Animal Control


Tony Ellis, Animal Control



The Georgetown City Council has appointed Tony Ellis as animal control officer for the City. In his absence, all animal control duties fall to Vermilion County Animal Control 217-431-2660.



General Guidelines for Keeping Animals: 


  • Pet owners may keep up to three dogs and/or three cats within the city, except for a litter of puppies or a litter of kittens under five months of age.
  • Animals must have adequate food, water, shade or shelter. They may not be exposed to hot, stormy, cold or inclement weather. 
  • Dogs older than four months must be inoculated against rabies annually and the tag must be attached to the dog's collar or harness.
  • A metal or other suitable tag inscribed with the name, address and phone number of the owner must be attached to the dog's collar or harness.
  • All dogs on city streets, sidewalks, alleys, unenclosed places or on private property of any person other than the owner must be firmly held on a leash, otherwise they are considered 'running at large.'
  • Any dog permitted to run at large within the city is declared to be a nuisance.
  • When dogs are found running at large or unlicensed and their ownership is known, such dogs may be impounded and subject to redemption fees.
  • Dogs and cats are not permitted in the cemetery or any park other than the dog run at the Dam.
  • Dogs must be prevented from habitually barking, howling or yelping and cats must be prevented from habitually crying or howling.