Dogs, Cats and Other Companion Animals are at Great Risk at Milwaukee Animal Control

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) has killed 2,833 animals so far this year. Check these statistics for details.

Shorewood contracts with Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control along with other municipalities in Milwaukee County. 

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) has killed 2,833 animals so far this year. (This does not include those that died in their kennel, were dead on arrival, or were owner-requested euthanasia).  

Four birds, 1,713 cats, 1,069 dogs and 47 other animals died at MADACC. The charts show comparisons from last year to this year and also the breakdown of the July statistics. As you can see, in July 2012 alone, MADACC killed 499 cats and 205 dogs. 

The key to solving the problem is knowing that there is a problem. If you did not know that MADACC had such a high death rate for animals in Milwaukee County please share this blog post with your friends and neighbors.

The greatest risk to companion animals in America is not puppy mills, or dog fighting, or cruelty, or cancer. The greatest risk to companion animals in America is that they will die in an animal shelter.

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James R Hoffa September 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
"... except for the time that it lunged and bit me on the elbow. Oh, and it growls at me whenever I get within 5 feet of the property line." Sounds like a wise dog to Hoffa ;-)
Kathy Pobloskie September 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Taoist Crocodile , microchips are great. I will never dispute that. I am a co-founder and interim director of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, an all volunteer organization that has helped 868 dogs get back home safely so far in 2012. But they are not foolproof. There are cultural and educational barriers that still exist. You say that people that can't afford the $45 shouldn't get a pet. What about the people that already have a pet and then lose their job, or their home, or their insurance. Should we expect them to surrender their animals and then kill them?
Kathy Pobloskie September 10, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Bren, I never said anything about acquiring a pet so that children can see puppies or kittens being born. Children learn compassion and responsibility by seeing it in action. Children that are taught to love and care for a pet will carry those traits into adulthood and pass them on to their children. Compassion towards animals has nothing to do with income. Poor children are just as capable as well-to-do children to learn compassion and responsibility.
Taoist Crocodile September 10, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Hoffa, get back under your bridge.
Taoist Crocodile September 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Kathy, "What about the people that already have a pet and then lose their job, or their home, or their insurance. Should we expect them to surrender their animals and then kill them?" I think we should expect them to take care of their own animals. If they can't, and nobody else will, then what do you think should happen to them? I'm sorry, but animals are animals. I don't think one public dollar should be spent on keeping unwanted animals alive for perpetuity, or finding homes for them. Foundations that solicit donations to care for unwanted animals are misguided, in my view, but if that's what people want to do with their money, than who am I to argue? However, we've got a large and growing number of people who have no place in the economy, and they need public assistance more than the stray cats and dogs. If someone can't afford to take care of their pet, then they need to try to find a responsible way to get rid of it, and in my book that includes euthanasia. Ultimately, if you're having a hard time making ends meet, then it's irresponsible to risk your own future, or your family's future, for the sake of the family pet.
Kathy Pobloskie September 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Unfortunately, Taoist Crocodile, you don't understand the system. Pets brought into MADACC cost approximately $185 each to hold and kill. So whether you like it or not, you are paying for it. Your lack of compassion for humans and animals is troubling. I won't waste any more time on your comments.
Peace September 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Taoist Crocodile, you have singled out pitbulls twice in your comments, why? Are you under the imprression that they are the only breed that could potentially attack a cat or bite at your elbow? If your neighboor's dog is lunging and barking at anyone, don't blame that dog, blame the owner. Responsible owners will correct that behavior and train/socialize the dog better. That dog wasn't born acting that way, humans shaped that behavior in one form or another. Stop singling out pitbulls, this post has 0 to do with them.
Taoist Crocodile September 11, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Oh for crying out loud - Kelly, that's a great example of animal lover's tunnel vision. I'm not slandering pit bulls; I'm clearly taking issue with pet owners who can't afford to care for their pets, or can't control their pets, or don't realize that their pets are dangerous, or create a hazard for my family by allowing those uncontrollable dangerous pets near my infant daughter. Of course, humans are at fault, and it's sad that the animals wind up suffering because of us their broke and/or stupid human owners. However, animals are animals, and we shouldn't be treating them with more compassion than we treat humans. We shouldn't be taking food out of the mouths of poor children to feed unwanted animals. That's the sign of a society with screwed-up priorities.
Taoist Crocodile September 11, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Kathy, I have plenty of compassion for humans. I'm the one saying that we shouldn't be expending public resources to take care of stray cats and dogs when there are children living in poverty. I know how far 185 dollars goes for cat food, cat litter, cat medical bills, etc; better to euthanize the strays than take police off the streets or food out of starving children's mouths. Some of these posters and organizations need to get their priorities straight.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
And that's why I do almost anything in my power to see that an animal doesn't end up in a shelter. I take in the pets of the feckless and the poor souls who have fallen on hard times, the ones who I know wouldn't do well because they're old and poorly socialized. I feed them and pay their vet bills and love them and ultimately bury them. Not dogs, although I like dogs too.
H.E. Pennypacker September 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Hell I am with Taoist , all pit bulls and any variation of that breed need to be eliminated.
Kathy Pobloskie September 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Thank you Randy1949! You are exactly right. Reducing intake at animal control goes a long ways towards solving the problem. Proactively reuniting lost pets with their owners, reducing surrenders (like what you are doing) and Trap, neuter, return of feral cats all cost less than housing and killing pets.
Kathy Pobloskie September 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Taoist Crocodile, you are still missing the point. It costs money to kill animals and dispose of the carcasses. There is labor, the staff training to handle euthanasia drugs, the crematorium, the drug costs, etc. State law mandates this . You are paying for it now - whether you like it or not. What I am suggesting is a less expensive alternative (and more humane). Here is some reading for you that illustrates how animal control costs can be reduced: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/econbenefits.pdf Whether you like animals or not, I am sure you like money. And improving animal control practices saves money.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Sorry, Pennypacker, but you're wrong. Pits, Rottweilers, Dobermans, etc. can all be very gentle and non-aggressive, and it would be a real injustice to some wonderful animals to do some knee-jerk blanket ban. It's all in the breeding and the training. I knew a Pit who was so gentle that the mailman was in tears the day he had to be put down. On the other hand, his successor had to be returned to the breeder after he showed signs of aggression in spite of the owner's skilled training. Irresponsible breeders will ruin a breed.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@Taoist -- "Hey, great. I'm not saying that they should be euthanized; I'm just saying that it's not smart to let them play with children." Again, it's not smart to leave a child alone with any animal without understanding the animal's basic nature and the child's age. I'm in agreement with you about having an aggressive, territorial dog next door to you. I'd be investing in a stout chainlink fence around your entire yard. because that's not the only dog in the city.
oak creek resident September 11, 2012 at 03:25 PM
H.E. Pennypacker and Taoist want to eliminate any breed of pitbull because of their typical liberal hate.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Oh, please. Politics has nothing to do with it.
H.E. Pennypacker September 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM
No I want to eliminate any of the top 5 aggressive dogs because they kill and harm human beings. This is why I conceal carry while walking my hunting dog, I simply don't trust these monsters.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 03:41 PM
@Kathy -- I have actually tamed ferals (definitely ferals as opposed to strays). It takes some patience, but it isn't impossible. I also take issue with the 'better off dead than on their own' mindset. As long as they're not breeding and adding to the population they deserve the same chance at life as any other wild animal.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
There you have it, folks -- another reason not to let your animals run free. Do you shoot dogs with collars and tags?
Taoist Crocodile September 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
And here I was thinking that I was being an accommodating neighbor, and possibly a negligent father, by not calling the police and trying to have that dog put down the first time it bit me. Apparently, the dog is just misunderstood, and I should be walling myself in to protect against someone else's dangerous dog, while the dog goes to psychotherapy. I've thought many times about what I'd be able to do if the dog came rushing at me while I was carrying my daughter in her car seat. Any suggestions from the humane and compassionate pit bull lovers out there? What's the best way to kill a pit bull with your bare hands?
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
@Taoist -- If it bit you, then it's not rehabilitated enough, so yeah, you probably want to report it to animal control. But like I said, it's not the only potentially dangerous dog that people will allow to run loose, so everyone needs to be aware.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I need to protest here. Taoist is not a troll. He's a father who is understandably worried about having a dog next door that had bitten him and charges the fence when he's in his own back yard. That would be every parent's nightmare, having to protect a very small child against a dog in the back yard or running loose out on the street. Not all Pit Bulls behave this way, but this one seems to be in need of some extra rehabilitation.
Randy1949 September 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
If you read the thread carefully, it was someone else who spoke about carrying a concealed weapon and killing dogs. Taoist was just asking what he was supposed to do if the Pit from next door came rushing at him when he was carrying his daughter to the car. A clear case of self defense, and obviously, it's very hard to kill an animal that has been bred for fighting with your bare hands.
Pile of Poop September 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Taoist, a few things. One, you say you have a pit bull next door. Have you had its DNA tested? You very well have a mastiff mix, boxer mix, and any other dog with a big head. Not even shelters can correctly identify predominant breeds in 75 percent of their breed identifications. Secondly, in my opinion, you should have your yard fenced in for your own security and peace of mind. Third, you can carry mace around if you are that concerned. That should, in my opinion, deflect a charging dog. You can also use a tazer without killing a dog. I wish our police officers used mace and tazers instead of going right to their pistols. Lastly, if you did have an actual pit bull bite your arm, and it's still attached/functional, I'd consider yourself extremely lucky. I'm not exactly believing this part of your story for this reason. Either that, or you got scratched and called it a bite. Either way, thank you for not calling the authorities, it would indeed be a death sentence for that animal. I truly hope I just didn't give you any ideas.
Cricket September 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I did the same thing with what I thought was a lost dog last year. Now I feel horrible. I looked on their web site and saw a picture of the dog that they posted. It looked like the dog went unclaimed for the 5 or so days I monitored it. Perhaps more advertising should be done so people with lost pets realize this is a resource for them.
Cricket September 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Pet's are priceless to many people, myself included. I do not know what I would do without my brood. TWhen times are good and everyone is healthy you don't think about the cost of an animal. Right now I have 2 on medication for chronic health problems, asthma and hyperthyroidism and one with cancer. The bills just this past summer alone could have paid off all of my existing debt. But just one more day with each of these precious creatures is worth every cent I have paid. I pity those that have never had the love of an animal.
Linda Schultz September 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The American Veterinary Med Assoc gathered statistics and publishes that no breed can be singled out for the most bites that occur; but do have statistics that "intact males constitute 80 percent of all dogs presented to veterinary behaviorists for what formerly has been described as dominance aggression, are involved in 70 to 76 percent of reported dog bite incidents, and are 2.6 times more likely to bite than neutered dogs". There's alot more information that can be obtained by reading, than by media hype. And the ASPCA thinks its important that we all educate ourselves with facts and truth. Breeds are just not to blame. http://www.aspca.org/About-Us/policy-positions/breed-specific-legislation-1
Taoist Crocodile September 12, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Well, a couple of things; - the owner calls it a pit bull, so that's what I call it. - I happen to think that the owners of dangerous dogs should be the ones fencing in their yards. - I wasn't "bitten" in the sense of a dog trying to eat my arm. But it was growling, rushed and jumped at me, and its mouth and teeth made contact with my elbow. The first thing the owner said was "oh, you shouldn't back away; that's the worst thing you can do!" Excuse me? Get your damn dog under control. Those of us who don't love your animal are under no obligation to put up with its aggressive behavior. - and lastly, you are out of your mind. On the one hand, a pit bull is so dangerous that it could tear my arm off, but on the other hand (no pun intended), I should be defending myself from it with non-lethal means? You need a reality check. You know, I just deleted my first reply to you, because it detailed the kind of violence I'm perfectly comfortable employing against an out-of-control dog. However, if you're curious, just ask and I'll be happy to spell it out; it starts with kicking and stomping and doesn't end until one of us is dead, or the dog is running for its life. Bottom line: No f-ing way am I letting an even slightly out-of-control dog anywhere near my kid. My child is a human being at home; this dog is a dangerous intruder. Deal with it. Dogs die all the time because their owners are too stupid or broke to keep them under control, and that's the way it should be.
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