Animal Control

STRAY DOGS

During regular office hours, the Village will accept stray dogs at Village Hall.  Staff will attempt to determine the dog's owner through a current license or microchip scan.  If located, the owner will be contacted and arrangements will be made for the owner to pick up the dog.

If no owner is identified, Wisconsin Humane Society(WHS) is contacted to arrange pick-up and the cost charged by WHS will be invoiced to the pet owner if the pet owner is later identified. Unpaid invoices may be applied as a special charge on the owner's property taxes as allowed by state law or collected by any other means as allowed by law.

The Owner or designee has 10 days from discharge of the animal to provide proof of licensure and rabies vaccination. Documentation can be brought to Village Hall during regular business hours -- Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm.  If, after 10 days from date of discharge, documentation has not provided, a citation is issued to the dog owner.

FERAL CATS

TNR:    Trap - Neuter - Release
A service through which free-roaming cats are humanely trapped, altered, and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found.

RTF:   Return tField
An alternative to euthanasia for healthy stray cats who would otherwise not make suitable companions due to behavior. Cats are altered and returned to the locations where they were found.

Trap & Remove:  The practice of humanely trapping free-roaming cats for euthanasia, which results in a resource rich environment that other cats will soon occupy.

Benefits of TNR/RTF

  • Prevents future litters.
  • Provides a live outcome for non-companion cats.
  • Provides natural competition for resources which prevents larger litters from other cats.

Wisconsin Humane Society     www.wihumane.org

If you are interested in being on the Village's contact list for lost or stray animals, please email the village hall at sswan@rochesterwi.us with a request. Photographs of lost or stray animals are forwarded to help re-unite lost dogs with their owners, or find potential homes.