ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS

            3-2-1                     DEFINITIONS.  For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall be given these definitions:

               (A)               “Act” means the Illinois Animal Control Act, 510 ILCS 5/1 et seq., and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

               (B)               “Administrator” means a veterinarian licensed by the State and appointed pursuant to this Chapter, or in the event a veterinarian cannot be found and appointed pursuant to this Chapter, a non-veterinarian may serve as Administrator under this Chapter.  In the event the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Administrator shall defer to the veterinarian regarding all medical decisions.

               (C)               “Animal” means any animal other than man, which may be affected by rabies.

               (D)               “Animal Control Warden” means any person hired by the Administrator to perform the duties assigned to that person by the Act, this Chapter, or the Administrator.

               (E)               “Board” means the Board of Commissioners of the County.

               (F)               “Code” means the Code of Ordinances of the County of Union, Illinois.

               (G)               “Confined” means restriction of an animal at all times by the owner, or his agent, to an escape-proof building or other enclosure away from other animals and the public.

               (H)               “County” means the County of Union, Illinois.

               (I)                “Dangerous Animal” means a lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf or coyote, or any poisonous or life-threatening reptile.

               (J)                “Dangerous Dog” means a dangerous dog as defined in the Act.

               (K)               “Department” means the Department of Agriculture of the State.

               (L)               “Deputy Administrator” means a veterinarian licensed by the State, appointed by the Administrator and approved by the Board.

               (M)              “Dog” means all members of the family Canidae.

               (N)               Has Been Bitten” means has been seized with the teeth or jaws so that the person or animal seized has been nipped, gripped, wounded, or pierced, and further includes contact of saliva with any break or abrasion of the skin.

               (O)               “Inoculation Against Rabies” means the injection of an anti-rabies vaccine approved by the Department.

               (P)               “Leash” means a cord, rope, strap or chain which shall be securely fastened to the collar or harness of a dog or other animal and shall be of sufficient strength to keep such dog or other animal under control.

               (Q)               “Licensed Veterinarian” means a veterinarian licensed by and in good standing with the State.

               (R)               “Owner” means any person having the right of property in a dog or other animal, or who keeps or harbors a dog or other animal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog or other domestic animal to remain on or about any premise occupied by him.

               (S)               “Person” means any person, firm, corporation, partnership, society, association, or other legal entity, any public or private institution, the State, a municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State, or any other business unit.

               (T)               “Registration Certificate” means a printed form prescribed by the Department for the purpose of recording pertinent information as required by the Department under this Act or this Chapter.

               (U)               “Running At Large” means a dog allowed, suffered or permitted by its owner, or any other person, to roam, run or wander upon any public way, public property or public place or upon the private premises of any person other than the premises of the owner or keeper of such dog when such dog is not under control by leash or other recognized control methods.  A dog that is actively engaged in a legal hunting activity, including training, is not considered to be running at large if the dog is on land that is open to hunting or on land on which the person has obtained permission to hunt or to train a dog.  A dog that is in a dog-friendly area or dog park is not considered to be running at large if the dog is monitored or supervised by a person.

               (V)               “Sheriff” means the Sheriff of the County.

               (W)              “State” means the State ofIllinois.

               (X)               “Stray Animal” means any animal not on the premises of the owner or keeper or under control by leash or other recognized control methods, and which does not, at that time and place, bear either (i) a current rabies inoculation tag issued pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter, by means of which, by reference to records of current registration certificates, the Administrator or his deputies or assistants may determine the name and address of the owner or keeper thereof, or (ii) some other means of identification from which the Administrator or his deputies or assistants may directly determine the name and address of the owner and keeper thereof.

               (Y)               “Treasurer” means the Treasurer of the County.