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Chicago Could Become Next ‘No Kill’ Animal City, Ald. Osterman and Mayor Reviewing Resolution


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Chicago could follow in the footsteps of successful ‘no kill’ cities such as Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Two of Chicago’s most powerful Aldermen and animal rights supporters Ed Bruke (14th) and Ray Lopez (15th) introduced legislation Wednesday to the City Council encouraging Chicago animal shelters to “adopt no-kill policies.”

If passed, dogs and cats in Chicago would only be put to sleep as a last resort such as terminal illnesses. Many animals are currently euthanized simply because of space issues. The proposal would also extend the policy to the Department of Animal Care and Control’s David R. Lee Shelter.

Animal rights groups assert that the ‘no kill’ policy is a humane decision. According to them, Chicago euthanized over 10,000 animals over the last two years. This cost the city $1.1 million.

In a statement, Lopez said, “No-kill policies are both a humane and fiscally responsible alternative that can save local governments money while promoting an increase in pet adoptions.”

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel admitted he did not read the resolution just yet, but is very much inclined to support a resolution that calls for the humane treatment of animals. He said, “I want to look at the details of this resolution. But anything that gets us closer to a more humane effort as it relates to dogs particularly — that’s going to be something that’s dear to my heart.”

Dan Luna, Alderman Osterman’s Cheif of Staff said that their office is looking into the matter but had no comment at this time.


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