OnFocus – At Tuesday’s City of Marshfield Finance, Budget, and Personnel meeting, the committee recommended changing the stray hold from 7 days to 4 days. The topic will be further discussed at Common Council on June 9 and 23, as the issue would require an ordinance change.
In 2016, the City of Marshfield voted to maintain the current stray hold of 7 days to help provide owners a longer period of time to reclaim their animals. Wisconsin law requires a minimum stray hold of 4 days for strays that end up at shelters. Stray animals found in City limits are taken to Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS).
The recommendation for the stray hold reduction is based on research that indicates a shorter stay is in the best interest of the animal. (Read more in our previous article here: http://www.onfocus.news/city-to-assess-pet-stray-hold-and-fees/)
The committee also reviewed a request to increase the stray hold fees, which the City pays MAPS to host stray animals.
Ordinance Officer Bob Larsen explained the costs of caring for animals and how the costs are lower by paying MAPS vs paying an ordinance officer to take an animal to a vet.
“We get this service for a lot less,” explained Larsen.
The new MAPS contract will be further reviewed on June 9.
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