only meant to pertain to a breed that was deemed viscious.  However, I would imagine that somebody somewhere trained a cute cuddly dog into something that would bite on demand and therefore no matter how small and cuddly the dog may be, it can be used as a weapon in that sense.  I have a small rat terrior ( 5 pounds dripping wet ) for petes sake and my parole officer at the time told me the same thing and that was years ago.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2010, 12:31:22 AM »
I guess Dekalb County ignores this kind of thing. When my son came home a few times I had a number of pitbulls residing on my property, and nothing was ever said about this. But then I don't think Dekalb county has ever solved a murder either. LOL

I just feel it is so wrong to call any animal a weapon unless it is a mountain lion or something like that :-). The real reason they do it, I believe, is that they are afraid of dogs. LOL
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« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2010, 08:55:56 AM »
I just feel it is so wrong to call any animal a weapon unless it is a mountain lion or something like that :-). The real reason they do it, I believe, is that they are afraid of dogs. LOL

Sadly there are many people in this world that train their dogs to be monsters by maltreatment.  They do become weapons and can be very dangerous.  I'd guess that is what made this rule come about.

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« Reply #28 on: February 18, 2010, 09:00:59 AM »
Not all dogs have to be microchiped, the PO will let you know when they come out prior to an inmates release!
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« Reply #29 on: February 18, 2010, 11:35:07 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how old is this law? It is something relatively new. And I do hope they don't microchip Yorkshire Terriers. Although, one lady I used to clean for had a really cute little guy named Tev. And he hated and attacked my vaccume cleaner. He was quite vicious when he saw it LOL
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« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2010, 06:32:04 AM »
I believe the law has been on the books for a few years.  I have not been on parole for years but I was aware of the law through my PO and my husband was aware in 2005.
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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2010, 12:44:29 PM »
Okay have a ?
Regarding the Dog Law Thing
I have 2 dogs One is a golden retriver who is a rescue dog and another is a husky whom is a rescue also.
Now? is this my husky is a jumper and a licker plus a sniffer lol.. But the retriver is the protecter whom is really nosey and wants to see all. But the golden has to be muzzled bc since he has been with us for only 1 1/2 he is still very scarey and weird. I dont know really what to do they both are chipped and both nuetured and stuff i just worry about the golden retriever. So do u think they will let me keep him muzzled or say he could not parole there bc of that. So worried about this:wc17:.. Any info that can be given will be helpful. TY Ladies ...

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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2010, 12:48:35 PM »
I'd just muzzle the one when the PO comes to visit.  I don't think retrievers are on the dangerous dog list....
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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2010, 12:55:17 PM »
Our PO told me to have a crate for both dogs. Because for anyreason they needed to search the dogs the dogs would be out of the way!
You could use a crate as an alternative option.

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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2010, 01:28:15 PM »
This law does not apply to all convicted felons. 

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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2010, 01:31:20 PM »
I believe this law does apply to all convicted felons while on parole.  I was only in prison (years ago) for a bad check and was required to follow that guideline.
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« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2010, 01:31:45 PM »
Sorry...hit post instead on preview...here is the rest of my comment.

This law only applies to the following parolees...

a person convicted of a forcible felony
a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act
a felony violation of Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (dangerous weapon)
a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act
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« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2010, 01:34:03 PM »
That may be what is on the law books but I will tell you most PO's enforce that dog law no matter the conviction as the PO's set the rules for their parolees.
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« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2010, 02:30:23 PM »
Thank You For all the helpful info regarding this matter i was stressing about this one. I didn't want any type of problems he has waited to long to hear he couldn't come home bc of the dogs. But i like the crate idea. Plus the muzzle one i will start getting the dog used to the idea that they will be crated and muzzeled bc now they just have free roam so this is going to be a big change we have 16 months to get the dogs ready for this one. Wish me luck cause i really dont wanna get rid of my baby's :(

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« Reply #39 on: March 24, 2010, 03:14:50 PM »
I got my yorkie micro chipped just in case. It only cost 30.00 so it was well worth it not to have a chance at a violation. I don't want to give them any reason to take my son back!

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« Reply #40 on: March 24, 2010, 04:59:11 PM »
Hey  Hisgirl---my yorkie  also  attacks our vacuum cleaner  haha. But AFTER he chases our cat out the room. I mean he is furious about it.  When I tell him to stop he will but he is not happy about it.  I think it is the high pitch noise he does not like.  I like when when we go for a walk  if I don't go his way (to see another dog)  he will grab the leash line and shake and shake it  growling like "I am so mad at you right now".  haha.

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« Reply #41 on: March 25, 2010, 08:26:00 AM »
That may be what is on the law books but I will tell you most PO's enforce that dog law no matter the conviction as the PO's set the rules for their parolees.

You are right Ivans, it all depends on the PO and what *they* tell you to do. We've had members with little dogs being told to have them taken care of and others that were never bothered.  As is the case with everything IDOC, nothing is consistent!
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« Reply #42 on: March 25, 2010, 08:39:13 AM »
I just double checked to make sure I had posted the text of this statute and I did on the first page of this thread.  It clearly states which offenses are required to spay their dogs.  The next section is for paroled felons, stating they must all be microchipped.  Seems simple enough to me...
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #43 on: April 18, 2010, 10:22:29 AM »
It is stated on my LO release paper's that he can not be around Pittbull's and rottweilers.I wish i had one when they rearrested him and that surely would have really been a violation.I couldn't believe it was on the paper's but i saw it.I meant so they could bite them agent's in their you know what.I didn't mean for him to get rearrested but that at least would of been a cause instead how they made up their own   Lie's

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« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2010, 10:39:08 AM »
Surely you're joking....they will get violated for having these dogs.  They are often trained to kill and PO's and other IDOC personnel can't risk entering a home with these dogs....that's why it's on the parole rules. 
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #45 on: April 18, 2010, 11:04:02 AM »
I know that but I thougt at first it was because of the felon .Like you can't have guns in the household.Which i understand.But i thought a dog?Yes you are right for the fact if a pittbull attack's a P.O,they have every right to pull their gun on it.

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« Reply #46 on: May 02, 2010, 01:33:22 AM »
so does this mean that my son will not be able to visit my house while he is on parole since i have a Pit bull and im not going to chip him or fix him..my address IS NOT going to be his parole address

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #47 on: May 02, 2010, 09:18:14 AM »
If your son is not living with you and there's no danger to any IDOC personnel by coming to your home I don't think this will apply to your son.  I have my animals microchipped just because I don't want to ever lose them and they've been fixed for their own health. 
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« Reply #48 on: May 02, 2010, 09:38:48 AM »
If you contact your local animal control ,they give out free neutering and spading coupons to have your animal fixed.Also the only charge $15.00 for a microchip.Just thought i would tell everyone in case money is tight.

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« Reply #49 on: May 02, 2010, 09:43:13 AM »
Some places do...not in DuPage county.  I paid $50 per chip and $300 per dog for neutering.  They stopped offering free spaying/neutering.  Cook County is much cheaper though.
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« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2010, 09:27:57 PM »
TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb IL offers low cost spays and neuters to the public and $15 microchipping.  We just opened our new Training and Veterinary Center for just this purpose.  Hope that helps anyone in that/my area.

This brings me to my question.  I have read all of the posts from this thread and Section 15.  I have a major concern and confusion about this.  I am the on-staff animal behaviorist for TAILS Humane Society and also have a private animal behavior therapy company.  I am on the look out for a new "working dog" and have decided I would like a Pit Bull as I am also a huge advocate/educator for the Pit Bull/Bully Breed plight.

So my question is this, I was not able to find in Section 15 anywhere did it specifically say "Pit Bull" or "Rott".  It stated that a parolee may not be paroled to house that has a "vicious" dog.  It does give a detailed description of a vicious dog but that description is not breed specific.  So, they cannot be  paroled to a house where there is a Pit?  Or a dog that has been deemed vicious by the county's Animal Control?

The spay/neuter & micro chipping does not bother me as my two current dogs came from TAILS.  But one is an Old English Bull dog, is this considered a Bully/Pit/vicious dog because of the breed?

This causes me great concern for obvious reasons on top of the fact that yet again I see legislation that is prejudice against Pits.

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2010, 04:21:29 PM »
Though most of us know better, there are some breeds that have been labeled vicious by society and legislatures. Pits, dobermans, and german shepards pop to mind first. I don't know if a PO would make an exception if one of those were a service dog. It's worth finding out. But there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Imagine the walking disaster Daz's brilliant Bo might be if she hadn't taken the time to focus his energy.

Everytime I read through this thread, I start thinking about how our loved ones are a lot like the animals beeing discussed. Like these lovable dogs, they are stuck being thought of as these horrible creatures. It's a crying shame so many people think of them as dangerous beasts not worth saving.

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« Reply #52 on: May 03, 2010, 09:05:16 PM »
I believe somewhere I read a list of the top ten most vicious dogs.  I raised Chows for many years and they were on this list.  I was surprised to learn that Dalmations weren't very nice either.  It has so much to do with their training.  Pit bulls that are bred and raised to be vicious give them all a bad rap.  I don't know what you mean by 'working dog'?  If you are referring to a service dog I don't know if that would be exempt from the IDOC's rules.  Service animals are not considered to be dogs.  They have all the legal rights as their handlers.  Service dogs are also not vicious. 

If you are talking about a 'Daddy' like Cesar Milan's dog....one that he uses to adjust behaviors in other dogs, that's not a service animal.  The dog that the Pit Boss uses is a service dog.  He's used for protection and to carry things for the little person.  Therapy dogs are not service dogs either.  They aren't covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act as service dogs are.  It's a federal offense to not allow access to a service dog....including on airliners, restaurants, cabs, grocery stores, doctor's offices, hospitals..anywhere the owner is allowed.  I image that would include prisons too.  Hmm, maybe someday I can test this theory....LOL.

Now if this pit bull has exemplary behavior you might be able to pass him off as a service animal while the parole officer is at your home.  This whole law is because many inmates own vicious dogs...the PO's are afraid to enter the home.  If they do a sweep of residences they don't want to be met by a vicious animal that might harm them. 

LOL...I have to laugh because if they came to my house they wouldn't have to worry about Bo...they'd better worry about my 30 pound cockapoo....he'll tear them up if they just walk in the house.  He's a fabulous watchdog, but as gentle as a lamb if he knows you....

I wonder if most PO's enforce this rule.  When J's PO came for the home visit my dogs were all over her...including my big Chow at the time...she didn't mind them at all...
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2010, 09:11:33 PM »
This is taken from the Animal Control Act, Section 15:

"Guide dogs for the blind or hearing impaired, support dogs for the physically handicapped, and sentry, guard, or police-owned dogs are exempt from this Section; provided, an attack or injury to a person occurs while the dog is performing duties as expected. To qualify for exemption under this Section, each such dog shall be currently inoculated against rabies in accordance with Section 8 of this Act. It shall be the duty of the owner of such exempted dog to notify the Administrator of changes of address. In the case of a sentry or guard dog, the owner shall keep the Administrator advised of the location where such dog will be stationed. The Administrator shall provide police and fire departments with a categorized list of such exempted dogs, and shall promptly notify such departments of any address changes reported to him."
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #54 on: May 03, 2010, 09:15:35 PM »
If you read Section 15 closely I think you can interpret it to mean any dog that has been involved in incidents in the past and was deemed 'vicious' by a veterinarian.  That would include any breed that had bitten or otherwise injured someone.  I think if your dog is well-behaved and not threatening and it's microchipped it should be okay. 




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« Reply #55 on: May 03, 2010, 09:21:55 PM »
Thank you for the information Dazz.  Being in the industry I am in for the past 20 years, I already know all of this...but thank you!  I am sure it will be helpful to others.  My "working" dog will not be a service, therapy or guard dog of any kind.  I simply need a dog to demonstrate behaviors and cues for my students and any demonstration I might have.  My current Great Dane and Bulldog are much too lazy and spoiled to qualify!   :wc1:

So, it sounds as if it will be up to the particular PO that gets assigned what is deemed vicious or not.  One of the earlier posts here said that DeKalb County doesn't even enforce this law.  I am in DeKalb county.  Let's hope.  I am just looking to avoid causing problems for my LO when he returns and I certainly don't want to bring a dog into my house to love, train and spoil (did you honestly think I wouldn't? LOL) only to have to return it to the shelter in a year.

I have my eye on this wonderful 3 legged Pit that shows lots of promise.  I just don't want to break her heart, my heart and my children's heart in a year if a PO decided he/she doesn't like my dog.  Should have guessed there would be no concrete answer....seems to be the way with IDOC.

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« Reply #56 on: May 03, 2010, 09:24:37 PM »
and....by the way.  Chows did hit the top ten for most likely to bite, along with the beloved Golden Retriever.  Go figure.  Pit Bulls actually fall somewhere around 50th.

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« Reply #57 on: May 03, 2010, 09:25:12 PM »
Top Ten (10) Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

All dogs can be potentially dangerous, however some dogs are more dangerous than others. Various types of breeds can be considerably stronger and larger than a person of average size. Training, socialization and proper care can make a significant impact, however some dogs are by years of breeding more aggressive. After in depth research and analyzing the studies performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, we have compiled the top ten most dangerous dog breeds.

10. Dalmatian

Dalmatians are very protective dogs and can be aggressive towards humans. They are very active and need lots of exercise. They have very sensitive natures and an excellent memory. This bred is famed for their intelligence, indepedence, and survival instincts.

Weight: 40-70 lbs.
Origin: Yugoslavia

9. Boxer

Unlike their name suggest, these dogs are not typically aggressive by nature. They are bright, energetic and playful breed. Boxers have been known to be "headstrong", which makes it a bit difficult to train them but with positive reinforcement techniques, Boxers often respond much better.

Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Origin: Germany

8. Presa Canario

Originally bred to guard and fight with cattle, an attack by this dog has been described as hopeless for the victim. They are a guardian breed with man-stopping ability, incredible power and a complete lack of fear.

Weight: 80-115 lbs.
Origin: Canary Islands

7. Chow Chow

These dogs can be aggressive if poorly bred. The Chow Chow may appear to be independent and aloof for much of the day but needs constant reinforcement.

Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Origin: China

6. Doberman Pinschers

Dobermans are great guard dogs for their alertness, intelligence and loyalty. They can be agressive dogs when provoked. The typical pet Doberman attacks only if it believes that it, its property, or its family are in danger.

Weight: 65-90 lbs.
Origin: Germany

5. Alaskan Malamutes

These dogs are very energetic and active. If they are bored, they can become destructive. That's why this dog needs lots of exercise to be happy.

Weight: 75-100 lbs.
Origin: Nordic

4. Huskies

Very energetic and intelligent dogs. Not considered a good guard dog because of its personality characteristics and gentle temperament. A 2000 study of dog bites resulting in human fatalities in the U.S. found fifteen such fatalities (6% of the total) were caused by "husky-type" dogs between 1979 and 1997.

Weight: 44-66 lbs.
Origin: Alaska

3. German Shepherds

These dogs are intelligent and very alert. They are highly used by local authorities such as the police K-9 unit. German shepherds are known to be fearless and confident dogs.

Weight: 70-100 lbs.
Origin: Germany

2. Rottweilers

Rottweilers are known to be very aggressive dogs because of their keen territorial instincts. That's why they make great guard dogs.

Weight: 100-130 lbs.
Origin: Germany

1. Pit Bulls

A pit bull is a fearless dog that will take on any opponent. They will lock their jaws onto the prey until it's dead. Pit bulls have a reputation of mauling people to death and they are highly sought for dog fighting.

Weight: 55-65 lbs.
Origin: United States

Dogs most often make wonderful pets, however in certain circumstances, any type of dog can be dangerous. Even friendly dogs, can inflict great harm in the wrong circumstance.
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« Reply #58 on: May 03, 2010, 09:30:26 PM »
I've had five chow chows, two boxers, one shepherd and one husky-shepherd mix and they are all getting a bad rap....some of the best dogs I ever owned...
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #59 on: May 04, 2010, 07:28:05 PM »
Yeah, what the hell!  We have 2 boxers and they are the best trained dogs in our neighborhood, hell in the town. I don't think the AVMA knows what they are talking about, JERKS!

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« Reply #60 on: May 04, 2010, 11:32:00 PM »
our pit is a real baby but as said very protective of me my wife i dont think he would do ever bite anyone but im not the type of person to take a chance..

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« Reply #61 on: May 04, 2010, 11:36:40 PM »
My lab was playing with a pit tonite at the dog park....he was very sweet and put up with Bo's shenanighans....LOL.  They really do get a bad rap.  Most of the other owners kept their dogs away from him...I thought he was beautiful...all gray with a white face stripe...and he was very friendly to me....
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« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2010, 06:59:02 AM »
From the American Temperament Testing Society ~ ATTS Breed Statistics as of December 2008

Page 1: Afghan Hound - Belgian Malinois
Breed Name    Tested    Passed    Failed    Percent
AFGHAN HOUND   161   116   45   72.0%
AIREDALE TERRIER   100   77   23   77.0%
AKBASH DOG   15   13   2   86.7%
AKITA   492   365   127   74.2%
ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG   8   5   3   62.5%
ALASKAN MALAMUTE   212   179   33   84.4%
AMERICAN BULLDOG   170   144   26   84.7%
AMERICAN ESKIMO   80   66   14   82.5%
AMERICAN FOXHOUND   2   2   0   100.0%
AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER   665   567   98   85.3%
AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER   570   478   92   83.9%


If you are interested here is a link to my Pit Bull page on facebook.  Information, stories, pics ~ all to spread the goodness and dispel the myth.

By the way, I have decided to bring Bailey the 3 legged pit home on Friday.

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #63 on: May 10, 2010, 01:11:00 AM »
I have a 125lb German Shepard, who does look very intimidating when your standing outside the fence, however the minute your in the yard, all he wants is loving.

I like Dazz have owned several dogs,2 Great Danes,2 Pitts, 2 Labs, 1 Yorkie and a Rat terrier and they were all the most loving non-aggresive animals. My son had rescued a Golden Retriever and she bite my 2 year old son on his face, I ended up having to rush him to the hospital. All the E.R. staff kept saying to me was, "you've got to be kidding a Golden Retriever did this". So like it was said in other posts, I guess its all how they are raised.

Bailey, the Golden Retriever went to home with an older couple that had no children and is doing great now.

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« Reply #64 on: May 10, 2010, 08:11:32 AM »
Several weeks ago a Golden Retriever that was in Bo's obedience class had to be put down for biting it's owners the fifth time...he was very aggressive in class also and Bo was a little intimidated by him.  After he was put down we were all able to drop the leashes and let them have play time before class.  He tainted the whole class.
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« Reply #65 on: May 10, 2010, 07:40:55 PM »
That just goes to show that even the dogs that are classified as "Good Family Pets", don't seem to be so good after all. Yet P.O's are worried about Pits, Rotts and Shepard's?!

By the way Dazz, Bo is adorable, you can see all his curiosity in his eyes,lol.

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« Reply #66 on: July 11, 2010, 03:30:38 PM »
ok wat exactly is a forcably felony mean

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« Reply #67 on: July 11, 2010, 04:14:26 PM »
ok wat exactly is a forcably felony mean

Under [section] 2-8 of the Illinois Code,

"Forcible felony" means treason, first degree murder, second degree
   murder, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated
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   burglary, residential burglary, aggravated arson, arson, aggravated
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« Reply #68 on: July 28, 2010, 12:06:10 PM »
Yes it is true...I own a  training, boarding and daycare center for dogs.  I have 3  German Shepherds,  I had to agree to keep them at my facility while my lo lived with me.  Now, whether I did or not is another subject.

Actually, my dogs were probably the best therapy for him...when I met my lo, he was afraid of my dogs and wouldn't have much to do with them...they however felt differently and wouldn't give in till he showed them some love.  He ended up doing much of the caregiving and it used to take my breath away to see them all laying at his feet while he watched TV.   *sigh*
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« Reply #69 on: September 25, 2010, 10:43:43 AM »
I have a 2 yr. old pitbull who is a big baby. Doesn't even hurt a fly lol..my l/o will be home soon on parole in my home and wondering if our pitbull would be a problem...she is spayed and microchipped. I have paperwork to prove it. Anyone?

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« Reply #70 on: September 25, 2010, 11:15:46 AM »
Probably not, unless it's been determined to be a 'dangerous dog' under Section 15 of Illinois' Animal Control Act.  That  would involve a court order....so I doubt it applies to you.  Your LO's PO will tell you if you need to remove the dog from the home.
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« Reply #71 on: September 25, 2010, 11:28:42 AM »
Again, thank you Dazz :)

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« Reply #72 on: September 25, 2010, 11:45:09 AM »
I'd make sure the dog is microchipped and spayed/neutered though.
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« Reply #73 on: September 28, 2010, 11:56:16 PM »
If you contact your local animal control ,they give out free neutering and spading coupons to have your animal fixed.Also the only charge $15.00 for a microchip.Just thought i would tell everyone in case money is tight.

not in will county either you take a pit or sheaperd or dogs of similar they try to talk you into putting them down as a vissious animal..animal control has really changed in the past few years its all about money not a loveing home for the pet

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« Reply #74 on: September 29, 2010, 09:01:43 AM »
There are many Humane Societies & Animal Shelters that offer low cost Spay/Neuter.  It is in their best interest to help people sterilize their pets and keep them in their homes.  Any Animal Control Agency on the other hand does not have the same in mind.  Google shelters or humane society in your area and give them a call ~ for any one looking.  Also shelters and humane societies offer cheap micro chipping vaccinations.  Good luck to all.
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« Reply #75 on: October 31, 2010, 11:37:03 PM »
I called my vet and asked if there as a program for spay/neuter , they had applications at their office, I picked one up filled it out sent it to Springfield and about 5 weeks later I recieved a voucher in the mail. I just had my boy fixed a week and half ago. It cost me 15.00 for rabies and neuter and 20.00 for his county tag. Not bad in my eyes and his vet accepted the voucher. YAY.

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« Reply #76 on: February 20, 2011, 10:52:49 AM »
I haven't been able to get a straight answer on this. Will my loved one be able to come home to our house, we have a couple of small dogs? Some of the inmates at county jail old my husband you can't have dogs. I asked a CO there and she told me that if he had been arrested for animal cruelty we couldn't, but otherwise it wouldn't be a problem. I asked while I was at Jacksonville yesterday & they couldn't tell me. An inmate there told J that his parole was denied because his sister had 2 small dogs that didn't have shots and/or weren't spayed or nuetered. Does anyone know what the rule is?
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #77 on: February 20, 2011, 11:02:11 AM »
There is a dog law on the books concerning convicted felons.  This law mostly pertains to dogs that have been deemed vicious.  I am mobile right now  and can't pull the link at the moment but I'm sure someone will be along to post you more information. You can use the search button on the home page of the forum to find the information you are looking for.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #78 on: February 20, 2011, 11:06:43 AM »
I've moved this topic to our Parole /Re-Entry board and there are a few topics here about dogs and parole, here is one link:


http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php/topic,6430.0.html

In the past some members with small dogs have had no problems, it again depends on some PO's.

Here is the statue regarding the Dog Law:





(720 ILCS 5/12‑36)
    Sec. 12‑36. Possession of certain dogs by felons prohibited.
    (a) For a period of 10 years commencing upon the release of a person from incarceration, it is unlawful for a person convicted of a forcible felony, a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act, a felony violation of Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 1961, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Cannabis Control Act, or a felony violation of Class 2 or higher of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, to knowingly own, possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with, either:
        (1) an unspayed or unneutered dog or puppy older than
     12 weeks of age; or
 
        (2) irrespective of whether the dog has been spayed
     or neutered, any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
 
    (b) Any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of a person convicted of a felony, as described in subsection (a), must be microchipped for permanent identification.
    (c) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this Section that the dog in question is neutered or spayed, or that the dog in question was neutered or spayed within 7 days of the defendant being charged with a violation of this Section. Medical records from, or the certificate of, a doctor of veterinary medicine licensed to practice in the State of Illinois who has personally examined or operated upon the dog, unambiguously indicating whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered, shall be prima facie true and correct, and shall be sufficient evidence of whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered. This subsection (d) is not applicable to any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑818, eff. 1‑1‑07.)



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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #79 on: February 20, 2011, 03:01:11 PM »
Thanks everyone. We have 2 little weiner dogs that are nuetered & vaccinated. Hopefully - no problem.
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« Reply #80 on: February 20, 2011, 03:08:07 PM »
Thanks everyone. We have 2 little weiner dogs that are nuetered & vaccinated. Hopefully - no problem.

I love weiner dogs, have two myself and had no problems with them!  Good Luck!
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #81 on: February 21, 2011, 06:16:04 AM »
Some PO's will enforce this law to the maximum and other PO's may be more lax.  I would just take a cue the PO gives concerning your dogs when the PO makes his/her home visit.  The PO will definitely let you know what they expect out of the parolee.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #82 on: February 21, 2011, 01:57:50 PM »
Most of the dogs they are concerned with are what they deem "vicious (sp) breeds", such as the Pit Bull, Doberman, German Shephard, along those breed lines. Some PO's do require they pets be microchipped, some don't. I had a Black Lab, and he was not neutered, or microchipped, and was not told he had to be. So I think it is up to the PO. Good Luck!
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #83 on: May 24, 2011, 08:36:20 AM »
Ok so we have a dog but live in Maryland and my wife will be home in about 8 months its a pitbull but we have had him for 9 years  since a pup
He is microchiped and neuterd. Will she not be allowed to have him, do the parole laws in illinois affect Maryland too or do they go state by state?

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #84 on: May 24, 2011, 03:23:55 PM »
Ok so we have a dog but live in Maryland and my wife will be home in about 8 months its a pitbull but we have had him for 9 years  since a pup
He is microchiped and neuterd. Will she not be allowed to have him, do the parole laws in illinois affect Maryland too or do they go state by state?

Is your wife coming to Maryland on Interstate Compact AGreement?  If so,then find out what your laws are there for dogs, it would be different then here in Illinois.
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« Reply #85 on: May 25, 2011, 01:20:07 PM »
She is coming home on Parole as long as the state accepts her there is no reason why They shouldn't we live here all her family is here.This is were we reside.

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« Reply #86 on: May 25, 2011, 01:22:21 PM »
She is coming home on Parole as long as the state accepts her there is no reason why They shouldn't we live here all her family is here.This is were we reside.

Yes, but you need to have a Interstate Compact Agreement in place before she would be allowed to come to another state to do her parole.

Check out this link for our Interstate Compact Board:

http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php/board,31.0.html
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #87 on: May 25, 2011, 07:54:36 PM »
Ok then yes, she is applying for this. I'm sorry I am kinda new to this, I did just send a letter, she asked me to write about taking financial responsibility and to aid her in her supervision to a counselor at Decatur Prison. So we are working on that as of now. So back to my question about the dog because she is really worried that they will make us get rid of him and we just cant do that he is old and a part of the family, its not like we just got him a week ago.

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« Reply #88 on: May 25, 2011, 07:56:31 PM »
You are going to have to check your state rules for parolees and dogs. Not sure if they have a website with this information, or you'll have to call them.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #89 on: April 12, 2012, 03:19:41 PM »
The PO made us remove our dog before he would approve the house for our son to parole to - we are devastated.  We live on 2+ acres and they won't even agree to have the dog in a locked kennel on our property.  Our neighbor has agreed to let the dog be kenneled on his property.  Is this a bad idea?

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« Reply #90 on: April 12, 2012, 03:31:17 PM »
This is something we just dealt with and it was one of the charges they wanted to charge my husband with. The law indicates the dog has to be spayed or nuetured and has to be micro chipped. The dog can not be considered a visious dog either like a pit bull, even though all pit bulls are not visious.

(720 ILCS 5/12-36)
    Sec. 12-36. Possession of unsterilized or vicious dogs by felons prohibited.
    (a) For a period of 10 years commencing upon the release of a person from incarceration, it is unlawful for a person convicted of a forcible felony, a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act, a felony violation of Section 26-5 of this Code, a felony violation of Article 24 of this Code, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Cannabis Control Act, or a felony violation of Class 2 or higher of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, to knowingly own, possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with, either:
        (1) an unspayed or unneutered dog or puppy older than 
     12 weeks of age; or
 
        (2) irrespective of whether the dog has been spayed 
     or neutered, any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
 
    (b) Any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of a person convicted of a felony, as described in subsection (a), must be microchipped for permanent identification.
    (c) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this Section that the dog in question is neutered or spayed, or that the dog in question was neutered or spayed within 7 days of the defendant being charged with a violation of this Section. Medical records from, or the certificate of, a doctor of veterinary medicine licensed to practice in the State of Illinois who has personally examined or operated upon the dog, unambiguously indicating whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered, shall be prima facie true and correct, and shall be sufficient evidence of whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered. This subsection (d) is not applicable to any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-185, eff. 1-1-10.)

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #91 on: April 12, 2012, 03:36:35 PM »
Do these rules ONLY apply to those that have been convicted under the Humane care for Animals Act or any of the drug offense acts?  I have a almost 2-year old pit bull that is not fixed or chipped but the conviction was not for a violent act or drug offense.

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« Reply #92 on: April 12, 2012, 03:41:43 PM »
From what they kept telling us it does not matter what the felon is charged with if you are a felon you have to abide by the law. We told them we had never heard of the law and they said "well we blame the probation/parole officers for that because they are suppose to tell each felon and fail to do so at times." The way I read the law I thought the dog had to weigh over a certain weight and she said nope they all have to be fixed and micro chipped reguardless of their size.

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #93 on: April 12, 2012, 03:51:03 PM »
Our dog is neutered and chipped but they consider him vicious. 

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« Reply #94 on: April 12, 2012, 03:54:55 PM »
Well that isn't right. Is there any record of the dog being visious? Because I think you can fight that if your dog has never harmed anyone or any other animal.

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« Reply #95 on: April 12, 2012, 03:55:13 PM »
This is all normal and it all depends on your PO .. some PO's are fine with dogs, not being fixed etc and others make you follow the rules to the T, and some have had them removed from the property. 

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« Reply #96 on: April 12, 2012, 04:02:35 PM »
PO's and other law enforcement must have access to your home at any hour of the day or night...some are afraid of dogs...this is an individual decision by each parole office and if they are afraid of dogs they enforce it....
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« Reply #97 on: April 12, 2012, 04:03:40 PM »
If we have him in a kennel on our neighbors property do you think there's anything they can do about it?

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« Reply #98 on: April 12, 2012, 04:07:19 PM »
Have they seen the dog?  I can't see what it would hurt if it was boarded there....just keep it quiet in case...the dog's off your property...
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #100 on: April 12, 2012, 08:34:55 PM »
Thank you Mah.

I have never had a problem with my dog. She is never off her leash or out of my sight. I'm hoping those two items in addition to having her fixed and chipped will be enough.

My 8-year old son has had 2 of the dogs that he has grown up with die in the past year and a half and even overhearing me talk about getting rid of her devastates him.

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« Reply #101 on: April 13, 2012, 09:08:49 PM »
This picture next to my profile is my dog.  She is a 5 pound rat terrior and wouldn't hurt a fly but I remember my parole officer way back when wanted me to have her fixed and chipped.  I thought he was out of his mind!!!  I did have her fixed but never had her micro-chipped.  Maddie has been my constant copmanion for many years.  Does she look viscious to anyone LOL.  She runs from her dam reflection in the mirror     :wc15:  However the other dog we had I had to get rid of.
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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #102 on: July 08, 2012, 08:13:57 AM »
Sorry if this is redundant, but can an SO live in a home with a dog that has been neutered and is microchipped if the dog is not vicious?

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #103 on: July 08, 2012, 08:42:31 AM »
It all depends on the PO. Some of them have no problems with dogs, and others don't want them anywhere around.

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« Reply #104 on: July 08, 2012, 12:05:32 PM »
Sorry if this is redundant, but can an SO live in a home with a dog that has been neutered and is microchipped if the dog is not vicious?

There are no specific dog laws for SO's, the law is for all offenders and if the dog is considered to be vicious under the law, they are to be microchipped and neutered. It applies to certain dogs and convictions, but  it could depend on the PO and how they must feel about dogs.  We have some members on IPT, that have had no problems with their dogs, while others had to go through the process of being chipped and neutered, from a Rottie to a Yorkie ....

Here is the link to the full Animal Control Act:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1704&ChapAct=510%C2%A0ILCS%C2%A05/&ChapterID=41&ChapterName=ANIMALS&ActName=Animal+Control+Act

It applies to certain dogs and certain felonies committed by parolee:



a person convicted of a forcible felony
a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act
a felony violation of Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (dangerous weapon)
a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act
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« Reply #105 on: November 11, 2013, 10:04:36 PM »
Is there a limit to how many dogs you can have?

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« Reply #106 on: November 11, 2013, 11:20:22 PM »
Hi, so I was wondering whats going to happen as far as my pets go... my boyfriend gets home from bootcamp February 2014 & I wanna make sure everything goes smoothly for him to parole here. we have a 3 year old german shepard/chow mix that's fixed. & we have a 1 1/2 year old german shepard/chow/lab mix who is not fixed. is this okay? if not what do I have to do to make it okay?

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« Reply #107 on: November 11, 2013, 11:31:54 PM »
The parole officer gets to make the decisions regarding dogs allowed. He/she may want your other dog fixed, and/or both dogs micro-chipped. Since a PO can show up at your house at any time, they may want the dogs to be chained up outside. You'll have to wait for the PO to give their specific rules.

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« Reply #108 on: November 12, 2013, 08:22:16 AM »
Okay thank you

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« Reply #109 on: December 23, 2013, 12:04:09 PM »
Is there a specific amount of dogs you are allowed to have?  I have 4 dogs, all little ankle biters, all of them are vaccinated, micro chipped and neutered.

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« Reply #110 on: December 23, 2013, 12:22:08 PM »
Is there a specific amount of dogs you are allowed to have?  I have 4 dogs, all little ankle biters, all of them are vaccinated, micro chipped and neutered.
Call  the  Parole # 1-800-666-6744 and ask, I don't think there is a limit.
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« Reply #111 on: December 23, 2013, 12:33:15 PM »
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« Reply #112 on: July 19, 2016, 09:21:08 AM »
I've read through this post and haven't really gotten my question answered. We recently got a new puppy, Zeus will be 8 weeks old on Saturday. He is a golden retriever/lab mix.  Definitely not a vicious dog, but will be a large dog (about 75 pounds when full grown). I see that the parolee rule is for spay/neuter at 12 weeks, but research indicates that spaying a larger breed dog that young has negative physical effects.  For instance, with Zeus, the concern is that neutering at 1 year old is recommended, 6 months is the earliest the vet would want to neuter him. Neutering too early affects the hormone levels, which in turn keeps the growth plates open on the hind legs causing the legs to overgrow and can lead to an dramatically increased chance of many joint and muscular issues such as hip dysplasia and torn ligaments. Our pets are our babies, other than Zeus, they are spayed/neutered & microchipped. They go to the vet on a regular basis and we feed them only the very best foods that research recommends. I really don't want to do his neuter until at least his growth plate has started to close up at 6 months. What is your recommendations for navigating this issue?
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« Reply #113 on: July 19, 2016, 09:44:26 AM »

Has the PO told you to do this?
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« Reply #114 on: July 19, 2016, 10:48:17 AM »
No he has not, we really try not to ask the P.O. questions unless he has stopped by the house (unless it is an emergency), he is so busy and we don't want to add to his load or aggravate him. Honestly, we also get more yes answers if we ask in person, versus putting a call in for a call back to ask a question.  In the meantime, I'm just gathering information for the conversation we will have with him whenever he does come by.
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« Reply #115 on: July 21, 2016, 11:24:03 AM »
I just heard about this law and I'm told that the whole thing depends on the PO. Some counties don't even enforce the law, I think DeKalb is one that doesn't. A lady my daughter works with told her that the PO for her LO said any dog in the home has to be neutered/spayed and microchipped. This PO is enforcing it. Our friend paroled to his daughter's home which is next door to me and they have 2 unruly rescue Pitts! They didn't have to do anything and our friend who was paroled there did his time for possession of a weapon plus drug charges! So go figure! IDOC is inconsistent with everything they do, why should this be any different? lol

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Re: Dog Laws for Felons ....
« Reply #116 on: July 21, 2016, 05:34:51 PM »
I just heard about this law and I'm told that the whole thing depends on the PO. Some counties don't even enforce the law, I think DeKalb is one that doesn't. A lady my daughter works with told her that the PO for her LO said any dog in the home has to be neutered/spayed and microchipped. This PO is enforcing it. Our friend paroled to his daughter's home which is next door to me and they have 2 unruly rescue Pitts! They didn't have to do anything and our friend who was paroled there did his time for possession of a weapon plus drug charges! So go figure! IDOC is inconsistent with everything they do, why should this be any different? lol

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