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Three-year extension of animal control pact between La Crosse police and animal shelter okayed by city committee



The Coulee Region Humane Society and La Crosse police appear to be good partners, in managing stray animals.

The city council finance committee has voted to extend an animal control contract between the two agencies for three more years, after its first-year trial period. Police pick up the strays, and take them to the local animal shelter. The proposal goes to the full city council next week for a vote.

Assistant police chief Jason Melby tells the finance committee that the first year of the partnership has gone “very well.”

“The first month, we had a few wrinkles,” said Melby, but he added that “we’ve been able to make our operations very smooth and seamless.”

City police have partnered with the Humane Society for the last year in protecting stray animals

Melby says hundreds of animals have been picked up and impounded by police in the past year. “Many of them are reclaimed by the owners,” he said. “Others get pushed over to the other side of the humane society for adoption, after the mandatory impoundment period that they’re required to have, so it works out well for both entities.”

The city of La Crosse is expected to pay the humane society over $100,000 in fees for each year of the proposed three-year contract extension.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Carol Herlitzka

    January 5, 2024 at 9:09 am

    What happened to the woman that was hired by Mr Mitch Reynolds and is getting paid??$78,000.00??
    What happened to the homeless coordinator.. That was hired by Mr Mitch Reynolds for $80,000.00???
    Less gov..spending…where is our $300.000.00 the school board gave to the owners of the trans building??? People these are are tax dollars..don’t you care where they go?????

  2. Jerry

    January 8, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    The School District (taxpayers)forfeited the $300,000. It’s just money…and you know, things change.

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