Marathon County Defunds Cat Care at Humane Society

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Marathon County will stop covering cat care at the Humane Society of Marathon County, meaning the cost will have to be picked up by local cities, towns and villages.

A Daily Herald Media report says the county board reached its decision unanimously Tuesday.

Starting Jan. 1, the only stray cats the shelter will accept are those that bit a person and have to be quarantined.

The shelter houses about 1,000 cats per year. Under the previous contract, the county paid $132,000 per year to help keep the shelter running. Next year it will provide about half that, but only in the form of funds that municipalities can apply for to help cover their own costs.

Under the new contract the county will still allocate $70,000 annually for stray dogs.

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