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Articles on Animals

New tethering rules and humane treatment of dogs July 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 320 Pursuant to the amended Humane Care for Animals Act, a dog owner may tether its dog outdoors so long as tethering will not exacerbate a known condition suffered by the dog.
Pet Custody April 2014 Column, Page 197 Here's what to do for divorcing partners who love their pet but not each other.
New requirements for pet stores and remedies for wronged pet-owners December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 Pursuant to a recent amendment of the Animal Welfare Act, immediately upon becoming aware of an outbreak of a contagious and life threatening disease, which includes diseases such as distemper or parvovirus, a pet shop operator is now legally obligated to notify the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Suit barred for plaintiffs who ‘came to the nuisance’ of fly-infested cattle farm By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 Lawpulse, Page 170 The Illinois Supreme Court held that the Farm Nuisance Suit Act barred recovery for plaintiffs who acquired a house across the road from a fly-infested cattle farm.
Pheasant, partridge, quail, and rabbit hunting regs amended December 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 632 The Department of Natural Resources (the "DNR") recently adopted amendments to the regulations hunting of cock pheasant, Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail, and rabbits.
Rabbit hunting season may be extended by one month. PA 097-1001 November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 The Illinois Wildlife Code has been amended to extend the possible open hunting season for cottontail, jack, and swamp rabbits (520 ILCS 5/2.27).
New rules for hound running areas June 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Department of Natural Resources (the “Department”) recently added new regulations governing hound-running areas. 17 Ill. Adm. Code 970.
Licensed persons may take possession of fur-bearing mammals killed by traffic accidents. PA 097-0628 May 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 240 The Wildlife Code has been amended to allow persons holding all appropriate licenses, stamps, or permits to take possession of fur-bearing mammals in certain situations where trapping or hunting of such fur-bearing mammals would otherwise have been prohibited. (520 ILCS 5/2.30.)
Changes in hunting and trapping regulations for 21 animals November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently amended the Wildlife Code for hunting of raccoons, opossums, striped skunks, red foxes, gray foxes, coyotes, woodchucks, ducks, geese, coots, doves, crows, woodcocks, snipes, rails, and teals as authorized by various sections of the Wildlife Code [520 ILCS 5/1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.13, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20, 2.23, 2.26, 2.30, 2.33, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.27, 3.28, and 3.29].
Gimme shelter By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2011 Lawpulse, Page 118 A look at the legal issues public and private animal shelters face.  
Asian carp reduction pilot program established. PA 096-0452 May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Department of Natural Resources has been charged with running a year-long pilot program focused on harvesting Silver Carp and Bighead Carp, two invasive species in the Illinois River, in order to facilitate an increase in population of native fish.
Cross reporting encouraged between Animal Control and the Department of Children and Family Services. PA 096-0494 May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Illinois lawmakers amended multiple Acts with the aim of facilitating cross-reporting between those charged with investigating possible animal and child abuse and neglect violations.
Inaugural Animal Law newsletter highlights ISBA’s newest section By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 The range of articles reflects the diversity and broad reach of animal-law practice.
Penalties stiffened for animal and dog fighting. PA 096-0226 February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Illinois lawmakers in recent months stiffened penalties for activities associated with animal and dog fighting. 
New adoption regulations for cats and dogs. PA 096-0314 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Animal shelters and animal control facilities now have the responsibility to sterilize and microchip all cats and dogs before they are ad. 
Measure of damages to pet may include the cost of veterinary care and treatment March 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 122 On December 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County awarding damages to the plaintiffs for tortious damage to their dog and modifying the damage award to equal the total costs of veterinary care required.
New rules allowing animals in hospitals for therapy programs November 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 554 The Department of Public Health made two amendments and added a new section to Part 250, which governs hospital licensing requirements. 77 Ill Adm Code 250.
Dog Bites Man: Liability for Dog Attacks Under the Animal Control Act By April Pruitt-Summers August 2008 Article, Page 408 The Illinois Animal Control Act eliminates the "one bite" rule and makes other changes to the common law of dog attacks.
A veterinary standard of care By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 Lawpulse, Page 334 The court makes explicit that veterinarians are "skilled" practitioners of a "profession or trade" and thus owe a duty of care.
Animal Control act amended. PA 095-0550 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Animal Control Act. 510 ILCS 5/2.17c. 
Rules require disclosure of compliance with Islamic laws and customs in food preparation February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 A new Part was added to the Department of Agriculture's rules on Animals and Animal Products. 8 Ill Adm Code 190. 
Wildlife Code amended to add new youth-only season. PA 095-0013 November 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 576 Section 2.25 of The Wildlife Code provides for the manner in which deer may be harvested in the state of Illinois. 520 ILCS 5/2.25.
Correspondence from Our Readers October 2007 Column, Page 506 Animal law and the ISBA; dogs and damages; KSR and patenting legal techniques  
Horse meat no longer for human consumption. PA 095-0002 October 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 The Illinois General Assembly has amended or added to numerous Acts which deal with the slaughter of animals and the use of horse meat for human consumption.
Animal Law Comes into Its Own By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2007 Article, Page 412 As Americans place more value on pets, the importance of animal law is growing. Here's an Illinois-focused look at this emerging area.
Adjusted penalty for misuse of horse medication on race day March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 The Illinois Racing Board recently amended 11 Ill Adm Code 603, effective December 1, 2004. 
New documentation requirements under the Animal Welfare Act December 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 620 The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently adopted 8 Ill Adm Code 25. These changes became effective on October 1, 2004. 
Horse racing and breeding rules amended to provide for foals produced by embryo transplants October 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 514 The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently adopted amendments to 8 Ill Adm Code 290. These changes took effect on July 23, 2004. 
Posthumous pet protection provisions By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2004 Lawpulse, Page 390 A new statute validates trusts for the benefit of pets, but what provisions should pet trusts include? Here are suggestions.
Comparative fault principles apply under the Illinois Domestic Animals Running at Large Act; entry of additur is appropriate where the jury’s verdict is legally inconsistent and inadequate because of failure to consider a specific item. June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 On March 2, 2004, the Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Jasper County, entering an additur for the plaintiff's claimed medical expenses and affirmed the jury verdict for plaintiff motorist.