WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau city leaders have sent a proposed pet fancier's permit back to the public health and safety committee for more review.
A vote on the measure had been delayed last month when a number of council members were not present to address their concerns on the measure. Alderman Jim Brezinski moved to have the measure sent back for more time to look at it. “This is an effort to make sure we are very thorough and complete on what the new ordinance will be.”
Alderman Romey Wagner told a group of pet suporters who spoke at the meeting that the city wasn't trying to take dogs away. “Their best location is in a home.” Wagner says the city is trying to look into funding a permanent animal control officer to help educate people on how to treat and handle pets in their homes and that funding from the permits could offset those costs.
City council president Lisa Rasmussen said it's important to note that the city's limit on the number of pets in the house hasn't changed. “Were still keeping to down to 2 dogs and 3 cats, no matter what.” The permit would allow residents to have up to five animals through any combination of cats and dogs. The current limit only allows two dogs or three cats.
Permit holders would have to pay a $35 non-refundable fee and show proof of current license for each animal covered by the permit. They cannot have violated the city’s animal code within the last two years or have any prior convictions for animal cruelty, neglect or mistreatment.
The public health and safety committee will take another look at the issue next Monday night.