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Illinois State Laws are upheld anywhere within the state. Counties and communities may add more restrictions to state law, however, they cannot lessen it.


HUMANE CARE
Illinois State Statute Chapter 8 Paragraph 510
Pet owners must provide adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care. Cruel or inhumane treatment to animals or abandonment is prohibited.


VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
Illinois State Statute Chap 8 Paragraph 358;
Winnebago Co. Code 14-66 DOGS; and 14-67 CATS:
All DOGS and CATS over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies and registered with the County annually.

Rockford
Vaccination against rabies and county license tag for all dogs and cats over 4 months of age.
Loves Park
All dogs and cats over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies and registered with the County annually.
Machesney Park
All dogs and cats over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies and registered with the County annually.


LEASH LAW
Winnebago County Code 14-68
Dogs are not permitted to run at large in any residential areas of the county.

Rockford Ch5-S13
Dogs must be leashed while off owner's property; dogs will not be permitted to run at large.
Loves Park Ch4-S16
Dogs must be leashed while off owner's property; dogs will not be permitted to run at large.
Machesney Pk 5-82
Dogs must be leashed while off owner's property; dogs will not be permitted to run at
large.


BARKING
Winnebago County Code Chapter 14 - 69
This ordinance prohibits habitual barking, yelping or howling that may cause and annoyance. There are not time limits and restrictions.

Rockford C5-S14
This ordinance prohibits habitual barking, yelping or howling that may cause annoyance to others. There are no time restrictions.
Loves Park 12-1/2-3
This ordinance prohbits frequent or long continuted animal noise which may cause discomfort or disturbance. No time restrictions.
Machesney Pk 28-83
This ordinance prohibits habitual barking, yelping or howling that may cause an annoyance. There are no time restrictions.


NUMBER OF ANIMALS
The State and Winnebago Co have no restrictions on the # of animals you may have. However, the following areas in Winnebago Co have their own restrictions and if you reside there you must abide by their codes.

Rockford
Section 301.48
Within the city
limits each household is allowed four (4) adult Animals only.
Loves Park 4-17
Within the city limits
each household is allowed to keep no more than two (2) adult dogs.
Machesney Pk 42-81
Within the Village
limits, each household is allowed to keep no more than (2) adult dogs.

If cited for any of the above ordinances, fines range from $59 to $500.

Above information was received from Winnebago County Animal Services in 2001.

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