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Animal Concerns

Whom Should I Call With Animal-Related Complaints?

If you live within the limits of a municipality or town, please contact your local police department for issues with wildlife, suspected animal abuse or neglect, or other animal-related complaints. 

DuPage County Animal Services Officers enforce state and county animal control and welfare laws in unincorporated areas of DuPage County. These laws are designed to:

  • Protect citizens & pets from rabies and other health hazards, neglect, inhumane treatment, and abuse 
  • Protect citizens from intimidation and injury from dogs and other animals
  • Enforce compliance to State and Local laws
  • Encourage responsible pet ownership

Animal Services investigates complaints in UNINCORPORATED areas of the County. The types of complaints we respond to include:

  • Animal bites to humans and pets 
  • Public safety concerns 
  • Animal neglect and cruelty 
  • Domestic and Wildlife in peril

Making a Complaint about an Domestic or Wildlife Animal in DuPage County

Please complete a complaint form to report domestic and wildlife issues in Unincorporated DuPage County.  

Contact your local Police Department to report animal related concerns within the city and/or village. 

What do I do if an Animal Bites me?

Any time a domestic animal bites a human, it must be observed for rabies by a veterinarian. Wild animals that bite humans must be euthanized and tested for disease.

Wildlife in DuPage County

DuPage County Animal Services provides the following services pertaining to wildlife to residents of UNINCORPORATED DuPage County:

  • Removal of sick or injured wildlife from residential property.
  • Removal of wildlife from inside the living area of a residence (does not include chimneys, attics, crawl spaces, or under stoops or decks).
  • Removal of wildlife trapped or entangled in a manner in which it cannot free itself (examples: trapped in a fence, etc.).

Nuisance Wildlife: Residents with wild animals which are not a direct threat to human health or safety are encouraged to use humane deterrents to deal with issues. Wildlife Illinois has many resources for humanely handling wildlife problems as well as a list of wildlife operators for animal removal. Examples of nuisance include:

  • Squirrels nesting in an overhang of a house
  • Skunks building a den next to the foundation of a home
  • Raccoons building a nest in the attic of a home
  • Seeing a wild animal on one’s property
  • Animal in a window well or garbage can

Additional Resources for Living with Wildlife

For after-hours emergency animal related issues in UNICORPORATED DuPage County, call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department at 630-407-2400.

Animal Control and Welfare Laws

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