Under Section 4-24 of the Urbana Code, an animal can be impounded if:
- Is found to run at large, is lost, is apparently abandoned, or is otherwise deemed a stray;
- Has bitten any person or animal, or is believed to have otherwise behaved in a threatening, dangerous, terrorizing, or vicious manner; and,
- Has been found to be vicious.
In this blog post, I discussed Urbana’s definition of a “vicious animal”, which is different than the definition at the state level.
If your dog (or other pet) is impounded then you may be liable for daily boarding expenses. If this happened to you, I would suggest retaining an animal lawyer as soon as possible to help settle the matter or have a hearing on one of the three grounds (including a vicious dog hearing).
Many of us at Rincker Law, PLLC are pet owners ourselves. We love animals and want to protect them and the people who love them. We are ready to help people with animal law disputes. Cari is also a trained mediator and can mediate animal law disputes as well. We have handed dangerous dog and vicious dog disputes. I hpe you will consider setting up a consultation with us to discuss your animal law matter.