Heated debate over claims involving Sauk County Humane Society

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 --- 11:20pm

It was a heated scene at the Sauk County Humane Society Monday night. Controversy surrounds claims that the shelter is using unethical business practices.

Dozens of community members showed up to voice their disdain. The public is invited to attend board meetings, but based on what the shelter's board called a hostile atmosphere, members say they decided to make the meeting private. The board kicked out everyone, including the media minus one newspaper reporter. That's when things got especially heated. At one point, members of the board considered calling police.

Seven community members were given the chance to voice their opinions. They were called into the closed session, one by one. Each were given two minutes to speak their mind.

Some in attendance, including former shelter volunteers, say the organization is euthanizing healthy animals, and doing it at a rapid rate. But, the board denies those claims, saying, in the past few years, they've never euthanized a healthy animal. Interim Sauk County Humane Society Executive Director Dana Madalon tells NBC 15 they don't turn away any animal and try to help each and every one, but do have to put down sick animals if recovery isn't viable.

Though they differ on a lot, both sides agree the shelter is struggling with overcrowding and things need to change.

The board says they hope to soon hold a special meeting, where the public can voice their opinions on these and other issues. A date and time have set to be set. Stay tuned to NBC 15 and nbc15.com for the latest updates on this story.

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