Scroll down to find information on the Village's laws pertaining to animals and to find links to animal-related sites.

 

Animal Nuisance Law

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

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 first citation shall act as a notice with no associated fine; however, fines will be imposed for subsequent violations.

 

From OR08-058 An Ordinance Regulating Animal Nuisances

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:

  1. First violation shall result in an issuance of a warning;
  2. A fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $100.00 for the second violation;
  3. A fine of not less than $100.00 nor more that $750.00 for any subsequent violation within one year after the first 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...

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The Village Board of Trustees approved Animal Control Ordinance No. 07-041 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.

To report complaints:

During regular business hours contact:
Will County Animal Control
(815) 462-5633

After business hours contact:
Will County Sheriff's Department
(708) 301-9274

If you would like additional information or clarification, please contact Village Hall.

Animal Control Ordinance No. 07-041 Pamphlet (PDF)

 

Animal Control Contact Information

The Village of Homer Glen has contracted with Will County Animal Control to provide an animal control program for Village residents.  A staff of animal control officers responds to complaints regarding animal control.

Will County Animal Control will pick up stray domestic animals only.

For issues concerning local wildlife, see that section on this page.

Please refer to the Village's 2007 "leash law", Animal Control Ordinance No. 07-041 above. It addresses animals running at large, feeding feral animals, and more.

Will County Animal Control

1200 S. Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
Phone: (815) 462-5633

Animal Control Ordinance No. 07-041 Pamphlet ("Leash Law") PDF

 

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.

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

For your convenience we have listed a few agencies that you may contact for assistance at your own expense.  Listing the agencies on this website is for your convenience and does not imply an endorsement of the companies' services by the Village of Homer Glen. (See Disclaimer)

Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Phone: (708) 636-8586

24-Hour Drop-Off

They work with several animal rehabilitators to pick up some types of wild animals from this location in Chicago Ridge.  (For example, a tiny duckling was found in a parking lot and the mother duck could not be located.  The duckling was dropped off at the Animal Welfare League.  They called an animal rehabilitator to pick the duckling up for care and relocation.)

A & B Wildlife
Plainfield
(815) 254 5036

A-1 Wildlife Removal
Joliet
(815) 725-0730

Animal Encounters Wildlife Control
Hinckley
(630) 355-4001

Critter Control
Will County
(630) 264-1044

Guardian Pest Control Services
(Service & Supplies)
(708) 364-0360

Nuisance Wildlife Control
Lockport
(815) 836-8380

T & C Trapping Animal Damage Control
Joliet
(815) 467-4039

 

Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse

Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse or S.T.R.A.E.S., is an all local volunteer, not for profit, no kill, humane organization established to provide shelter, care and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished purebred Shih Tzu.

Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse
Phone (708) 645-0730

 

Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter (TLC)

TLC is located in Homer Glen. Additional information is available by clicking on the link below:

T.L.C. Animal Shelter
13016 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Phone (708) 301-1594

 

Will County Humane Society

Will County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter that receives no outside government or county funding assistance of any kind. Therefore, we rely on the generosity of our supporters.  It doesn't matter where you are in the nation... you can make a difference in the quality of animal's lives.

Will County Humane Society
24109 W. Seil Rd.
Shorewood, IL 60431
Phone (815) 741-0695

 

Animal Control Ordinance No. 07-041

AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE CONTROL OF ANIMALS IN THE VILLAGE OF HOMER GLEN, WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code, the corporate authorities of each municipality may regulate and prohibit the running at large of animals (65 ILCS 5/11-1-1, 2006 State Bar Edition);and

WHEREAS, the Village of Homer Glen has previously entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Will County Animal Control Department that provides for animal call out services as provided under exhibit "A" and any renewal to the aforementioned agreement; and

WHEREAS, the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Homer Glen have determined that it is necessary and in the best interests of the Village to regulate and control animals within the Village under and pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code and the general police powers of the Village.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF HOMER GLEN, WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS, THAT:

SECTION 1: Recitals

The foregoing recitals are hereby incorporated into this Ordinance as if fully set forth herein.

SECTION 2: Definitions

As used in this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires, the term specified in this Section 2 has meanings ascribed to them in this Section.

  • a. "Animal Control Officer" - The person appointed, or hired, by the Village to properly apprehend, handle and care for animals.
  • b. "At Large" - means off the premises of the owner and not under the control of a leash of the owner, a member of the owner's family or an authorized person. For the purpose of this Ordinance, voice control shall not be considered as control.
  • c. "Feral" - means existing in a wild or untamed state, or returning to an untamed state after domestication.
  • d. "Leash" - means a cord, rope, strap or chain which shall be securely fastened to the collar or harness of a dog and shall be of sufficient strength to keep such dog under control.
  • e. "Owner" - means any person having a right of property in a dog, or who keeps or harbors a dog , or who has in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.
  • f. "Person" - means any person, firm, corporation, partnership, society, association or other legal entity, any public or private institution, the State of Illinois, municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State, or any other business unit.
  • g. "Pound" - means any facility used as a shelter for seized, stray, homeless, abandoned, or unwanted dogs or other animals.

SECTION 3: Animals Running at Large-Prohibited

  • a. It is unlawful to permit any dog to run at large or to be on any public right-of-way or property other than that of such owner without being securely restrained by a leash. A dog may be allowed on a property other than that of its owner without a leash if the property owner gives permission. Dogs that are running at large within the Village are deemed to be in violation of this Ordinance and may be apprehended and impounded. The Animal Control Officer shall utilize the Village's approved pound, or a public pound if necessary. The owner or owners of the dog or dogs running at large shall be responsible for the dog's conduct and subject to the penalty provisions of this Ordinance.
  • b. It is unlawful for any person to regularly feed, water or otherwise attract or create conditions within the Village, which allow dogs, cats or other domesticated or feral animals to accumulate on the property and otherwise endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the residents.

SECTION 4: Impoundment and Redemption

When such dogs are apprehended and impounded by the Animal Control Officer, he shall give notice of not less than seven (7) days to the owner, if known. Such notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the owner. An affidavit or testimony of the Animal Control Officer, or an authorized agent of the Village, who mails such notice shall be prima facie evidence of the receipt of such notice by the owner of such dog. A reasonable attempt will be made to contact all dog owners. In case the owner of any impounded dog desires to make redemption thereof, he or she may do so on the following conditions:

  • a. Present proof of current rabies inoculation, or
  • b. Pay for the rabies inoculation of the dog, and
  • c. Pay the pound for the board of the dog for the period it was impounded, and
  • d. If the incident is a first offense, the dog owner may be given a warning rather than a citation, at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer. The owner will not have to pay the administrative redemption fee to the Village, but must cover the cost of boarding the dog for the period it was impounded.
  • e. If the incident is not a first offense, the dog owner must pay an administrative redemption fee of $20 for the second incident, $40 for the third incident, and $80 for the fourth incident. Beyond four offenses, the dog owner must pay a maximum fee of $100 per offense.

SECTION 5: Dogs not Redeemed

When not redeemed by the owner within seven (7) days of notice, a dog which has been impounded in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance shall be humanely dispatched, offered for adoption, or otherwise disposed of by the pound as a stray dog in accordance with the Will County Animal Control Ordinance.

SECTION 6: Penalty

Any person found in violation of this Ordinance shall be fined a minimum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and a maximum of Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) for each offense.

SECTION 7: Severability

The various portions of this Ordinance are hereby expressly declared to be severable, and the invalidity of any such portion of this Ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other portions of this Ordinance, which shall be enforced to the fullest extent possible.

SECTION 8: Repealer

All ordinances or portions of ordinances previously passed or adopted by the Village of Homer Glen that conflict with or are inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

SECTION 9: Effective Date

This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval. ADOPTED this 24th day of July, 2007