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SCHS director reacts to euthanasia numbers at area shelters

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BARABOO (WKOW) -- Sauk County Humane Society's director says she knows the organization has a high number of animals euthanized, but believes the problem goes beyond the shelter staff.

After a 27 News review of euthanasia numbers at several shelters in our area, executive director Dana Madalon responds as to why she thinks SCHS's rate is much higher. 

In 2012, SCHS put down 58 percent of animals that come into the shelter. That's almost four times the rate at surrounding counties. Madalon says SCHS cannot be compared to other facilities that have more resources, fewer intakes or different contracts with local law enforcement for animal control.

Despite claims from former employees that healthy animals have been euthanized, Madalon maintains no healthy, adoptable animal has ever been put down.

When in a space crunch, we don't go to the adoption area and start picking out ones to euthanize, Madalon tells 27 News. 

She says when they run out of room and have too many animals for the space, they look to the sick ones first, and those with behavioral issues that cannot be controlled. 

Madalon says 250 animals have been transferred to rescues or other humane societies in the past year and a half, but those facilities often don't have enough room at the times that they need help.

Madalon claims SCHS could save more animals if they had more space and more money. She also asks anyone who is willing to foster animals to step forward and help out.

The Sauk County Board's law enforcement committee oversees the county's contract with SCHS, providing $143,000 for the shelter's animal control services. Vice chair Peter Tollaksen says there's just not much room in the county budget to provide more money to SCHS, whose expenses run about $400,000 a year.

Tollaksen tells 27 News the committee believes there is a reason Sauk County sees more animals brought in to the shelter than other rural counties because it's a big tourist destination. Tollaksen says in the past few years, visitors have been leaving behind their pets that go unclaimed.

 

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