What You Need to Know About Chicago Animal Care
Like any big city, Chicago has a significant stray animal problem, one that Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is struggling to solve. Adding to the frustration, Chicagoans also find it difficult to get a CACC officer to respond on time.
According to the CACC website, it receives approximately 40,000 calls per year for animal-related inquiries and service requests. By using DoNotPay's Animal Control product, you can remove the hassle and move your request or inquiry to the top of that mountainous list.
Chicago Area Animal Shelters Inundated by Abandoned Pets
In a report published by NBC Chicago from late November 2021, animal shelters in the Chicago metropolitan area have reported an increase in intake numbers. South Suburban Humane Society located in Chicago Heights reported an upsurge of around 25%, particularly with large dog breeds. The humane society's Director of Development Susanna Decker told NBC that it has been the most significant upsurge in the shelter's history.
Decker stated that a higher number of evictions and a poor economy are to blame for so many people abandoning their pets. In August 2020, the Washington Post compared the country's pet adoption craze during the lockdowns to the Cabbage Patch Kids (1985) and Tickle Me Elmo (1996) fads. But unlike dolls that get stored in boxes and left in the attic, some "part-time" pet owners have resorted to simply letting them loose to roam the streets of Chicago.
Other reports have also associated people's concern over the eviction moratorium ending with more Chicago pets finding themselves evicted.
Chicago Animal Control Hours, Location, and Contact Details
|Address||2741 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608|
|Phone Number||+1 312-747-1406|
|Hours||12 pm to 7 pm|
A Few Alarming Facts About Stray Animals in the U.S.
There is a tragedy playing out in the U.S. It's a tragedy that could be diminished if pet owners were more responsible. Nevertheless, millions of homeless cats and dogs are neglected in this country every year with a large percentage of them being euthanized. But that's not the only issue.
Stray dogs in particular pose a health risk to other animals, as well as to the humans they come into contact with. Below are a few reasons we at DoNotPay feel it necessary to simplify the animal control process for our users.
Stray Dogs Put Countless People at Risk of Injury
Approximately 4.5 million people are bit by stray or loose dogs in the United States annually. That's based on 2015 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common victims of dog bites are young children and elderly adults — likely because they're less capable of fending off or evading an aggressive K-9.
In June 2021, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that around 5,800 employees were attacked by dogs in 2020. This ultimately costs the post office $25 million in medical expenses and workers' compensation claims. That equates to around 16.5 USPS employees being bitten every day. UPS drivers have fewer run-ins with dogs that bite, but the annual numbers still reach nearly 1,000. The lawsuits in 2020 involving dog bites resulted in claims averaging $50,000.
There Are Approximately 70 Million Abandoned Pets Without a Home
National data has shown that the U.S. has around 70 million stray cats and dogs living on our streets. Out of that number, only about 11.4% of them enter one of the roughly 3,500 animal shelters. That means while humans are the ones who continually choose to breed, sell, and adopt them, they outnumber homeless people five to one.
Only 10% of Pets Have Been Spayed or Neutered
In an article published by dosomething.org, only 10% of pets that enter humane societies in the U.S. are spayed or neutered. This is hugely problematic considering the resulting statistics. For example, only 10% of puppies ever find a permanent home, even if they were born in one. This leads to more animals ending up on the street and eventually in an overcrowded shelter. In turn, the shelters are forced to euthanize around 2.7 million dogs and cats annually due to low adoption rates.
How To File a Demand Letter on Your Own
If you've sustained an animal injury, we recommend two options:
- You can contact the pet owner (if you know their identity) directly to request compensation for the injury. This option is recommended, especially if you require medical treatment.
- You can report the incident to your local government and its animal control agency, like the Chicago Animal Care and Control. The pet will likely be detained, and the owner may face legal consequences, but you likely won't receive any financial rewards.
Information to Include In Your Demand Letter
Whether you're filing a demand letter and requesting compensation from the owner or filing a report with the government, you should keep the following details of the incident in mind:
- Incident details, including the date, time, and location of the event.
- Injury details, including the type of injury sustained.
- Medical treatment information, including treatment costs and physician information.
- Any photo evidence you can provide to prove your statement.
- A description of the animal.
- The pet owner's information (if known).
Use DoNotPay to File a Demand Letter
One of the best ways to hold pet owners accountable for allowing their pets to run loose is by holding them liable. If you or someone you know was injured by a stray pet, DoNotPay can help you get compensation.
If you want to report an animal-related injury but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.
- Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.
- Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).
And you're done! DoNotPay will take the incident details you entered and file the demand letter or government report for you. Once it's reviewed, expect to receive a response with further questions or confirmation concerning your demands.
Check out some other ways DoNotPay can help with other animal control issues:
- Learn about dog bite lawyers
- Learn about reporting a dog bite
- Learn about suing because of a dog bite
- Learn about animal control in Los Angeles
- Learn about animal control in Atlanta
- Learn about animal control in Miami
- Learn about Pennsylvania dog bite law
- Learn about California dog bite law
- Learn about Texas dog bite law
- Learn about Ohio dog bite law
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