Survey Answers from Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

Survey Answers

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    No, I do not currently own a pet but my partner and I are looking at potentially adopting a dog. I have fostered before.
  2. The City Council recently passed a resolution to make Chicago a “no-kill” city. Did you support the passing of that resolution? Why or Why not?
  3. Our city shelter, Chicago Animal Care & Control (“CACC”), took in 17,550 animals in 2015. The budget for the entire department was only $5.7 million. The CACC budget for animal care and control services per animal intake is significantly lower than in comparable cities and the euthanasia rate is significantly higher. (see Note A) It’s clear that a higher budget is needed in order to reduce euthanasia. Would you support a budget increase for CACC in 2017? How much of an increase are you willing to support?
    Yes, I am open to it. I’d like to have a chance to review the information provided by the Chicago Rescue Roundtable. Interested in the $8MM surplus collected by and sitting with Cook County. I was very happy to see you provided several other revenue generation solutions. I have another idea I’d like to explore, a tax on red meat, like 5 or 10 cents/pound to generate revenue that could go to CACC. Red meat is not healthy, it is costly to the environment, would be an innovative way to fund an increase to the CACC appropriation.
  4. The majority of animals being euthanized at CACC are large dogs. A study on owner surrenders at CACC showed that housing was the top reason that individuals were surrendering their animal. Would you be open to exploring an ordinance that disallows landlords to ban dogs of certain breeds or sizes and instead focuses on behavior of the animal, or a policy that would encourage landlords to accept dogs of all sizes and breeds?
    Absolutely. The city needs to expand protections to renters and to their pets. We need to do what we can do to ensure that renters’ housing is secure, and alleviate the housing crisis.