Reporting Craig Dellimore
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago City Clerk says the crackdown on owners who don’t register their dogs has failed to generate enough response, or much revenue, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Remember when the City of Chicago launched its push to license the estimated half-million dogs in the city? Neither do most dog owners, apparently.
Clerk Susana Mendoza says only about 41,000 dogs have been registered and not many people seem to be getting the up to $50 fine for failing to get a license.
“Our office is responsible for licensing the dogs, and then it needs to be enforced on the back end,” said Mendoza.
According to Mendoza, the Department of Animal Care and Control is in charge of enforcement.
“I think they are enforcing but they have just a few handful of people that have to cover the entire city,” said Mendoza.
Mendoza told a City budget hearing that perhaps an outside company could be brought in to better enforce the law and give out tickets and fines.