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Hundreds of families abandon pets in economic slump


Baraboo (WKOW) -- The long-haired cat Isabell arrived outside the Sauk County Humane Society in Baraboo late last week inside a box with a note: "Please take care of me."  Her owner couldn't afford her anymore in the current economic slump.

Isabell will join 100 other cats at the shelter and 20 dogs looking for homes.  That's twice as many animals as normal. Shelter director Wendy Schneider blames the bad economy.

"It's sad we have so many animals and not enough homes for them," said Schneider.

The shelter reports spending thousands of dollars more each month caring for the surge in animals.  Some of them are dropped off at night, others left on the side of the road, while still others are abandoned in foreclosed homes.

27 News went with a shelter staff member and a Sauk County Sheriff's Deputy on Wednesday to a report of another abandoned cat in Reedsburg.

"I want to know why," asked Justin Huelsemann, a shelter employee who picked up the cat. "I want to know why they didn't take them."

They'll have even more questions on Thursday.  The shelter received another tip call.  This time, there's a home with a reported 17 abandoned cats.

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