Aldermen pushing to make all Chicago shelters ‘no-kill’

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CHICAGO– An ordinance was introduced and co-signed by 30 alderman Wednesday to make Chicago a “no-kill” city, which means animals brought to shelters would only be euthanized if they are terminally ill or under an order.

Eight months ago, Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward,  and Ald. Ray Lopez, 15th Ward, introduced a resolution that would encourage Chicago animal shelters to adopt no-kill policies, the Sun-Times reports.

The new ordinance states that before any animal is euthanized by the city’s Commission on Animal Care and Control, an assessment would be required to deem that euthanasia is appropriate in that situation.

The ordinance would also transfer the licensing of dogs and cats from the City Clerk’s office to the city’s Commission on Animal Care and Control.