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Articles on Animals

From the Newsletters - Don’t break a car window to save a dog

August
2016
Article
Page 28
It's a crime in Illinois. Tell your animal-loving clients to call 911 instead when they see a dog trapped in a hot car.

Property owners may take dangerous wild animals on their property

February
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
As of January 1, 2015, a person who owns or rents land, or their agent, may take, on his property, a gray wolf, American black bear, or cougar, as long as there is a reasonable expectation that the animal is stalking or causing an imminent threat of physical harm or death to another human, livestock, domestic animal, or structure or property on another owner's or tenant's land.

Not-so-neighborly neighbors

By Matthew Hector
October
2014
LawPulse
Page 466
Rural and exurban property owners who want to keep hunters and others off their land sometimes find it hard to do. But liability limits protect those who open their land to the public.

Beyond the One-Bite Rule: Liability for Animal-Caused Injuries

By Timothy Meyer, Jason G. Schutte, and Eric Waldman
September
2014
Article
Page 440
Everyone knows about the one-bite rule, but there's a lot more to proving or disproving an animal liability lawsuit.

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

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. 

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