1. I already paid my veterinarian for a rabies
vaccine. Why do I also need to pay
Iroquois County for a license/registration fee?
The State if Illinois requires all Counties to register
dogs to ensure all are vaccinated. This is to ensure we are preventing the
spread of rabies.
only want to buy a one year registration – why am I required to buy a three
The length of your registration has to match the
effective dates of your pet’s rabies certificate. Remember that the intent of the registration
is to ensure your pet is vaccinated against rabies, so these two need to match.
Who do I
call to report a dog running at large?
Our Animal Control Officer, Erica, at
If you live within village limits of any
city/village other than Onarga, call your local mayor, police or trustee. They will authorize Iroquois County Animal
Control to pick up the dog.
4. What if I see an animal being abused?
Animal Control is responsible for investigating
suspected animal abuse, so call Erica at 815-383-3459 or our office at
do I do if I am bit by an animal?
Seek medical attention for yourself immediately
and quarantine the animal, if possible.
Report the animal to Animal Control at
815-383-3459. The animal will need to be
quarantined and an investigation must occur by State Statute.
6. I received a registration renewal notice,
but my dog passed away/I moved/gave the dog away this year. What do I do?
Complete the bottom of the form with the date
you no longer own the dog, sign and date the form and it to Iroquois County
Animal Control 1001 E Grant Watseka, IL
60970 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
do I have to pay more if my dog is not spayed or neutered?
This is by State law (510 ILCS 5/) that requires
a minimum increase of $10 per year be charged for unaltered dogs and this
amount be put into a separate fund to pay for spay/neutering of adopted dogs or
dogs for low income families.
8. May I own a pot-bellied pig or other exotic
animal within the County?
Animal Control has restriction on types of animals
that can be kept. Before acquiring any
animal other than a dog or a cat, be sure to call Animal Control at
815-432-4624 to ensure you can legally keep the animal in your
jurisdiction. Generall speaking , the
following are illegal:
All poisonous snakes and reptiles including
alligators and similar animals
All wild or exotic cats including hybrids
All wild canines and and hybrids such as wolf
All wild native and exotic animals such as
raccoons, skunks, otters, oppossums, bats, deer and antelope
9. What if I have a problem with a wild animal
on my property?
If the animal is healthy, leave it alone.
If you have a question about a wild animal, call
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at 217-784-4730
If the wild animal is a nuisance in the attic or
crawlspace, there are private businesses you may contact to assist you in
10. What type of calls do the Watseka Police
The Watseka Police Department will respond to
reports of stray animals, animal bites, animal abuse or inquiries of any other
animal related issues. Please call the
Watseka Police Department non-emergency number at 815-432-4918. It it is an emergency and requires immediate
attention, call 911.