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665 Animals Lost Their Lives at Milwaukee Animal Control in August

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) has killed 3,498 animals so far this year, 665 in August alone.

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) has killed 3,498 animals so far this year. (This does not include those that died in their kennel, were dead on arrival, or were owner-requested euthanasia).

Five birds, 2,205 cats, 1,239 dogs, and 49 other animals died at MADACC.  The charts below show comparisons from last year to this year and also the breakdown of the August statistics. As you can see, in August alone, MADACC killed 665 animals.

MADACC's August statistics showed some improvement over last August but other cities in America are saving over 90% of the animals in their care. Click here to read more.

Thank you to the staff at MADACC for beginning to post their statistics in a timely fashion. The key to solving a problem is to know that there is a problem. Transparency in government organizations is key, so that citizens can evaluate how their tax dollars are being spent. If you live in one of the 19 municipalities of Milwaukee County that MADACC serves, you are paying for this problem.

July and August are typically the highest intake months for shelter animals  for a few reasons. First, it is the height of kitten and puppy season. Second, the weather is warmer and pets are outside more. Third, thunderstorms and fireworks displays cause many pets to bolt in panic. The week after July 4th is the busiest week of the year nationwide for animal shelters. Approximately 50-70% of all animals in America's shelters are lost pets. 

Yet, very few people in Milwaukee know that MADACC exists. They don't know where or how to go about looking for their lost pet. 

Many people believe that it costs more money to save more lives when in fact, it usually costs less. Taxpayers are already shouldering the burden of handling, housing, euthanizing, and disposing of animals. This is very costly. Other cities are realizing increased cost savings by returning more lost pets to their owners, preventing surrenders, transferring animals to rescue partners and adopting out others. Trap, neutering and returning feral cats reduces their population in a more humane and cost effective manner than the traditional "catch and kill' method that is used now.

Here is an excellent booklet called "Dollars and Sense" to download and share if you are interested in learning how to save tax dollars with more effective and humane animal control. http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/econbenefits.pdf

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Dirk Gutzmiller September 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Pennypacker - Many, many people today believe is wrong to consider animals as simply property. If something is private property it implies that you can do whatever you please with that object,including abuse it, maim it or destroy it. It seems you are coldly advocating this in using the code word "property" that laws protecting animals should not be legislated. Will we see a loosening of such existing regulations in that regard should the Tea Party gain any ground come Novermber? Would it really surprise anyone? Abusing animals can be quite profitable in the food and medical lab industries, or save government expenditures, as in the case of destroying animals in tax supported "shelters."
H.E. Pennypacker September 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I am preparing to go hunting tomorrow morning for a variety of small game, is that okay with you Dirk, or does that somehow damage your fragile constitution? I do not advocate abusing animals, but I will not join the anthropomorphic lunatics such as yourself and give human being status to mere animals. Animals are property, this is a fact that most adults can accept.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Pennypacker - Hope you are less abusive with the animals, pets or wild, than you are with people. I sincerely doubt it. Your "hunting" extends to searching out opportunities to try to upset sincere, decent people and frankly, you come off as a world class jerk.
Bill Mack September 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM
They say that people who have no regard or respect for pets are likely to treat children the same way
Kathy Pobloskie September 16, 2012 at 01:13 AM
You are absolutely right, Bill. There have been studies that show that there is a direct link between cruelty to animals and violence in the home. http://www.animallaw.info/articles/arus30sepcololaw29.htm

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