I recently wrote a three-part blog about criminal and civil liability under the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act. I wanted to give you a quick update because the Act has been amended, effective January 1, 2014. After the first of the year, it will now be a Class B misdemeanor to violate the provisions concerning tethering your dog outside. Here is the amended section:
(b) To lawfully tether a dog outdoors, an owner must ensurethat the dog:(1) does not suffer from a condition that is known, bythat person, to be exacerbated by tethering;(2) is tethered in a manner that will prevent it frombecoming entangled with other tethered dogs;(3) is not tethered with a lead that (i) exceedsone-eighth of the dog's body weight or (ii) is a tow chainor a log chain;(4) is tethered with a lead that measures, when roundedto the nearest whole foot, at least 10 feet in length;(5) is tethered with a properly fitting harness orcollar other than the lead or a pinch, prong, or choke-typecollar; and(6) is not tethered in a manner that will allow it toreach within the property of another person, a publicwalkway, or a road.
(c) Subsection (b) of this Section shall not be construedto prohibit:(1) a person from walking a dog with a hand-held leash;(2) conduct that is directly related to the cultivatingof agricultural products, including shepherding or herdingcattle or livestock, if the restraint is reasonablynecessary for the safety of the dog;(3) the tethering of a dog while at an organized andlawful animal function, such as hunting, obediencetraining, performance and conformance events, or lawenforcement training, or while in the pursuit of working orcompeting in those endeavors; or(4) a dog restrained in compliance with therequirements of a camping or recreational area as definedby a federal, State, or local authority or jurisdiction.