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Homer Glen mulls ban on vicious dogs

Updated: August 14, 2014 6:24AM



Homer Glen wants to work with the Will County Animal Control Department to help enact an ordinance that may prohibit vicious or dangerous dogs.

The village is creating an animal control ordinance, but trustees have not voted on one yet. Homer Glen contracts with Will County for animal control and is subject to the county ordinance.

In May, resident Kathy Schubert and her neighbors asked for village assistance after Schubert’s dog was killed by a neighborhood dog in March.

The residents signed a petition, asking the village to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit dogs that have been declared either vicious or dangerous.

The village has been contacted by many residents, both for and against a ban on vicious dogs, including more than 800 signatures on an online petition entitled “Stop the vicious dog ban ordinance in Homer Glen,” according to village officials.

A dangerous dog is considered one that approaches a person in an apparent attack mode, while a vicious dog is one that bites or attacks a person or animal unprovoked or endangers the safety of people or animals.

Village attorney Mark Sterk said a town cannot prohibit specific breeds of dogs, and some ban vicious dogs but allow dangerous dogs.



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