Is there a solution to stray animal problem?
In last Sunday’s Gazette, reporter Catherine W. Idzerda explained how half of Rock County’s 20 towns do not contract with the Rock County Humane Society to take stray animals. The shelter charges $130 for each animal staying seven or more days. Many town officials fear such deals because a cat with a litter of kittens might sock a modest budget with an unexpected $1,000 bill.
So sheriff’s deputies might let loose a dog in a town that doesn’t have a contract with the shelter. Recently, town of Turtle officer Jeff DuCharme cared for two pit bull-type strays in kennels at the town garage. The dogs became more attached to DuCharme each day he volunteered to feed them, while the officer contacted rescue services in hopes the dogs might avoid euthanization.
On March 16, reporter Shelly Birkelo detailed Community Cat, a nonprofit spay/neuter organization headquartered in Whitewater. It traps and sterilizes feral cats before returning them to the wild. In the past three years, it has sterilized 3,400 cats and more than 400 dogs.
Are such efforts the answer or only a partial solution? What else can be done?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Sunday.