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What to do with stray cats in Marathon County?

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The debate about dealing with cats moved forward in Marathon County.

The county board met on Thursday night to discuss this. This comes after the county's finance committee approved a plan to stop funding for stray cats.

If the county decides to cut funding for stray cats, it would be up to cities and towns to pay for impoundment service. But humane society leaders don't agree with the plan.

Under the finance committee's recommendation, the board would give money to municipalities to help pay for stray cats, until 2016. Then it would be up to cities and towns to pay.

Supporters of this plan say the county doesn't have enough money in the budget to pay for these animals. But others say the funding is worth it.

"I see the financial situation that this county may be faced with, depending on a couple of assumptions, that we may be as much as 1.2 to 1.4 million short," said Kurt Gibbs, Marathon Co. Board Member.

"I think there's more work to be done," said Matt Powers, Marathon Co. Board Member. "I think this would be premature if we were to vote on this on Tuesday and approve this resolution."

It's important to note, state law only requires counties to pay for the care of stray dogs for seven days. Cats have no protection.

The board will vote on this issue Tuesday.

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