Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-12
Incidents Involving Animals
Issue Date:16 January 2015Effective Date:16 January 2015
Rescinds:03 February 2014 version
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.identifies the functions and responsibilities of the City of Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control (CACC).
  • B.outlines procedures for inventorying animals.
  • C.establishes the required notifications when handling animal-related incidents.
  • D.continues the use of the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report green card.
    NOTE:
    Units may order additional green cards from the Equipment and Supply Section through normal requisition procedures.
  • E.continues the use of the Legal Notice for the City of Chicago Municipal and State Violations Animal Seizure form (CPD-11.468).
  • F.continues the use of the Chicago Animal Care And Control Inventory form (ACC-3230-3).
II.General Information
  • A.Department members are responsible for enforcing the following laws relating to animals:
  • B.Department members will respond to animal bite incidents, situations where the immediate safety and well-being of a person is threatened by an animal, and reports of animal abuse, animal torture, or animal fighting.
  • C.The Chicago Animal Care and Control has a staff member available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Animal control officers have the authority to enforce MCC Chapter 7-12 and are available to respond to emergency animal removal service requests. Department members requiring animal removal services will make requests via the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) zone dispatcher.
  • D.In every instance where an animal is seized by a Department member, the member will issue the Legal Notice for the City of Chicago Municipal and State Violations (CPD-11.468).
    NOTE:
    If a stray animal is seized on private property, a notice must be issued even if the person present denies ownership.
  • E.The following are approved shelters where Department members may, with a supervisor's approval, bring animals:
    • 1.  Chicago Animal Care and Control , (24 hour drop-off);
    • 2.  Animal Welfare League - Chicago , (0800 - 1900 hour drop-off);
    • 3.  Animal Welfare League - Chicago Ridge , (24 hour drop-off).
III.Animal Bite Incidents
  • A.Department members who are assigned to animal bite incidents regardless of whether the victim is human or animal, and other than incidents involving Department canines, will:
    • 1.arrange for the transportation of the victim to the nearest approved medical facility, if necessary.
    • 2.determine if the biter animal is in the care of the owner or keeper.
      • a.If it is not in the care of the owner or keeper, notify CACC to remove the animal. If CACC cannot respond in a timely manner, the animal will be inventoried.
      • b.If the animal is in the care of the owner or keeper, inform the owner or keeper that the animal must be examined by a veterinarian within twenty-four hours after the bite, and the animal must be impounded:
        • (1)at a veterinarian animal hospital, or
        • (2)at the home of the owner or keeper, if currently vaccinated against rabies and directed to do so by the animal's veterinarian, or
        • (3)at the Chicago Animal Care and Control facility.
    • 3.cite the animal owner or keeper for any Municipal Code violations using an Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation (ANOV) consistent with the Department directive entitled "Municipal Administrative Hearings." Hearings will be scheduled according to the Court Citing Date Card for Misdemeanor and City Ordinances (CPD-11.562) using the officer's court key. Cases will be scheduled for a hearing date twenty-eight to sixty-five days from the date of the violation.
    • 4.complete the top portion of a Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report.
      • a.The Animal Bite Report tracks the potential spread of Rabies and serves an important public health purpose.
      • b.When the victim of an animal bite is a juvenile, members will only enter "Minor" in the Victim Information - Name section of the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report.
    • 5.notify the  Alternate Response Section Administrative Desk by telephone, provide the information on the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report, including the full name of any juvenile animal bite victim, and receive an animal bite report number.
    • 6.enter the animal bite report number and the name and badge / star number of the Alternate Response Section member notified on the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report.
    • 7.deposit the completed top portion of the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report in Department mail as soon as possible or no later than the end of their tour of duty.
      NOTE:
      The bottom portion of the completed Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report will either be given to the owner or keeper of the biting animal or left at the owner's or keeper's residence or location of occurrence when the owner is not available.
    • 8.when the animal is not in the care of the owner or keeper and CACC is unable to respond in a timely manner:
      • a.notify his or her immediate supervisor;
      • b.determine if transportation can be accomplished safely and without incident;
      • c.when determined the transportation can be conducted safely, request authorization from his or her immediate supervisor to transport the live animal(s) to:
        • (1)the district station when there is a facility to hold the animal(s); or
        • (2)any of the three approved facilities listed in Item II-E of this directive.
      • d.ensure the animal, with CACC's copy of the inventory form, is transported with the animal to the approved holding facility or is attached to the cage holding the animal at the district station.
  • B.When a biter animal is to be seized by a Department member under either state law or municipal ordinance, the member will complete the Legal Notice for the City of Chicago Municipal and State Violations (CPD-11.468), and distribute the notice in the following manner:
    • a.The original (white part) of the completed Legal Notice will be left at the residence or place of seizure stating that the animal has been seized.
    • b.The second copy (yellow part) will be attached to the CACC Inventory Form which is then attached to the district cage housing the animal or given to the animal control officer taking custody of the animal.
    • c.The third copy (pink part) will accompany the arrest report or other required report, consistent with the Incident Reporting Guide (CPD-63.451).
    NOTE:
    The animal inventory number will be recorded on the Legal Notice; therefore, members will contact, from the field, the district facility where the animal is to be inventoried and request the assignment of an animal inventory number.
  • C.When the animal bite is reported in a district other than the district of occurrence:
    • 1.the assigned officer will:
      • a.complete the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report and obtain an animal bite number from the Alternate Response Section Administrative Desk.
        NOTE:
        When there is an allegation that the biter animal was sick or diseased, the reporting officer will notify the station supervisor in the district of occurrence, by telephone, to request that an immediate follow-up investigation is initiated.
      • b.forward the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report to the review officer in the district of occurrence via Department mail.
    • 2.the review officer in the district of occurrence will, upon receipt of the original Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report, notify the station supervisor of the required follow-up investigation.
    • 3.the station supervisor in the district of occurrence will, upon receipt of the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report, assign a member to complete the investigation.
    • 4.the investigating officer in the district of occurrence will ensure:
      • a.that the provisions in Items III-A-2 through III-A-8 and, when appropriate, III-B of this directive are followed.
      • b.all necessary information is provided to the CACC, by telephone, including the animal bite report number previously assigned to the incident.
      • c.the name and badge/star number of the CACC person contacted is noted on the Cook County Animal & Rabies Control Animal Bite Report.
  • D.When a person is bitten by a Department canine, follow the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Canine Teams."
IV.Crimes Against Animals
  • A.Field personnel assigned to investigate animal abuse, animal torture, breeding animals for fighting, training animals for fighting, or animal fighting incidents will respond to the scene to conduct a preliminary investigation. If bonafide, members will:
    • 1.notify CACC and request they respond to the scene to safely control and remove all animals involved.
      NOTE:
      If there are dead animals at the scene which may have evidentiary value, members will inform CACC of that fact and request that they respond in a timely manner to take custody of the evidence.
    • 2.request an evidence technician to photograph the animal(s) and scene.
    • 3.notify the Animal Crimes Team (ACT) via CPIC, which may conduct a follow-up investigation. If there is evidence of crimes against animals, ACT will contact the Troubled Building Unit (TBU) and provide the location where the incident occurred.
    • 4.complete a case report consistent with the Incident Reporting Guide. The report will indicate that an extra copy is sent to the Animal Crimes Team.
    • 5.follow the procedures delineated in Item III-A-8 of this directive when CACC is unable to respond.
    • 6.impound the animal(s) for a violation of the appropriate section of 510 or 720 Illinois Compiled Statutes violations.
      • a.The member will:
        • (1)complete the Legal Notice for the City of Chicago Municipal and State Violations Animal Seizure form (CPD-11.468).
        • (2)contact, from the field, the district facility where the animal is to be inventoried, request an inventory number, and record that number on the notice.
      • b.The original (white part) will be left at the residence or place of seizure. The second copy (yellow part) will be attached to the CACC Inventory Form which is then attached to the district cage housing the animal or given to the animal control officer or specially trained Department member taking custody of the animal. The third copy (pink part) will accompany the arrest report or other required report, consistent with the Incident Reporting Guide (CPD-63.451), as necessary.
    • 7.complete the inventory of the animal(s) as outlined in this directive.
  • B.If an arrest is made, the arresting officer will:
    • 1.charge the offender with a violation of the appropriate section of 510 or 720 Illinois Compiled Statutes. The owner of the seized animal may relinquish possession of the animal by signing in the designated box on the CACC inventory form. If the ownership of the animal has not been relinquished, the officer will record the following notation in the narrative of the Arrest Report: ANIMAL SEIZED, OWNERSHIP NOT RELINQUISHED; PETITION FOR FORFEITURE REQUESTED.
      NOTE:
      See the Department directive entitled "Animal Care Statutes and Ordinance" for a list of specific charges relating to animals. The Chapter 510 offenses cover all animals, while the Chapter 720 offenses refer specifically to dog fighting, sexual contact/conduct with an animal, and the possession of unsterilized dogs by a felon.
    • 2.obtain the approval of the station supervisor in the district of arrest to notify and confer with the assistant state's attorney assigned to the Felony Review Unit for approval of felony charges, if appropriate. Notification to the Bureau of Detectives is not necessary.
    • 3.notify CACC or the Alternate Response Section, 24 hours, of the court information for the arrested animal owner/keeper.
  • C.Station Supervisor Duties
    When an arrest for a violation of 510 ILCS 70, 720 ILCS 5/48-1, 720 ILCS 5/12-35, or 720 ILCS 5/12-36 is made, the station supervisor will:
    • 1.ensure that the required notation appears in the narrative of the Arrest Report if an animal is seized but ownership is not relinquished.
    • 2.follow current bonding procedures.
      NOTE:
      If the appropriate charge is a Class A misdemeanor and the owner/keeper of the seized animal has not relinquished ownership, the station supervisor will not allow the offender to post bond nor be given an I-Bond. The arrestee will be sent to the first court call following the arrest for the court to set bond and the State's Attorney's Office to file a petition for forfeiture of the animal(s) involved.
V.Dead or Destroyed Animals
  • A.Department members observing or responding to a complaint of a dead animal will determine if the animal is evidence of criminal activity.
    • 1.If there is evidence of criminal activity, the member will complete the appropriate case report, request an evidence technician to photograph the animal, and, after photographing, request CACC removal of the animal through OEMC.
    • 2.If there is no evidence of criminal activity, the member will request Department of Streets and Sanitation removal of the animal through OEMC.
  • B.When a Department member uses a firearm to destroy a seriously injured or dangerous animal, the member will follow the procedures delineated in the Department directive entitled, "Firearms Discharge Incidents Involving Sworn Members."
VI.Stray Animals
  • A.Complaints regarding stray animals will be directed to the 311 Non-Emergency City Service Request Telephone Number.
    NOTE:
    Per MCC 7-12-040, CACC will be responsible for impounding stray animals.
  • B.When a stray animal presents an immediate threat to the safety of any person, members will notify CACC to apprehend the animal(s) and take other actions, as appropriate.
    NOTE:
    When it has been determined via OEMC confirmation that CACC will be unable to respond or be unreasonably delayed in their response to an animal(s) posing an immediate danger to the public, Department members may request, through OEMC, the assistance of SWAT to apprehend the animal(s). Department members are authorized to take other actions, as appropriate, to address any articulable threat to the immediate safety and well-being of the public by an animal.
  • C.When a stray animal is captured by a responding member other than those specially trained, and CACC will be unable to respond or be unreasonably delayed in their response, the member will follow the procedures delineated in Item III-A-8 of this directive prior to transporting the animal.
    NOTE:
    If there is evidence of criminal activity, the member will follow the procedures delineated in item IV of this directive.
  • D.Department members will ensure that the animal shelter name and inventory number is included in any completed case reports.
VII.District Animal Inventory
  • A.Members will:
    • 1.only inventory live animals as a last resort when other options are not feasible.
    • 2.immediately notify the Station Supervisor of any inventoried animal(s).
  • B.The purpose of inventorying animals is to:
    • 1.provide protection of evidence, and
    • 2.furnish the Department with a record of the actions involved in accepting or releasing animals.
      NOTE:
      Animals will be inventoried only if the animal can be secured in a locked facility.
  • C.Animals will be inventoried using the CACC Inventory Form (ACC-3230-3).
    • 1.The original (white) copy will be attached to the cage housing the animal and given to the CACC officer taking custody of the animal.
      NOTE:
      If the animal is turned over to the Animal Welfare League, the original will be mailed to CACC.
    • 2.To acknowledge receipt of the animal, the second (yellow) copy will be given to the owner or citizen that turned in the animal.
    • 3.The third copy, Unit/District (pink) copy will be retained in district files consistent with record-retention requirements.
    • 4.The fourth copy, Kennel Record (buff hard) copy will be attached to the door of the cage holding the animal or will be given to personnel at the shelter which receives the animal (CACC or a private shelter). If the animal is disposed of in any other manner, this copy will be destroyed.
  • D.The Station Supervisor will:
    • 1.ensure that the cage door is secured and the white and buff copies of the inventory form are attached to the door.
    • 2.ensure that CACC is notified and the inventoried animal is picked up by CACC personnel. Inventoried animals should not be in Department custody longer than eight hours.
    • 3.ensure that the animal is provided with food and water if CACC personnel are unable to pick up the animal within a short period of time.
    • 4.renotify CACC at the beginning of each shift if an animal has not been picked up.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were added or revised.)
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
14-189 CMW
PHONE BOOK:
1.
Animal Care and Control (ACC)
2741 S. Western Ave Chicago, IL 60608
312-747-1406
Fax: 312-747-1409
Animal Intake for police officers is 24-Hours a day, 365 days a year; Animal intake for the General Public is from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., 365 days a year
2.
Animal Welfare League - Chicago
6224 S. Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60637-2128
773-667-0088
0800 - 1900 hour drop-off
3.
Animal Welfare League - Chicago Ridge
10305 Southwest Highway Chicago Ridge, IL 60415-1470
708-636-8586
24 hour drop-off
4.
Alternate Response Section
2111 West Lexington
PAX 4031
ADDENDA:
1.S04-12-01 - Animal Care Statutes and Ordinance