Or, don’t lose your dog in Wisconsin.
Just one of the odd bits of legislation winding through Madison, WI. From AB40:
SECTION 2704. 174.13 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
174.13 (2) Any officer or pound which has custody of an unclaimed dog may
release the dog to the University of Wisconsin System, the University of
Wisconsin–Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., or to any other
educational institution of higher learning chartered under the laws of the state and
accredited to the University of Wisconsin System or University of
Wisconsin–Madison, upon requisition by the institution.
The requisition shall be in
writing, shall bear the signature of an authorized agent, and shall state that the dog
is requisitioned for scientific or educational purposes. If a requisition is made for a
greater number of dogs than is available at a given time, the officer or pound may
supply those immediately available and may withhold from other disposition all
unclaimed dogs coming into the officer’s or pound’s custody until the requisition is
fully discharged, excluding impounded dogs as to which ownership is established
within a reasonable period. A dog left by its owner for disposition is not considered
an unclaimed dog under this section. If operated by a county, city, village or town,
the officer or pound is entitled to the payment of $1 for each dog requisitioned. An
institution making a requisition shall provide for the transportation of the dog.
It’s been pointed out the bill only adds UW Madison to the list of organizations that can purchase dogs, but I’m compelled to wonder about the motivation for this measure, given UW-Madison doesn’t rely upon purchases of strays . Perhaps, the hope is that local governments can rely upon the sales of stray dogs to help offset the multi-million dollar reductions in state funding of local governments, as proposed in Governor Walker’s budget.
I have not seen any formal estimates of the fiscal impact of this measure.