Communities, groups struggle with how to deal humanely with animals
In the town of Turtle, stray animals end up in the public works garage.
In the town of Milton, the policy for strays is finders keepers, more or less.
In Janesville and Beloit, a new plan calls for owned animals that are collected by police to be sent to the Dane County Humane Society.
It’s not surprising.
A change in the way the Rock County Humane Society does business has caused local governments to rethink how they handle unwanted, stray and seized animals. The process involved a messy tangle of emotions, values, tax dollars and conflicting interpretations of state statutes.
Contracts have been signed and settled, but plenty of questions remain about the obligations that municipalities bear in animal control and care and about the role of the Rock County Humane Society.
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