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Villages Hope to Stay with Countryside for Animal Control

Officials in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant continue to have conversations with Countryside Humane Society for animal control while the City of Racine looks like it's on its own after Dec. 31, 2012.

When Countryside Humane Society first announced it would cease animal control as of Dec. 31 of this year, the City of Racine wanted to create a new agency with interested municipalities sharing the costs.

The problems started when city officials presented their $6 million proposal and over what they'd been paying to Countryside.

In Mount Pleasant, the price tag would have jumped from $25,000 a year with Countryside to $126,000 a year with the city. The story was similar in Sturtevant, with costs rising from $5,000 a year to $40,000.

According to a story from The Journal Times, the Villages of Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant continue to have conversations with Countryside authorities even as that organization seems to be on the road to becoming an acquisition of the Wisconsin Humane Society. The City of Racine, however, is still looking for a suitable site for shelter services.

Richard Head May 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM
"The problems started when city officials presented their $6 million proposal and community officials saw projected costs skyrocket over what they'd been paying to Countryside." It is FORTUNATE for those in surrounding Communities that their elected officials saw through this tax and spend power grab by Racine and rejected it. Racine, and it's lying Mayor would like nothing more than to continue to entangle surrounding Communities in it's failed projects and shift their cost to them. Racine - you need to work on INCREASING tax revenue by increasing the tax base before you go on any more half-baked and ill-conceived spending increases. Tax and spend IS NOT the path to an economically healthy Community. OF course, with the current crop of (NON) Leaders you have in the Common Council, City Administrator and Mayor, bankruptcy and economic collapse are on the horizon.
Chris Wright May 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Richard, as much as the mayor and I would disagree on a number of issues. This is more to blame on former Ald. Marcus who led the crusade against Countryside.
crazycatladyofcaledonia May 15, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Countryside needs cleaning up, I went there to look for a cat to adopt and couldn't breathe for the smell of urine and feces. Maybe if the facility were renovated, it would be a better place.
Lin Gatton May 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM
When it comes to animal control, first and foremost, consider these issues: Are your pets spayed/neutered? Are they microchipped? Wearing a collar with tags? Why do people abandon their companion animals instead of surrendering them to a shelter? How many people insist that their dog or cat have a litter "for the experience" or because "nature says she should"? How many of those puppies and kittens end up in a shelter or at animal control? Did you opt to adopt your latest pet? The true cost of animal control starts with us being responsible pet guardians.

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