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An Illinois committee is expected to consider a bill tomorrow (Wednesday, March 22), that would allow for a person to face forfeiture of their animals for virtually any violation of state law regarding the care of animals.

AKC and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners (IFDCO) have expressed concerns about the one-size-fits- all nature of this punishment that could include minor, correctable infractions that do not rise to the level of a serious offense.  After meeting with the sponsor and county and state attorneys, an amendment has been added that it must be demonstrated that there was an arrest/seizure because the animals’ health and safety were at risk.

In addition, IFDCO continues to meet with the sponsor to discuss remaining concerns and potential amendments.

What You Can Do:

If you wish to comment, you may do the following:

Submit an online Witness Slip on the bill.  Visit the hearing page and select the “Create Witness Slip” icon next to Senate Bill 1499.

Contact the Members of the Special Committee on Criminal Law and Public Safety and let them know your position on Senate Bill 1499.  View the committee webpage for names and contact information.

AKC Government Relations and IFDO continue to closely monitor all legislation impacting dog owners in Illinois.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at or IFDCO at