Alderman calls for Chicago Animal Care & Control director to resign

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th ward) called for the head of the Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) to resign, claiming that buildings are closing so animals are being euthanized.

"This must come to a stop," said Lopez during a press conference on Wednesday. "As a city, this is a reflection of our conscience and we must bring no-kill policies to our center immediately."

Lopez says there have been plans in the works since 2014 to close two pavilions at animal care and control.

Although she's only been on the job a few months, Lopez said executive director Susan Russell hasn't done enough to find homes for all the animals in her care.

During the alderman's press conference, Lopez and Russell supporters clashed in a shouting match.

CACC issued a statement Wednesday in response to Lopez, which read: "Allegations being made are completely false. Euthanasia of animals has not increased due to construction and today euthanasia is at the lowest rate in years. In fact, since construction began the rates for animal placements, transfers and adoption have steadily increased at the shelter. CACC continues to utilize innovative strategies including off-site adoption events and increasing partnerships with rescue organizations to support the City's effort to ensure pets are finding a home instead of coming to the City shelter. Construction is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2017."
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