The Village does not license cats or dogs; however, anyone who keeps a dog or cat within the Village limits must maintain a current county license and rabies inoculation tag for each animal.

A total of no more than four (4) total, dogs, cats, or other household domestic animals over four (4) months of age are permitted to reside in any household.

No person who harbors or is in charge of any dog, cat or other animal shall allow any dog, cat, or other animal to soil, defile, defecate on on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath or play area, in any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of said property, unless:

  1. Removal Of Feces: The person who so curbs such dog, cat or other animal shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog, cat or other animal by any sanitary method.
  2. Disposal Of Feces: The feces removed shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping, or in charge of any dog, cat or other animal.

On June 21, 2016 the President and Board of Trustees adopted An Ordinance Amending the Village’s Animal Control Ordinance.  This ordinance is commonly referred to the “Leash Law”.

This ordinance regulates how the owner (or keeper) must control their pet at home, on the owners property, and off the owners property and holds owners responsible for this control.  It further defines what constitutes a dangerous dog.  The ordinance does not call out any specific breed as dangerous, the definition of dangerous dog is one that (1) behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustifiable threat of serious physical injury, death to a person or a companion animal, or, (2) a dog that without justification bites a person..  An dangerous dog could be toy breed or a large breed, there is no one breed that is more prone to being more dangers, even though it is true the bigger the dog the bigger the bite.

While on the premises of their owner or keeper dogs must be properly restrained by one of the following methods:

  • Inside a secure enclosure, which shall include invisible fences.
  • On a leash or other tether which prevents the dog from crossing over the property of the premises owner or keeper to a public sidewalk or public right-of-way.
  • On a leash of sufficient strength and connection to the dog to prevent its escape and which is under the control of a capable person.
  • If not inside a secure closure or on a leash, the dog must be obedient to the commands of the owner or keeper. The owner or keeper must be present at all times.

Dogs off the premises of their owner must be restrained by either:

  • Being securely confined within a vehicle.
  • Within a secure enclosure (with the permission of the owner of the property) where the enclosure is located.
  • Physically controlled at all times by the owner or authorized person with a leash of sufficient strength and connection to the animal to prevent escape.
  • If not inside a secure closure or on a leash, the dog must be obedient to the commands of the owner or keeper. The owner or keeper must be present at all times and not allow the dog to enter public right-of-way.

We encourage you to remember to not approach any dog without the owner’s permission even if they are on a leash, and please teach your children the same.  Some dogs have quirks about how you approach them, where you touch them, and some just don’t like others.  Also take the time to remind children to not try to pet or play with any wildlife, they may be cute, but they can be dangerous as well.

Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship. The excitement a dog shows when you come home, the wagging tail at the sound of the leash being taken from its hook, the delight in the catching a ball, and the head nestled in your lap-those are only some of the rewards of being a dog owner.

Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility and that responsibility does not end with providing food and shelter.  Just as we teach them to respect our own property we need to respect the property of others. Be a responsible owner and show others you care about your pet and that you respect others.   Don’t let your pet wander, leashed or not, into another person’s yard and do not leave their feces behind in anyone’s yard, a parkway, park or trail.   Did you know if you don’t you could be subject to fine of $100 to $750 if you don’t pick up after your dog?

And of course, have your pet microchipped.   Kane County Animal Control microchipping is available for as low as $15.00.   Visit their website at for information on registering your pet, vaccination clinics, and microchipping.

Dogs want to please their human companions, by training them to perform on command, whether it is for control or for amusing tricks, doing what you request makes them happy knowing they have pleased you.  Help your dog be a better “person” if you haven’t already, check your local papers or “google” for local training clinics.