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Do dogs have to be on a leash in Illinois? This is what cities in the eastern part of the city require by law

If you’ve ever been approached by a stray dog ​​in a southwestern Illinois park, you may have wondered whether it’s legal for the animal to roam unrestrained.

Illinois does not have a statewide law, but many municipalities have ordinances requiring dogs to be leashed in public unless they are in a designated off-leash area.

It’s important to be aware of leash requirements for safety reasons, and also because some municipalities have the power to confiscate dogs that are considered ‘at large’. You can contact your local animal control or shelter if you have lost your dog and believe it has been confiscated.

If you live in a city that requires dogs to be leashed in public and are looking for alternative ways to walk your pet, consider local dog parks or yard rentals. Another option is to let your dog sniff on a long leash in the park, although some municipalities place restrictions on the length of leash you can use.

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The City of Belleville has a local ordinance that requires animals to be kept “under control.” The city code defines restraint as a leash or a dog that reliably follows the owner’s cues, such as recall. A dog that is within the owner’s property boundaries is also considered properly secured.

Collinsville has an ordinance that requires dogs and cats to be kept on a leash no longer than 12 feet when off the owner’s property.

Edwardsville Municipal Code requires dogs to be on a leash in parks, except in designated off-leash areas such as dog parks.

In Swansea, dogs may be on a lead in public parks and public paths, no longer than 6 feet.

East St. Louis requires dogs to be on a leash, defined as a leash, tethered where they cannot reach people, confined in a fenced yard where they cannot escape or in a home.

Fairview Heights city code says dogs are considered “at large” unless they are on a leash, in a fence or in a building or car. Police dogs and on-duty service dogs are exempt.

O’Fallon requires dogs to be on a leash at all times unless they are on their owner’s property or in a designated off-leash area.

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