Audit Finds Problems at Chicago's Animal Shelter

Report says city's animal shelter doesn't have enough staff to meet national standards

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    A government audit finds that Chicago's animal shelter is understaffed compared to recommended standards.

    Chicago's Office of Inspector General released the audit Thursday. The report says the city's Commission on Animal Care and Control doesn't have enough staff to meet national standards for cleaning and feeding the lost pets and strays housed at the shelter.

    The report says staffing is about 30 percent below what's recommended by the National Animal Control Association.

    Funding isn't the problem. The report says the shelter has enough money in its $4.9 million budget, and the inspector general recommends that jobs be filled as quickly as possible.

    Officials at the city animal shelter responded to the report saying they plan to hire about 10 more part-time animal care clerks by the end of the year.