Survey Answers from Scott Waguespack

Survey Answers

Alderman Scott Waguespack

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    I own a dog adopted from ACC through Lovin Life.
  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?
    Several aldermen have supported an increase in the ACC budget for several years and will probably ask for an increase again this budget year. The increase has to be based on proven need and requests for budget increases from leadership at the ACC. I will support an increase as proposed by the Director of CACC.
  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 support city action encouraging landlords to accept tenants who have dogs.