Senate passes new guidelines for keeping stray animals put forth by Mulroe

lost dog 040319SPRINGFIELD – Everybody knows somebody who has discovered an abandoned furry friend by the side of the road or whining at the back door, without a collar, and wondered what responsibility they have to report the lost dog to authorities.

In response to concerns raised by Susan Taney of Lost Dogs Illinois and Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido, legislation by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) clarifies what responsibilities good Samaritans have when they choose to keep wayward or abandoned dogs. The measure passed the Illinois Senate last week.

“It’s the most natural thing in the world to want to bring a lost pet into your home and show them compassion, but we also need to make sure we do our utmost to reach their owners,” Mulroe said. “This will give concerned citizens and the authorities clear direction on how they respond when someone shelters a lost dog.”

Under Senate Bill 1572, a person who decides to harbor a lost or stray dog would be required to report the dog to the police and animal control agencies closest to where the dog was found within 48 hours. Concerned citizens should be prepared to disclose where the dog was found, whether it had identification tags, and details about its appearance such as tattoos, color, approximate age, size, and pedigree of the animal. It also requires the person who recovered the dog to arrange for it to be scanned to look for a microchip.

Failure to report a lost or stray dog within 48 hours of taking possession of the dog would be punishable by a fine between $50 and $500.

“This proposal would give all parties involved clear responsibilities, and ensure we’re all working together to get a lost dog back to its owner,” Mulroe said.

Having passed a Senate committee last week, the legislation is scheduled for consideration before the full Senate.

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe