Animal Control

Lost Pets

If you lose a pet, you should immediately report the missing pet to both:

  • Burr Ridge Police Department's non-emergency number at 630-323-8181
  • DuPage County Animal Services at 630-407-2800
  • Cook County Animal Services at 312-747-1406

Animal Noise Regulation

The Burr Ridge Police Department enforces the portion of the Burr Ridge Municipal Code that regulates the habitual barking, howling, whining, or yowling of dogs or cats. Under Burr Ridge Municipal Code Section 6-2-11, lit is a violation for anyone to keep an animal that habitually disturbs the peace by loud noises at any time of the day or night.

Please be a good neighbor by adhering to the Village’s animal noise regulations.

Excrement Removal

The Village of Burr Ridge requires animal owners and caregivers to clean up their pets’ excrement from other people’s property. Not cleaning up after your pet’s waste violates Section 6-1-7 of the Burr Ridge Municipal Code.

Leash Laws

For the safety of our community and pets, the Village of Burr Ridge requires dogs and cats to be on a leash. See Section 6-2-4 of the Burr Ridge Municipal Code for more information.

Nuisance Wildlife

Do Not Feed Wild Animals

Feeding wild animals such as coyotes violates the Village code, and violators can face fines. Please do your part to make sure wild animals such as coyotes are not fed – either intentionally or unintentionally.


Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that can thrive in almost any setting, including residential areas. They are generally afraid of people but can become accustomed to them if they find an easy food source like pet food or if they are intentionally fed.

Ways to Deter Coyotes

  • Do not leave food for wild animals.
  • Feed pets indoors or promptly remove dishes when pets complete their meal outside. 
  • Store bags of pet food indoors.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds from around the property to deprive rodents of shelter and reduce protective cover for coyotes.
  • Try to educate your friends and neighbors about the problems associated with feeding coyotes.

What to Do if You Encounter a Coyote

  • Shout, clap or throw something in its direction. Acting aggressively, also known as "hazing" helps re-instill a fear of humans in coyotes.

    • Hazing does not include weapons and does not physically harm coyotes. Be persistent and keep hazing until the coyote leaves. Because they may have become accustomed to humans, coyotes may not immediately leave, but following through is important for hazing to be effective. Wildlife experts do not recommend hazing if a coyote is injured, sick or has become cornered; in these situations, coyotes may act unexpectedly.

Anyone can call 9-1-1 if they observe any wild animal behaving in a threatening manner. Police officers will respond.

How to Protect Pets

  • Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, small dogs) indoors. Don’t allow them to run free at any time. They are easy prey.
  • Use a short leash when walking your pet. Never let a coyote get between you and your pet.
  • Dogs should be brought inside after dark and never allowed to run loose. This is especially important during mating season, which is February through April.
  • Do not leave domestic pet food outside. Wildlife will soon depend on it.
  • Fences do not guarantee your pet’s safety. Always attend to small pets outdoors.