SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Starting in January of 2022, those who have been convicted of two or more animal abuse offenses will no longer be allowed to own a pet in Illinois.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 168 into law on Friday.
The new law prohibits owning, harboring or having control of any pets if a person (or multiple people) inside of a household have been convicted of two or more of the following offenses: violation of aggravated cruelty, a violation of animals for entertainment or a violation of dog fighting.
Rep. Maurice West II (D), of Rockford, and Rep. Andrew Chesney (R), of Freeport, both sponsored House Bill 168.
In 2019, new laws took effect in Illinois that aimed to helped protect pets. One of those laws included allowing a law enforcement officer to take custody of a pet if they felt the animal is danger.