BELOIT (WKOW) -- The City of Beloit has a new agreement with the Rock County Humane Society that took effect on January 1, 2013.
The Beloit Police Department will continue to be responsible for animal control within the city limits. The department has working agreements with both the Rock County Humane Society (RCHS) and the Dane County Humane Society.
In October, 27 News reported that Beloit's contract with the RCHS was up in the air.
The Beloit Police Department outlined the new procedures in a release Friday:
ROCK COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: Will continue to accept any stray animal that is recovered by a citizen in the City of Beloit and transported by the citizen to the Rock County Humane Society during normal business hours. These hours are typically 7 days a week from 0800-1700 hours, excluding holidays as determined by Rock County Humane Society, 222 S. Arch St., Janesville, WI, 752-5622.
DANE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: Effective on 01/01/2013 any animal that is abandoned, impounded, seized, surrendered, or stray that is in need of medical attention shall be taken to the Dane County Humane Society by a Police employee that is primarily responsible for animal control functions. Citizens should call the Rock County Dispatch Center, 757-2244, to report such animal complaints.
ANIMAL BITES: Citizens should call the Rock County Dispatch Center, 757-2244, to report animal bites. A police report is required when an animal bites or scratches a human and the victim's skin has been broken. The Beloit Police Department will maintain the responsibility to fully investigate the incident until its conclusion.
STRAY ANIMALS: In the case of a stray animal that is received by the Rock County Humane Society by a citizen during normal business hours, an animal control officer will conduct follow-up and initiate a report.
In the case of a stray animal that is captured by an officer/animal control officer during normal business hours, the officer/animal control officer investigating the incident will initiate a report. All reasonable attempts to locate an owner will be made.
In the case of a stray animal that is captured by a citizen and the police are notified during normal business hours, the officer/animal control officer investigating the incident will initiate a report and attempt to locate an owner. If unsuccessful, the Beloit Police Department will make arrangements for transport to a shelter.
In the case of a stray animal that is captured by a citizen and the police are notified after normal business hours, the officer investigating the incident will initiate a report. The officer should ask the citizen if they would be willing to keep the animal until 8:00 a.m. when the citizen can either take the animal to Rock County Humane Society themselves or request the Beloit Police Department to take the animal to an appropriate shelter. If the citizen is unable or unwilling to keep the animal until 8:00 a.m., an animal control officer will arrange for transportation to the appropriate shelter.
ABUSED/NEGLECTED ANIMALS & BARKING DOGS: Police officers or animal control officers will promptly investigate claims of animal abuse and neglect. The same holds true for barking dogs. Citizens should call the Rock County Dispatch Center, 757-2244, to report these incidents.
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