months of uncertainty, a decision. The Marathon County Board voted
unanimously Tuesday to stop the funding for stray cats at the humane
hard, our hearts are in helping all the animals," said Humane
Society of Marathon County Executive Director Mary Kirlin.
Jan. 1, the only stray cats the shelter will accept are those that
bit a person and have to be quarantined.
issue really came down to a funding source," said county board vice
chair Kurt Gibbs.
at the Marathon County Humane Society say they house about one
thousand cats per year. Before, the county paid just more than
$130,000 each year to help do that. Under the new contract, that
amount will be almost cut in half.
still going to be there to help when we need to but we just can't
keep taking in all these stray cats," said Kirlin
leaves cities, towns and villages to find a way to pay for the rest.
Newsline 9 reached out to several town chairmen and mayors. Many of
them were not available for on an camera interview. But they did say
finding the funds could be challenging.
why board members say there's help. For the first two years, the
county will provide money those cities and towns can use to help
offset the cost of their new contracts. But all municipalities must
have a contract by march of next year to get the money.
county cannot license cats, cannot have a license for cats, however
all the municipalities can and some in fact do," explained Gibbs.
county still plans to pay about $70,000 each year for stray dogs.
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