Written by Susan Taney
At the request of Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, the Cook County Independent Inspector General (OIIG) conducted an 8 month audit of Cook County Animal Control. On August 21, 2015, the OIIG released its audit summary. The OIIG found many failures in regards to providing services to Cook County residents and their pets. Cook County is funded by rabies tag monies, which are paid by Cook County residents (including Chicago).
- No centralized database for posting found dogs for Cook County.
- No facility (FY 2015 $4 million budget – 2014 intake 262 animals; compared to City of Chicago Animal Care and Control FY2015 $5.5 million – 2014 intake 21,037 animals)
- No listing of Cook County stray holding facilities on the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control website (approx. 37 different facilities in Cook County that hold strays).
- No central repository system (microchip numbers and rabies tags number) available to other shelters and law enforcement to reunite pets with their family quickly.
All these failures lead to an ineffective system of reuniting lost dogs with their families. Pets are family members. They should be treated as such.
Cook County Residents (including Chicago)
Please contact the President of Cook County Board and each County Commissioner Board Member and let them respectfully know that you support the recommended changes presented by the Cook County Inspector General as a FIRST step toward fixing the problems of Cook County Animal Control.
Here is the listing of the President and the County Commissioner Board.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle – Phone: 312.603.4600
Commissioner Richard R .Boykin – District #1
Phone: 312.603.4566 Richard.Boykin@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Robert B. Steele – District #2
Commissioner Jerry Butler – District #3
Phone: 312.603.6391 Jerry.Butler@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Stanley Moore – District #4
Phone: 312.603.2065 Stanley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Deborah Sims – District #5
Phone: 312.603.6381 Deborah.Sims@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy – District #6
Phone: 312.603.4216 Joan.Murphy@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Jesús G. García – District #7
Phone: 312.603.5443 Jesus.Garcia@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. – District #8
Phone: 312.603.6386 Luis.Arroyojr@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Peter N. Silvestri – District #9
Phone: 312.603.4393 email@example.com
Commissioner Bridget Gainer District #10
Phone: 312.603.4210 Bridget@bridgetgainer.com
Commissioner John P. Daley – District #11
Phone: 312.603.4400 John.Daley@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner John A. Fritchey – District #12
If you would like to thank Commissioner Fritchey for initiating this investigation, please contact him.
Commissioner Larry Suffredin – District #13
Phone: 312.603.6383 firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Gregg Goslin – District #14
Phone: 312.603.4932 Commissioner.Goslin@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider – District #15
Phone: 312.603.6388 Tim.Schneider@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Jeffrey R. Tobolski – District #16
Phone: 312.603.6384 Jeffrey.Tobolski@cookcountyil.gov
Commissioner Sean Morrison – District #17
Phone: 312.603.4215 email@example.com
We need to let the President and Cook County Commissioners know that the residents of Cook County overwhelmingly support changes to provide better services to the Cook County Residents and their pets.