CHICAGO (CBS) — City Hall is beginning a search for a new director of the troubled Animal Care and Control, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

Gone is Sandra Alfred, who took over as director of Chicago Animal Care and Control three and a half years ago.

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The mayor’s office put out a statement that thanked Alfred – and says, “We are in the process of conducting a search to find her replacement and in the meantime Ivan Capifali, the deputy director, will manage the agency’s day-to-day operations.”

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The BGA says Capifali got a job at Animal Control in 2012 after being laid off by another department and that he had no experience in animal rescue and welfare.

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Seven months ago, an employee at Chicago Animal Care and Control accidentally left a dog in a van for five days and nights with almost no food and water.