Chicago Animal Care And Control Director Fired

CHICAGO (STMW) — The executive director of Chicago’s Animal Care and Control department was fired Friday, a move she said “was a complete surprise to me.”

City spokesman Eve Rodriguez, in explaining the decision to fire Cherie Travis, only said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration “decided to go in a different direction.”

Travis, an adjunct professor of animal law at DePaul University, has held the position since former Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed her in November 2009.

“She’s not being accused of any wrongdoing,” said Rodriguez.

“The news was a complete surprise to me,” Travis said. “I am very proud of the significant, positive changes I’ve made over the last two years at Animal Control.”

On her facebook page Sunday, Travis said, “Obviously, I am devastated by the news — I gave my heart and soul to transforming the Department. In the past two years, we’ve set records for reducing euthanasia and increasing transfers — more than 7,000 animals were transferred last year (36 percent of intake). Plus, we had been successful in finding new funding through grants and corporate sponsorships.”

Emanuel appointed Sandra Alfred to fill the role. Alfred previously served as deputy director of Animal Care and Control for 11 years and twice served as interim head of the department.

“Sandra Alfred is a champion for animal rights and advocate for animal care. She knows every facet of the Department of Animal Care and Control and is a natural choice to lead the department’s efforts,” Emanuel said in a statement in which he also thanked Travis for her leadership.

The agency impounds about 20,000 animals a year.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • tom sharp

    She must have mistaken too many gang bangers for Pit Bulls and upset Jesse and his posse!

  • Debra Washington

    We don’t need a “Cherie Davis” too many of them working for the city as it is.

    • Debra Washington

      My mistake…TRAVIS not Davis. A Davis would be ok.

      • Say what?

        As a relative of the late Mayor Washington, I guess you would have insider info on how many “Cherie Travis’s” work for the city!!

  • G-Lep

    Yeah, this is a story of a famous dog
    For the dog that chases its tail will be dizzy
    These are clapping dogs, rhythmic dogs
    Harmonic dogs, house dogs, street dogs
    Dog of the world unite
    Dancin’ dogs
    Countin’ dogs, funky dogs
    Nasty dogs (Dog)

    Atomic dog
    Atomic dog

    Like the boys
    When they’re out there walkin’ the streets
    May compete
    Nothin’ but the dog in ya


  • THEE Yard Ape

    W.T.F.!!?? What’s wrong wiff u boy?? Atleast you aren’t singing a show tune from boy’s town called the “salty dog”. LOL !!!

    • G-Lep

      No, that’s for later. Queen Rahm is comin’ over and we gonna sing some show tunz.

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