Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) is reiterating his call for the city to reform its animal control policies after a dog recently died at the Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) facility.
Earlier this year, the City Council passed a resolution, spearheaded by Lopez and Ald. Ed Burke (14th), calling for hearings into the idea of adopting no-kill policies at all Chicago animal shelters and the CACC facility.
"In the past, we have introduced resolutions calling for Chicago to become a 'no-kill' city," Lopez said in a statement Tuesday. "It is my fervent belief that because CACC has the ability to euthanize for not only medical/behavioral reasons but also for space, management and employees within the department are not as attentive as they should be to the humane needs of the creatures under their care."
Lopez's comments come in light of an "unexplained death" of a female pit bull named Devyn at the CACC last week. Lopez said the dog was admitted to the facility on July 10 and was found dead in her cage August 4.
"At the time of admittance, the animal was reportedly screened for injuries. The veterinary report taken at the time of intake noted only dirty ears with a small wound that was treated with two sets of antibiotics," according to Lopez's office. "No serious signs or symptoms were reported in any of the six veterinary reports taken over a 21-day period."
Lopez added: "While many acknowledge more resources are required to provide optimum humane treatment at CACC, I am not convinced the staff knows how to use the $5.7 million they have now."
CACC Executive Director Susan Russell pushed backed on Lopez's comments, saying, "Contrary to what has been described as an 'unexplained death' of a pit bull named Devyn, Devyn's death was not a mystery."
"Devyn had an ear wound when she entered the city shelter on July 9 as a stray. She became sick with kennel cough on July 12 and began treatment, [but] her health continued to decline," Russell said in a statement provided to DNAinfo Chicago, adding that the dog died of pneumonia.
She went on to note that CACC "has steadily improved its save rate," explaining that "last month's euthanasia rate saw a decrease of 40 percent compared to 2015."
"Like Ald. Lopez, Chicago Animal Care and Control has the goal of saving more lives," Russell stated.