Survey Answers from Deborah Mell

Survey Answers

Alderwoman Deborah Mell

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    I do not own a pet. I hope to some day.
  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?
    I was a co-sponsor of Alderman Lopez’s resolution. I was proud to have connected a constituent named Suzy Thomas with my colleague. She is the founder of “Realtors to the Rescue of Homeless Animals.” I think Chicago has a responsibility to treat the animals that come to the CACC humanely.
  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 but I couldn’t speculate on a specific dollar amount without further analysis, testimony, and conversations with my colleagues in the council.
  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 am willing to keep an open mind, but it is not clear how this would work from an enforcement perspective. Would all landlords then be required to adopt a pet-friendly policy? I’d certainly like to learn more.