Alderman John Arena
Alderman John Arena
- Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
Ald. Arena and his family own a 7 year old Portuguese water dog whom they bought from a breeder in Wisconsin. She’s their second family dog.
- 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?
Ald. Arena did support the No-Kill resolution for humane reasons – his concerns are resources and space at CACC, although he says he’s never gone there and was unfamiliar with potential sources of revenue for this project.
- 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?
Ald. Arena would support a budget increase for CACC if he felt comfortable with the proposed source of additional funds. He does not have a lot of background as far as CACC’s practices and policies, and asked if they have an adoption fee/if bumping up their adoption fee would be a possible source of revenue.
- 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?
Ald. Arena is reluctant to support landlord ordinances that restrict their ability to place requirements/restrictions on size/breed of dogs. He felt it would be impossible to enforce, that there would be no standardized way to determine the animal’s temperament relative to their housing placement, and that it would put landlords in a position of having to deal with dog owner’s potentially poor choice of dog for their lifestyle. He did say that he felt it was inhumane for “a mastiff to live in a 1 bedroom apartment,” so it seems he was approaching the question from a place of concern for animals’ care standards, but was not on board with shifting landlords’ rights on this issue.