CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County commissioner is raising questions about the county’s system of handling stray dogs – a system he believes is resulting in “people’s pets being killed.”
County Commissioner John Fritchey of Chicago’s North Side is questioning some of the suburban shelters the county uses to house strays.READ MORE: Chicago Mass Vaccination Sites To Begin Offering Pfizer Vaccine For Youths Age 12 To 15 On Thursday
“People lose their animals in the county. People don’t know how to find their animals in the county. A lot of these animals wind up being placed into a shelter that we contract with. And basically, people’s pets are being killed – because we don’t have the appropriate safety nets.”READ MORE: SWAT Team Responds To Building In South Loop For Call Of Men With Guns Inside
Fritchey spoke at a budget hearing for Cook County Animal and Rabies Control – and he addressed his comments to Administrator Dr. Donna Alexander. Fritchey wants the county to sign contracts with shelters that have a kill rate below a certain percentage.
Dr. Alexander says, “That’s a good way of putting it.”
Fritchey also asked about the $6.8 million surplus in the department’s budget, saying, “If I look at the surplus as a rainy day fund, we’ve got enough for a few hurricanes.”MORE NEWS: AAA Estimates 1.7 Million Illinoisans Will Hit The Road For Memorial Day Weekend -- How Do They Come Up With Their Predictions?