Survey Answers from Chris Taliaferro

Survey Answers

Alderman Chris Taliaferro

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    Yes, I have a 7 year old terrier, shepherd mix, rescued from Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR). Asiago and the entire litter of pups were all named after cheeses. My daughters loved the name and we kept it. His favorite this to do is sleep, followed by more sleep and then yawn and sleep.
  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?
    I would support a budget increase that would allow for effective and efficient operation of CACC and services to the community. It would be difficult to answer the amount of increase without knowing the operational needs and existing expenditures within CACC. Nonetheless, if Chicago’s operational expenses are comparable to other major cities, then a budget should reflect the same.
  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?
    I would fully support policy that would encourage landlords to accept dogs of all sizes. It is important to note, however, that we should encourage and not mandate. Any policy that might serve to restrict or ban a landlord’s ability to refuse large dogs or certain breeds may not be sound law and thus subject to legal scrutiny. As such, a campaign to encourage and educate would better reduce the number of euthanized dogs.