Chicago Toughens Dangerous Dog Penalties

Owners who refuse to turn over dogs could face stiff fines, jail time.

Posted: March 17, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

The city of Chicago is toughening its penalties on owners of dangerous dogs, not only doubling fines, but also adding possible jail terms of up to six months if owners don’t comply with orders to turn over their animal.

During its March 14 meeting, the City Council approved the revisions to the city’s animal control ordinance.

Anyone failing to turn over a dangerous animal for impoundment when required would face up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Owners participating in or hosting a dog fight can be fined up to $5,000.

The new ordinance also adds stricter time limits to requirements for restraining and sterilizing dangerous animals, and such animals now must get an identifying microchip surgically implanted.

At the meeting, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said it was a better idea than breed-specific bans — such as a ban on Pit Bulls that some aldermen have proposed.

“You have to go after the owner, because the owner owns the dog. You can’t go after the dog alone,” Daley said.


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

10/4/2016 3:54:12 AM

I do not think that certain breeds of dogs are the problem. I believe it is the owners. To have a good dog there is allot of work and training that is required. Many people want to dog for a pet but just do not want to put in the time, energy and money. I have seen lots of dogs and not breed specific that are dangerous because of lack of owner commitment to the needs of the dog.

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Maybeck   Chicago, Illinois

6/2/2013 11:51:49 AM

I think pitts and people who own them suck and should get the hell to another planet.

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Patricia   Hillsboro, OH

3/19/2010 9:10:35 PM

I have 2 Rednose Pitts, 1 Rott, 1 Beagle, and a Walker coon Dog they all run free together on my 94 ackers.. My pitts Are Mother & Son pure breed I've had the Mother since she was 11 days old Oi had to bottle feed her when I got her & she came from a line of fighting dogs she is now 6yrs and she is the most loving dog u could ever find her and my 3yr grand Daughter roll around and play all the time. I believe it is all in the way the owners treat them as eo how any dog turns out they have Been given a bad Name gecause of the jerks that started Fighting the Breeds because of there Musculer Built But I am telling u the Dogs get a bad Rap Do to Idiots they are no diffrent from any other Dog

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Loura   Eugene, OR

6/27/2009 4:38:23 PM

I have 2 English Stafshire blue pitts thire mom is Rednose, my 2 girls are sweet to everyone, they are only a bit prtective like all dogs, it is when someone treats them rong like dog fighting, or beating them, I feel we need to see the Dog whisper man will help everone know the truth about how to have a good Dog!

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