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Wausau creates Animal Control program with Tuesday vote

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WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Wausau now has an animal control program. The City Council passed the resolution creating an animal control program. It’s the program some refer to as “Mary’s Law.”

Alderman Keene Winters says the new program is a step in the right direction. It provides for one full-time animal control officer and two part-time animal control people based in Wausau that will serve several participating Marathon County communities.

Winters is optimistic they can start in about six months.  He says the success of the program will depend on collecting license fees better than they’ve done in the past, and the new Wausau ordinance raises penalties for unlicensed pets.

Pet owners will have until March 31st to pay for pet licenses.  Winters says the other Wausau ordinance regulating the number of dogs you can have at a city residence will remain at two, but there is a new grandfather clause for some.  If households have more than two pets, they will have to have them licensed and  they must have been acquired prior to November 1st, 2012.

The municipalities will be working with Pet Data, which is a database provider who will keep track of licensed animals, if they are vaccinated, and send reminders out to owners to need to get booster shots.

The eight communities already committed to participating with the City of Wausau in the animal control program include the Village of Weston, City of Schofield, Town of Weston, Town of Wausau, Town of Ringle, Town of Norrie, Town of Easton, Town of Plover

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