Survey Answers from Robert Maldonado

Survey Answers

Alderman Robert Maldonado

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    Had dogs as a kid. Dad was a hunter, had hunting dogs.
  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 he supported the resolution. He thinks it’s the right thing to do. If we’re a no kill human city, we should be a no kill animal city too.
  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 he would support a budget increase but included that he’d increase a lot of necessary areas in the budget as well. He would not identify an amount he’d be willing to increase by. He did support all of the revenue sources ideas that were shared. He did not have any additional suggestions.
  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?
    He would be open to an ordinance for larger landlords/management companies with multiple units/building disallowing breed/size bans. He would not support an ordinance that would require lower or middle class/individual landlords who use it as the means to pay their own mortgage or is used as income—not a business to participate.