Illinois Allows Barring Companion Animal Ownership in Households of Persons Convicted of Multiple Animal Cruelty Offenses

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law HB 168 which provides that a “court may order that a person and persons dwelling in the same household may not own, harbor, or have custody or control of any other animal if the person has been convicted of 2 or more of the following offenses: (1) a violation of aggravated cruelty; (2) a violation of animals for entertainment; or (3) a violation of dog fighting.”