VIDEO REPORT: Possible Answers for Impounded Animals in Rock County

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 -- 10:30 p.m.

Both Beloit and Janesville are planning a partnership to move impound animals to Dane County.

The Rock County Humane Society is actually a private non-profit, despite its name. Each year staff take in about 3,000 stray pets. Because their kennels are usually full, especially of cats, it doesn't leave a lot of room for other services.

"We don't have quarantine areas, we don't have a proper intake area, we don't have an isolation area," said Rock County Humane Society Executive Director Angela Rhodes.

The lack of local services for owned animals has caused some cities to scramble for options.

"We usually beg vets to help us," said Assistant to the Beloit City Manager Beth Jacobsen. "We can't afford to put animals in squad cars, we've transported dogs with parvo, we've had to clean vehicles top to bottom," she said.

Now Beloit and Janesville plan to partner with the Dane County Humane Society to provide services for injured or seized animals. City staff tell NBC 15 they expect the plans to pass in meetings next month.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 --- 4:20p.m.

Release from Dane County Humane Society:

Madison, WI – The City of Beloit, the City of Janesville and other municipalities in Rock County are currently looking for a vendor who can provide the following services for impounded (owned) animals, which are not being addressed formally at this time:

* Receiving and holding facility for abused or neglected animals, injured animals, animals whose owners are removed from the home, and bite cases.
* 24-hour emergency services for injured and ill animals.
* Safe transportation of impounded animals to a receiving or holding facility.

In the last year, both cities have extensively researched permanent solutions and vendors for a variety of animal services.

Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is an open admissions shelter that accepts all animals that need assistance. DCHS is also a private, non-profit organization that contracts as a vendor with Dane County for services for impounded and stray animals in Dane County. During the last several years, DCHS has worked closely with Dane County to create an effective cost-based contract that allows DCHS to provide receiving and holding of both stray and impounded animals. Through a longtime partnership with Exceptional Care for Animals (ECA), DCHS provide 24/7 care to animals in need.

The Rock County Board of Supervisors recently reached out to DCHS to learn about the relationship with Dane County and to discuss possible solutions for its impounded animals. After several in-person discussions, DCHS is happy to report that they are able to offer the City of Janesville, the City of Beloit and other municipalities in Rock County basically the same contract and services as DCHS currently provides to Dane County for impounded animals with no negative impact on services provided to Dane County. Animals in need do not know county boundaries and DCHS is pleased to help those in need in Rock County.

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