Animal Control

Dangerous and Vicious Dogs
At the Village Board's November 25, 2014 meeting, the Board approved Ordinance No. 14-071 (PDF), which amends the Village's Animal Control Ordinance (PDF) to include the definitions of a dangerous dog and a vicious dog.

​Animal Nuisance Law
On October 28, 2008, the Village Board passed Ordinance No. 08-058 (PDF) regulating animal nuisances in the Village of Homer Glen. The ordinance addresses noise made by animals for extended periods (15 minutes). Residents are encouraged to be responsible animal owners and not leave pets outside unsupervised.

Citation
In the event an animal is deemed a public nuisance, the owner of the animal shall be issued a citation by the Code Enforcement Officer or Sheriff's Department. The 1st citation shall act as a notice with no associated fine; however, fines will be imposed for subsequent violations.

Subsequent Violations
The OR08-058 An Ordinance Regulating Animal Nuisances (PDF) outlines in more detail the rule and the consequences for repeated violations:
  • Section 3: Animals Disturbing the Peace - Prohibited
    • It is unlawful for owners to allow their animals to become public nuisances at any time during the day or night. In the event an animal is deemed a public nuisance, the owner of the animal shall be issued a citation by the Code Enforcement Officer or an authorized agent of the Village and be subject to the penalties described in Section 4.
  • Section 4: Penalty
    • Any person found liable for violating any provision of this Ordinance shall be subject to a fine in accordance with the following schedule:
      • 1st violation shall result in an issuance of a warning
      • A fine of not less than $50 nor more than $100 will be assessed for the 2nd violation
      • A fine of not less than $100 nor more that $750 will be assessed for any subsequent violation within 1 year after the 1st violation.
    • Each occurrence of a violation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
  • Section 5: Enforcement
    • Proceedings to enforce violations of this ordinance may be initiated and conducted in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of the Village Ordinances providing for Administrative Adjudication of Code Violations or by any other means provided by law.
Homer Glen Leash Law & More
The Village Board of Trustees approved Animal Control Ordinance No. 07-041 (PDF) on July 24, 2007. The ordinance addresses animals running at large, feeding feral animals, and more. Under the new ordinance, dogs within the Village of Homer Glen are not permitted to "run at large" or to be on any street or public right-of-way without being on a leash. However, dogs do not need to be leashed on their owner's property or on other private property where the owner has given permission.

Reporting a Complaint
Complaints can be made during regular business hours to the Will County Animal Control Office at 815-462-5633. Complaints after hours should be directed to the Will County Sheriff's Department at 708-301-9274. If you would like additional information or clarification, please contact Village Hall.

Local Wildlife
There currently is no governmental program within the Village of Homer Glen to assist residents who are having difficulties with local wildlife. Will County Animal Control does not handle nuisance wildlife. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife, you can call a private trapper.

Department of Natural Resources
For other assistance with wildlife or to get a license to trap wildlife, you can contact the Department of Natural Resources at 815-476-2523.