UPDATE: County Board Votes to Reduce Funding for Cats at HSMC

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The Humane Society of Marathon County will need to find ways to fund cats taken to the shelter. Tuesday, the county board voted to reduce it's funding for cats over the next two years.

Wisconsin law requires county tax dollars to cover the cost of impounded dogs for up to 7 days but that law doesn't cover cats. Marathon County has been paying for cats, but over the next two years that funding will be phased out. Now that the board has passed a policy, it's time to start the negotiation process with the HSMC.

But the Humane Society of Marathon County and it's supporters are not happy with Tuesday's outcome saying they weren't involved in the resolution.

The county says they're not leaving cats out in the cold and are suggesting the Humane Society come up with contracts with each municipality to cover the costs of cats, a method other counties in the state use to pay for the issue. Humane Society staffers and the task force set up by the county have until August 31st to come up with a contract.

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