Comments: IL SB0061 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly

Bill Title: Amends the Animal Welfare Act. Provides that an animal shelter, animal control facility, or rescue group or transfer group shall not adopt out any dog or adopt out or return or release any cat unless it has been sterilized and microchipped. Increases administrative fines imposed by the Department of Agriculture for a violation of the Act. Increases fees for licenses issued under the Act. Provides that all fees, fines, and other money received by the Department under the Act shall be paid into the Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Fund (rather than the General Revenue Fund) in the State Treasury for use in administering the Act. Amends the Animal Control Act. Provides that rabies impoundment, definitions, and the provisions of the Act are exclusive powers and functions of the State. Provides that the following administrative fines shall be imposed by the Department upon any entity that violates the Act or any rule adopted by the Department under this Act: (1) for the first violation, a fine of $3,000; (2) for a second violation that occurs within 2 years after the first violation, a fine of $5,000; and (3) for a third violation that occurs within 3 years of the first violation a fine of $10,000. Provides that all fees, fines, and other moneys received by the Department under the Act shall be paid into the Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Fund in the State Treasury for use in administering the Act. Makes conforming changes to the State Finance Act. Makes other changes.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-1)

Status: (Passed) 2019-08-09 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0295 [SB0061 Detail]

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