Warren County Animal Control

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The Warren County Treasurer’s Office, Warren County Animal Control & Warren County Board is pleased to announce our new dog registration program for Warren County.  The new program will allow Warren County residents to register their dogs online, if they so choose to do so. 

Residents can still come into the Treasurer’s Office or utilize mail options and register their dog.  This has been a work in progress migrating from our old system to the new system as Warren County has over 4,000 dogs.  We felt that this was a step in the right direction to make it easier for residents to be able to give an additional option to register their dogs.  

To view our new dog registration website please visit:  


Once you have entered the website, simply click on the My Account tab which will open options to login, create an account or if you contact our office, we can provide you with a quick account setup code for a quicker way to create an account.  Once an account has been created you will automatically see that your information as well as your dog information has been inputted into the system. 

If you are a new pet owner and have not registered with us, you will have to input your pet’s information.  Once you are logged in within the my account tab, you will be able to view your pets information, upload rabies certificates, upload photos, view/print rabies tag information, report your pet lost and several other options.  

This program will also allow you to purchase a rabies tag (as long as we approve the rabies certificate you upload) and you will be able to pay online (convenience fee will apply) and we will mail you your tag.   

Additional tabs with information that you will see on our website include Animal Control Ordinances, Animal Control information, WIAR (Western IL Animal Rescue) information and Freedom Ride Animal Rescue information.  Tabs for adoptable pets and stray pets will be available in the near future.   

Please be on the look-out for reminder letters as well as late notices as we are working very hard to get everything updated.  In the future, we will also be able to send out notices via email.  As we transition from old to new, please be patient if you experience any issues and please contact us with any questions or problems.    

Frequent Questions

A. Immediately contact Animal Control by calling 309-734-8383. It’s important to keep your pet’s information up to date so it’s easier to find. Have this information with you when you call Animal Control, such as: Warren County Rabies Registration Tag, Veterinarian records, including routine vaccinations, Photographs of the animal, and Microchip number and emergency contact list.

A. Contact Animal Control by calling 309-734-8383 WITHIN 48 HOURS. If the dog has a collar with a tag or an ID, we may be able to find the owner quickly. If the dog does not show any signs of ownership, we take it to our kennels for holding.

A. Animals with no known owner are held for 7 business days. Once an owner has been identified, the holding period is extended to 3 business days to allow the owner time to reclaim their animal. After the required holding time has expired, animals are evaluated for the adoption program. We occasionally receive dogs that have been relinquished or strays that have not been claimed. We are not a no-kill shelter.

A. Dogs in our kennels that have been relinquished or have no known owner are available for adoption after evaluation. All adoptions must be approved by our Animal Control Administrator.

A. Animal Control Officer investigates bite incidents. After reporting the incident to 309-734-8383, a representative from Animal Control will contact you. Whether you are a victim or an owner of a pet who has bitten someone, please contact Warren County Animal Control.

A. All dogs are required by law to be vaccinated for Rabies and registered in the county where they reside. The main purpose of the Animal Control Program is to protect people and pets from Rabies (enter cdc website for rabies), a serious disease that is most often fatal for both animals and humans. Rabies protection is provided through the enforcement of Illinois law. Rabies (CDC Site) is a dangerous virus that anyone can get if they handle or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Animal rabies vaccination places a protective barrier between the pets we cherish and potential exposure to rabies.

A. You are responsible for paying the registration fee within 30 days.  If your registration is not paid within 30 days, you will be responsible for additional late fees. A pet that is spayed or neutered is surgically altered. All other pets are considered intact. 

Fees & Information

Fees may be paid by:

1) sending a copy of the vaccination and a check or money order to Warren County Treasurer;
2) visiting the Warren County Treasurer Office at the Court House to make a payment;
3) online at ShleterPro.

All check or money order payments should be made payable to the Warren County Treasurer.

County Registration Fee Schedule

  • 1 Year Intact – $45.00 ($30.00 unaltered fee and $15 dog tag fee)
  • 1 Year Altered – $15.00
  • 3 Year Intact – $135.00 ($90.00 unaltered fee and $45 dog tag fee)
  • 3 Year Altered – $45.00

Late Fee

  • 1-3 Months Late – $15.00 plus dog tag fee
  • 3-6 Months Late – $20.00 plus dog tag fee
  • 6-12 Months Late – $25.00 plus dog tag fee
  • 12-24 Months Late – $30.00 plus dog tag fee

Freedom of Information (FOIA)

PLEASE send your FOIA requests to the appropriate office.

This is the Animal Control Office.
Please direct your FOIA requests to: [email protected]

FOIA request form

Instructions for Requesting Information and Public Records
1. Please make your request for records in writing. Warren County does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose, however
a form is available in the link above for your convenience. To submit the available form electronically you must save it to your computer then e-mail it to the appropriate department below. You may submit your written request by mail, fax, email or in person. If sending your request via email, use FOIA in the subject line to identify your emails as a FOIA request and to reduce the possibility of it being filtered as SPAM.

2. Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, FOIA is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. To the extent that you wish to ask questions of a representative of Warren County, please refer to the department list below.

3. Please tell us whether you would like copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to do either.

4. For black and white, letter or legal sized copies, the first 50 pages are free, unless a different fee is otherwise fixed by statute. Any additional pages will be charged at .15 cents per page. Color and abnormal size copies will be charged the actual cost of copying.

5. You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request. “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest – not simply your personal interest – and merits a fee waiver.

6. Please include your name, preferred telephone numbers(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your electronic mail address. 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Overview
The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government, and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials.
The principle mandate of the Act provides that each public body shall make available to any person for inspection, or upon submission of a written request, to provide copies of any requested records that are subject to disclosure under the Act. Not all records are subject to disclosure, and the Act provides a number of exemptions.
This Act is not intended to be used to violate individual privacy, nor for the purpose of furthering a commercial enterprise, or to disrupt the duly-undertaken work of any public body independent of the fulfillment of any of the rights of the people to access to information (5 ILCS 140/1). 

Response Time On FOIA Requests
All written requests shall be responded to within five (5) working days (5 ILCS/140/3) following the date the request is received, except in the instance when the request is for commercial purposes. (Within 21 working days of receiving a request for commercial purposes Warren County will: (1) provide a reasonable estimate of time needed to comply with the request along with an estimate of the fees which the requestor will be charged; (2) deny the request pursuant to a statutory exemption; (3) notify the requestor if the request is unduly burdensome and allow the requestor to revise the request to manageable proportions; or (4) provide the requested records).            The five (5) day count begins the day after the receipt of the FOIA request by the Department Head or designated department FOIA officer. The requester may be notified of a five (5) day extension (working days) if the files are voluminous, at different locations, or if other reasons make it impossible to assemble and mail the request out within the normal five (5) day period. 

Denial of FOIA Requests
All county employees are encouraged to provide available information when requested by the public. Information provided or denied under the FOIA, however, must conform to the legal requirements under the Act. Certain documents may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to specific sections in the Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/3(g);7;7.5).
When a public body denies a request for public records, that body must, within five (5) working days, or within any extended compliance period provided for in the Act, notify the person who made the request, by letter, of the decision to deny the request. The letter must explain the reasons for the denial, and give the names and titles of all persons responsible for the denial.

Appeal of Denial of FOIA Requests
Any person denied access to inspect or copy any public record for any reason may appeal the denial by sending a written notice of appeal to the Public Access Counselor at the following address:
Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Phone: 1-877-299-FOIA (1-877-299-3642)
Fax: 2017-782-1396
E-mail: [email protected]

For additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act, please visit the Illinois Attorney General’s website  http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/idex.html