Cook County, Illinois: Demand Transparency from Animal Control



On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Office of the Independent Inspector General of Cook County and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. We have been working in Cook County and Chicago for many years to hold the municipal animal control agency accountable to the law. We have filed suit, asking  the Court to force the defendants to comply with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and release a report that details how Cook County Animal and Rabies Control uses its taxpayer-funded multi-million dollar budget.

Compassionate residents of Cook County have long been concerned about the agency’s lack of transparency. We hope this lawsuit will shed light on Animal Control’s successes and shortcomings so that the public knows what their tax dollars are paying for and exactly how the county treats animals.

More background on this case can be found here.


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