Animal Control Ordinances
West Chicago has a number of laws regulating the care, treatment, and registration of pets. The following City ordinances pertain to animal control:
- There is a limit of four household pets allowed per residence.
- The owner of the pet is responsible for cleaning any waste produced by the pet.
- Residents are prohibited from owning any agricultural, non-domestic, or exotic animals.
- It is unlawful for any cat, dog, or other animal from running at large in the City.
- It is unlawful for any person to keep any animal on any property located within the City when the keeping of such animal constitutes a public nuisance or menace to public health or safety.
*DuPage County Animal Services enforces state and county animal control and welfare laws. For a complete list of services provided by DuPage County Animal Services, visit their website.
If you've lost a pet, please visit the DuPage County Animals Services website to fill out a lost animal report or to view a list of lost animals throughout the County.
Wild Nuisance Animals
The City of West Chicago has an agreement with a private company to provide the residents of West Chicago with a service to remove wild animals from their residences. On Target Animal Control will provide the capture and removal of nuisance animals at the following rates and under the following conditions:
- The $95.00 set up fee will be waived.
- Residents will be charged $75.00 for the first animal.
- Residents will be charged $45.00 for each additional animal.
- Exceptions to this include squirrels, birds and bats above the structure’s first story and coyotes, beavers and muskrats which require a set-up fee and a labor-intensive technique.
Any West Chicago resident requiring the removal of a wild animal should contact On Target Animal Control directly at (815) 286-3073.
"Being Coyote Wise: Living with Urban Coyotes". (Produced by the Colorado Division of Wildlife)