Laws You Should Know
The laws below apply to all City and County residents unless otherwise stated . For a complete copy of the animal control ordinances for your area, call PCAPS at (309) 672-2440 or go to http://www.municode.com/.
- All dogs and cats must remain on their owner's property at all times unless restrained by a leash or cage.
- All dogs and cats over four (4) months of age must be vaccinated against rabies and registered in Peoria County.
- All animal bites to humans must be reported to the animal shelter within 24 hours.
- No dog or cat may create a nuisance by:
- Excessive barking or noisemaking,
- Causing unsanitary or offensive conditions,
- Damaging property,
- Chasing vehicles, or
- Attacking, chasing, interfering with or intimidating people.
- No person may abandon any pet.
- Every pet owner must provide food, water, shelter, and medical care to their animal.
- No person may treat an animal cruelly by:
- Killing or wounding;
- Beating, ill-treating, tormenting, overloading, or overworking;
- Causing, instigating, permitting or attending any dogfight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans; or
- Allowing an animal to remain unattended in a motor vehicle where the animal's health is threatened.
- No person may own a vicious or dangerous animal. City residents with more than four dogs and/or cats must obtain a multiple pet license.
- Any female dog or cat in heat must be confined within a secure enclosure.
- Only two dogs are permitted outdoors on lots of less than 10,890 square feet.
- All dog houses and kennels must be placed in the rear yard at least 10 feet from all adjoining property.
Ordinance violation tickets may be issued when a violation occurs and fines range from $50-$300. For a complete copy of the animal control ordinance, please contact PCAPS at (309) 672-2440 or go to http://www.municode.com/.