Homer Glen, a Chicago suburb located just southwest of the city in Will County, is in the process of producing a city ordinance regarding animal control. Homer Glen officials are working with the Will County Department of Animal Control in order to enact a law that may prohibit vicious or dangerous dogs. The trustees in Homer Glen adopted an amendment banning vicious dogs, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Thursday. The move was approved by all trustees present at Tuesday’s meeting, though two trustees were not present.
George Yukich, a trustee who serves as the co-chairman of the Public Services and Safety Committee, asserts that the amendment does not regulate breeds. However, the amendment does detail what dangerous and vicious dogs are and it cites a group to evaluate whether a dog is, in fact, dangerous or vicious. According to the plan, the evaluative group will include a Will County police officer, a Will County Animal Control officer, and a Homer Glen Compliance officer. In the future, a veterinarian will likely be added to the group.
Of interest, a dog is considered vicious when there is an unprovoked attack. A dog is considered dangerous for a lesser offense such as running unprovoked at someone in a threatening manner. Three threatening instances make a dangerous dog change classification to vicious, according to the amendment. When a dog does a vicious act, the dog does not have to be euthanized. But, the dog is banned from Homer Glen. It was said that the trustees do not want to take anyone’s pet away from them. Yukich said that all they are trying to do is protect the residents of the community and protect unsuspecting pets that are being attacked by some dogs.
There was an incident in which a citizen’s dog was attacked and killed by a neighbor’s dog. In that incident, dog owner Kathy Schubert and her neighbors asked for the village to assist with the matter, according to Fox News. In open meetings since that incident, there have been persons for and against the ordinance voicing their opinions. Persons for the law have stated horrendous stories including persons being attacked. As one citizen basically suggested, if one dog can hold a 25-pound dog and injure it to the point it needs to be euthanized – as happened in the Schubert case – consider what the attacking dog could do to a small child.
Some 60 residents have signed a petition favoring the amendment. As the story of the vicious dog ban spreads, an opposing online petition entitled “Stop the vicious dog ban ordinance in Homer Glen” has received more than 800 signatures, according to a Southtown Star report. Mayor Jim Daley said at the Homer Glen Village Board meeting on Tuesday that a fair amount of due diligence was necessary to make sure what they are proposing is legal. Therefore, the process is taking a long time to complete.