Commenting on Chicago Animal Care and Control on Politics Tonight and with Brian Noonan on WGN Radio
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! You know that! And can you, incidentally, define ‘no kill city?”
Also he suggested rescue groups had issue with Susan. I don’t think so, Alderman. That is made up as far as I know. He said employees have complained. Maybe. But since morale has not been better in around a decade or more, I doubt that.
I talked to Paul about the Mayor’s Office allegations of Russell warehousing dogs, and talk about the fact that when dogs are adopted into a family with another dog or dogs, sometimes the dogs don’t get along. Yes, you want to avoid this situation, but some problems do happen anywhere.
I express my hope the Russell’s replacement is not a political hire.
Alderman Lopez was asked to appear with me, but declined the offer.
Noonan is right, no public official can make a city “no kill” without a plan, without a coalition of animal welfare and veterinary medicine and resources to do it. Here’s how Alderman Lopez inserted me into the story, and indeed I was a part of the story.
I don’t know why Ald. Lopez targeted Russell so early on – even barely two weeks into the job. Why not offer to help? If there’s a problem there (not sure there even was), then fix it. If you really are an animal guy – that IS what you do. I was very honest in my description of some of Lopez’s antics.
If Russell’s job description is to save animals – clearly Russell has done that. Lopez has been touting “we want a “no kill” city. And, in fact, we’ve succeeded, and without resources needed – still succeeding. Having said that, of course, the goal is to do better.
I comment on false allegations that Chicago Animal Care and Control had been stockpiled animals.
How can anyone do a better job when the City ties the paws of the Director of Chicago Animal Care and Control? Answer is, impossible.
Monday July 9 on WGN Radio with John Williams at 2:35 p.m., Susan Russell speaks out, answers questions for the first time.