Animal Abuser Registry

Pet sellers, pet shop operators, rescue service organizations, animal shelters, and the general public can now actively engage in animal abuse prevention.

The online registry lists convicts of animal abuse crimes such as cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty, animal torture, depiction of animal cruelty, and dog fighting.

In this animal abuser registry, you will find the name and address of animal abuse offenders for up to fifteen years past their conviction date. If an abuser is convicted a second time, he or she will remain on the registry for life.

You can view the ordinance here, or visit the Code of Ordinances of Cook County, Illinois.*

Animal abuse offenders need to register in person with a Sheriff Deputy at any of the 6 Cook County Municipal District Courthouses within 5 days from the date of conviction or release. Failure to do so will result in a fine of up to $2,000. Any animal abuse offender who attempts to adopt or purchase an animal shall be subject to a fine of up to $5,000.


The Cook County Animal Abuser Registry is only accessible on the Safari, Chrome and Edge web browsers.


*Cook County Ordinance 16-2631 establishes the creation of an Animal Abuser Registry

**NOTE: If you experience any issues with this page, please contact the Sheriff’s IT Helpdesk at 773-674-6850