Kane County Board members tabled a motion Tuesday that would have changed the name of the Animal Control department to Animal Care and Control.
The board voted 12-9 to table the motion, which will go back to standing committee for further discussion.
The department’s primary responsibilities are to “control and prevent the spread of rabies and to exercise dog and cat overpopulation and control,” as well as to “investigate claims made under the Animal Control Act.” But in addition to those duties, it is a service organization “dedicated to protecting and caring for all the animals within Kane County.”
The name change was sought by former interim Animal Control administrator Rob Sauceda, who resigned Wednesday after being placed on paid leave May 1 due an undisclosed personnel matter.
Fifth District board member Melissa Taylor noted that “the resolution was done by a presenter who is no longer with Kane County” and suggested the County Board hold off on the motion because of the expenses involved with the name change — including but not limited to changing the name on letterhead, business cards, department vehicles and buildings.
“This is not the right time to take that forward,” she said.
Seventeenth District Board member Deborah Allan said she liked the “mindset” of the name change because it shows “we’re not just thinking about doing away with animals, we’re thinking about caring,” but she also favored examining the mission of the department overall and waiting for the hiring of a new administrator before taking action.
“In other words, we do it in a meaningful way,” she said.
Mark Davoust, 14th District board member, agreed that the board should look at the mission statement.
“If we want to change (the mission), that’s fine,” he said. “But let’s do that first before we change the name. Let’s not get the cart before the horse.”
Board member Monica Silva (District 7) said she would support the name change.
“It sends a very good message: We’re not just Animal Control,” she said. “Animal Care and Control speaks to what our mission is.”
Eleventh District Board member Mike Donahue voted in favor of tabling the motion, although he said he would have voted against the name change had a motion come to the floor Tuesday. Donahue said his concern was that the name change implies additional duties and an expanded role for the department.
“I don’t want to support an expansion of local government,” he said.
AMENDING THE KANE COUNTY CODE TO REFLECT KANE COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL NAME CHANGE TO KANE COUNTY ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
WHEREAS, the Illinois Animal Control Act, 510 ILCS 5/5 states that it shall be the duty of
Animal Control Administrator, to control and prevent the spread of rabies and to exercise dog and cat
overpopulation and control and to investigate claims made under the Animal Control Act; and
WHEREAS, in addition to these duties, Kane County Animal Control is a service organization
to the residents of Kane County and their pets; and
WHEREAS, Kane County Animal Control is dedicated to protecting and caring for all the
animals within Kane County; and
WHEREAS, the Kane County Board desires to change the name of Kane County Animal
Control to Kane County Animal Care and Control to better reflect the operation and mission of the
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that Kane County Animal Control will now be known
as Kane County Animal Care and Control; and
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Kane County Code be amended to accommodate this
name change by replacing all instances of “Kane County Animal Control” or “Animal Control” with
“Kane County Animal Care and Control” or “Animal Care and Control” in all sections set forth in the
attached Exhibit A.