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Wausau City Council favors limiting funding for stray animals


The Wausau City Council has voted in favor of limiting funding for stray animals at the Marathon County Humane Society.

At a packed meeting Tuesday, the council passed a resolution encouraging Marathon County to keep current policy in place that pays for stray pets to stay at the shelter for up to seven days.

Supporters of the resolution said it makes sense to limit funding in order to keep costs down.

"The city of Wausau has absolutely zero control over how the humane society operates and what its euthanasia policy is, and what its length of pet stay is," said Wausau City Council President Lisa Rasmussen.

But Humane Society leaders argued seven days is not enough time to place stray pets in homes. They said this policy will lead to more animals being euthanized.

"I think we are all just a little disheartened that people say seven days. And they're still not catching that there's a cost after that seven days," said Marathon County Humane Society Executive Director Mary Kirlin.

The resolution is just a recommendation to the Marathon County Board. Ultimately, the decision is up to them.

We'll have reaction coming up on Newsline 9 at 10:00.

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