Chicago Animal Care and Control officer retires

Chicago Animal Care and Control officer retires

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ricardo Aguilar has noticed it all for the duration of his a few many years operating at Chicago Animal Care and Management, but now he’s completely ready to retire.

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot will take a search back at his wild profession in a story you can expect to see Only on Two.

So many recollections are in Ricardo Aguilar’s photo albums. There are 32 a long time worth, filling many webpages, showing the joy he skilled every single working day even though doing the job for Chicago Animal Treatment and Handle.

“When I first started out with animal manage department, it was just about canine and cats. Which is the way I seen it. I never believed I was likely to be keeping an anaconda snake in somebody’s house, in a bedroom. Or an alligator in somebody’s household.”

In December of 1990, at the age of 33, Aguilar cleaned cages and fed the animals. Six decades later, he was serving to prep animals for surgical procedure. Then just after 12 decades of being within Chicago Animal Treatment and Regulate, he was on the streets, as a Chicago Animal Treatment and Control Officer, for 20 yrs.

“Every day was just like one thing distinctive.”

Aguilar mentioned you identify it, he is rescued it. There have been hundreds of rescues. A wide range of substantial turtles found on sidewalks and in yards, a rabbit in an abandoned dwelling, a pony in an alley, a vibrant yellow woodpecker, a coyote in an workplace constructing and even a infant pig he rescued in close proximity to 73rd and Western.

“I was managing after him and I couldn’t catch him (but) last but not least, I caught him. How they squeak, it was hilarious,” laughed Aguilar.

“It is just amazing to see all these animals in the town of Chicago.”

Of all of his phone calls, 1 quite big reptile stands out.

“When I got there, it was in the bedroom. I stated, ‘wow!'”

Just one of the rescues that Aguilar took part in was with an anaconda from South Africa that was 8-feet-extended, It was the only time just one was discovered in Chicago.

“The operator of the house explained another person moved out and still left an 8 foot snake there.”

Aguilar was also on Prospect the Snapper enjoy at the Humboldt Park Lagoon in 2019.

“We just assumed it was a joke. Where by you gonna have an alligator in the town of Chicago, in Humboldt Park,” puzzled Aguilar.

He brought the reptile to Midway, earning absolutely sure it was placed safely in a container to make its way to an animal sanctuary in Florida. Aguilar is very pleased to say he has despatched all of the unique animals he is rescued to sanctuaries.

1 non-unique rescue touched Aguilar’s heart. A cat, entangled in barbwire. He rescued it just a couple of times prior to Christmas in 2017. The razor-edged barbwire had slice by the cats paws and tummy.

“I took him straight to health-related. The way I found it, I didn’t imagine he was likely to make it,” anxious Aguilar.

They referred to as it the Xmas miracle. Nursed again to well being, colleagues named the cat Rikki Barb, after the guy who rescued him. Right now, Aguilar mentioned Rikki Barb is in a loving household.

Soon after far more than three decades of caring for Chicago’s stray animals and generating confident they discover residences, it truly is time to get pleasure from his grandchildren, fantastic-youngsters and to travel. But his enthusiasm for animals will by no means fade.

“It’s just a great deal of enjoy for these animals,” gushed Aguilar. “Acquiring an animal, a pet or a cat, is anything beautiful to have. It brings contentment to your everyday living.”

In scenario you are thinking, indeed, Aguilar has brought function house with him in excess of the earlier 32 decades, adopting 4 cats.

Tomorrow is the big day! 🐶🐈‍⬛❤️ Our January fee-waived adoption celebration is 12-6pm at our shelter at 2741 S. Western Ave….

Posted by Chicago Animal Treatment and Management on Friday, January 20, 2023