Survey Answers from Patrick O’Connor

Survey Answers

Alderman Patrick O’Connor

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    Two pets. A long haired dachshund and a King Charles/Jack Russell mix. Both an essential part of our family.
  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?
    Yes, I supported the ordinance.
  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?
    There are many priorities worthy of additional funding. I cannot commit to supporting an increase until we have a clearer picture of what the budget looks like.
  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?
    No. I would not support an ordinance banning landlords from barring certain animals from their properties. I would support a program to encourage landlords in having more liberal pet policies.