Homer Glen officials at a recent workshop discussed a proposed ordinance that would ban vicious dogs in the village.
“We are not trying to ban a breed specific dog,” said Trustee George Yukich at the July 8 workshop.
Banning a specific breed is illegal in Illinois, Village Attorney Mark Sterk said.
The village does not have an ordinance pertaining to dangerous or vicious dogs, nor does it have its own animal control, village officials have said. Will County Animal Control currently handles dangerous and vicious dogs for the village and the proposed ordinance is based on a Will County ordinance, village officials said.
Homer Glen resident Kathy Schubert proposed the ordinance and about 60 residents have signed a petition in favor of it, Yukich said last month The ordinance would ban possessing a dog declared dangerous or vicious in the village of Homer Glen, according to a meeting agenda supplement.
In March, a neighbor’s dog attacked Schubert’s dog and bit Schubert, Schubert said during the public comment portion of the June 4 Public Services and Safety Committee meeting. The dog that attacked had been wandering unleashed while her neighbors were out of town, because a door had been left open by one of the neighbor’s children, Schubert said. Schubert’s dog, which was killed, had been attacked previously by another dog owned by the same neighbors, she said.
Trustees agreed that they wanted to leave defining and determining if a dog is vicious or dangerous up to Will County Animal Control.
“That (determination) should be left to Will County…because otherwise I think it exposes the village to liabilities for being too subjective,” Trustee Sharon Sweas said at the workshop.
Trustee Marcia De Vivo suggested also implementing a fine for violators.
“I think that a heavy fine is really what needs to be applied on some of these issues,” De Vivo said.
The village plans to invite someone from Will County Animal Control attend an upcoming village meeting so questions can be answered and the proposed ordinance further explained.