Articles: Chicago Animal Care and Control

Susan Russell lands job in Philadelphia

Axed Chicago Animal Control Director Off to Philadelphia

After just over two years on the job as executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Susan Russell on June 29. There isn’t a City in America that wouldn’t be happy with a live release rate of dogs and cats of just over 90 percent at a municipal animal shelter. I…

Barking for a Term Limit for Chicago’s Mayor

After Susan Russell was asked to resign (she didn’t so she was fired) from the position of Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director, it was clear that her boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn’t a clue about animal welfare, and doesn’t care. Mayor Rahm never met Susan, a City department chair – never even bothered…

Chicago Animal Care and Control Rescues; Bowling for Rhinos

On Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio HEAR me talk with Kelly Gandurski, new acting director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) talks about how so many rescues/shelters instantly came together to save 48 small dogs from one property. The good news is that the animals were in great shape. The dogs didn’t really spend…

Alderman Lopez Continues to Beat A Drum Against Chicago Animal Control

I hardly ever reprint blog posts, but with renewed interest due to a Chicago Sun Times story depicting part-truth, and again calling the facility “troubled,” I’ve been asked to do so. Rather than tackle the specific allegation of “cherry picking,” appearing in the story, there’s a broader issue of continued and relentless attacks on Chicago…

Ex-Director Chicago Animal Care and Control, Susan Russell on WGN Radio

I’ve had the former director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) Susan Russell on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio many times, but listen HERE to the first time since the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired her just before July 4. His timing of her firing wasn’t in the best interest…

Susan Russell, Fired Animal Control Director on WGN Radio

John Williams interviews Susan Russell, fired executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), and I sat in for it as well. Listen HERE to the WGN Radio interview with Williams, one of the best in the business, and he peppers Susan with tough questions, but fair. And Susan handles it all with something called…

Commenting on Chicago Animal Care and Control on Politics Tonight and with Brian Noonan on WGN Radio

Just hours before the protest at Chicago Animal Care and Control of the firing of Executive Director Susan Russell, I appeared on Politics Tonight with Paul Lisnek.  In a prerecorded package prior to me speaking to Paul, Alderman Ray Lopez says he wanted numbers closer to a “no kill city.” We have those numbers, Alderman!…

Chicago Animal Control Orphans Need a Change

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control on June 29. Consider: If Russell’s primary mission was to save animals, she was doing just that. Live release numbers in just over two years swung from just under 70 percent for cats and just 70 percent for dogs to…

Alderman Lopez, Are You Kidding? Lopez Statement on Susan Russell’s Dismissal

Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) for just over two years was asked to resign Friday (June 29). When she refused to do so, she was fired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I’ve described the background and offered my view of the city’s explanation, an explanation yes. A valid one, not…

Aldermen Face-Off on Animal Control

People didn’t believe me when I said Alderman Ray Lopez (15th Ward) said this on Chicago Tonight on Ch. 11. I know, it’s outrageous but watch and listen for yourself. It’s hard to believe that the Alderman, who since Executive Director Susan Russell began has been targeting her, offers this solution: “I think as we…

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