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. asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Help! What's the feral cat laws in IL?

Animal control is causing me so much grief! They're telling me since I leave food out and TNR that I own all those cats.

According to the Illinois Public Health & Safety Animal Population Control Act (the Act), enacted in August 2005.

Feral cat caregivers are not owners and can' tbe held responsible for the cats.

Does anyone know if a new law has been passed that makes that one null?

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  • Stef
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    1 decade ago
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    Sec. 2.16. "Owner" means any person having a right of

    property in an animal, or who keeps or harbors an animal, or

    who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who

    knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by

    him or her. "Owner" does not include a feral cat caretaker

    participating in a trap, spay/neuter, return or release


    As far as I can tell, this law is still in effect. Are you sure that you are considered a feral cat caretaker? Does animal control have proof that you participate in a trap and release program? Animal control might just be wrong and overstepping their bounds for whatever reason. Check out Knoll v. City of Oneonta.

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