When Countryside Humane Society first announced it would cease animal control as of Dec. 31 of this year, the City of Racine wanted to create a new agency with interested municipalities sharing the costs.
The problems started when city officials presented their $6 million proposal and over what they'd been paying to Countryside.
In Mount Pleasant, the price tag would have jumped from $25,000 a year with Countryside to $126,000 a year with the city. The story was similar in Sturtevant, with costs rising from $5,000 a year to $40,000.
According to a story from The Journal Times, the Villages of Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant continue to have conversations with Countryside authorities even as that organization seems to be on the road to becoming an acquisition of the Wisconsin Humane Society. The City of Racine, however, is still looking for a suitable site for shelter services.