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Wausau council to discuss humane society funding


The city of Wausau wants to limit funding for stray animals at the Marathon County Humane Society. A resolution is on the agenda for a common council meeting Tuesday.

Right now, the county pays for a stray animal to stay at the shelter for up to seven days.

The Wausau council is asking the county to keep it that way. Council leaders told Newsline 9 if the number of days went up, so would the burden on taxpayers, But humane society leaders added it's about more than that.

"Keep it at seven; because there are only so many pet license resources out there, otherwise we'd have to raise licenses more and more," said Wausau City Council member Keene Winters.

"To cut that off at exactly seven days doesn't give us much chance to make an outcome for that animal, make a determination in that length of time, and that's where some of the questions are lying," said Marathon County Humane Society Executive Director Mary Kirlin.

Marathon County had a contract with the humane society, but that has expired. A new contract is currently being negotiated.

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