Must Janesville police drive animals to Dane County?
The Janesville Police Department might hire part-time civilian staffers to pick up both strays and “owned” cats and dogs. They would drive the "owned" ones, those neglected or that have bitten someone, to the Dane County Humane Society. The travel costs seemingly will cost the police department more than simply dropping off these pets at the shelter on Janesville’s west side.
Yet the latter option is not available, as reporter Neil Johnson detailed in a story in last Saturday’s Gazette. Taking in “owned” animals is not in the contract between the city and the local shelter. Because of space and staffing limits, the shelter struggles to deal with the overwhelming number of strays it takes in, say nothing about adding “owned” dogs and cats that are seized because of abuse or neglect or because the animals have bitten someone. The shelter, Executive Director Angela Rhodes says, isn't equipped to handle the complications that come with such animals.
Besides that, many people still have a misperception of just what the Rock County Humane Society is and isn’t.
So does the option of having police staffers transport owned animals to Dane County make sense? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Thursday.