Animal Control

Animal control officers protect the domestic animal population from abuse, neglect, and other health risks. Officers work to ensure the human population is protected from disease and injury associated with pets, strays and wild animals. The officers are members of the National Animal Control Association and are trained to provide a variety of enforcement measures. They also assist with the initiation of animal-related laws and ordinances and are authorized to investigate law violations, as well as perform the necessary enforcement action.

Community Education Program

A community education program geared towards teaching children the importance of being safe around animals is available. This program is designed for classroom applications; however, presentations can also be arranged for other agencies or organizations.  To obtain additional information or request a presentation, contact Animal Control at 847-289-2502.

Safety Tips

  • Stay away from stray and restrained dogs.
  • Teach children to tell an adult if they see a stray or injured dog.
  • Secure your garbage to hinder a wild animals’ accessibility to it.
  • Do not feed wild animals; doing so will attract other animals.
  • Do not pick up a stray, or wild animal; call the police at 847-289-2700.

Tips for Dog Owners

  • Always keep your dog on a leash during a walk.
  • Annually get your dog inoculated for rabies and display the tag on a collar.
  • Contact the police if your dog has bitten someone.
  • Do not leave your dog alone in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Do not leave your dog outside without food and water or shelter.
  • Do not let your dog ride un-tethered in the back of a truck.
  • Do not let your dog bark or howl for a length of time, day or night.
  • Do not leave dog defecations on any street, sidewalk or in people’s yards.