I have followed the recent situation between the city of Janesville and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin with dismay. As the founder and president of Spirit Horse Equine Rescue, I understand the complexity and intricacy of dealing with unwanted animals. I have had enough experience to know that it involves a certain amount of risk and a great deal of responsibility.

To encounter unknown animals, quickly assessing their temperament and evaluating their health requires a high level of expertise. Following up with appropriate care is equally important.

I cannot imagine why anyone who cares about the safety, health and well-being of animals would "shop around" for services when there has been a long history of excellent service provided.

If the city council has approved the amount for the contract with the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, the city should sign that contract. Holding the humane society's own budget process up at this stage seems mean-spirited at best.

I can only wonder at the motivation for this move by city administrators. The money has been budgeted. There have been no complaints about service. If this is a ploy to leverage future contracts with the humane society, it is wholly inappropriate.

If there is another agency or business willing to take on the responsibility of Janesville's stray pets, who will decide if the level of care will be adequate?

I urge the city administration to end this unfortunate situation and sign the contract with the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

DIERDRE LUCHSINGER GOLBERG

Janesville

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