a bill has recently been proposed to amend chapter 173 of wisconsin state law, which specifically deals with animal investigations, officers, violations, and animal seizure.
the amendments were a suggestion by volunteers for the dane county humane society. the changes provide that after an animal is taken into custody, the cost of custody and care will be paid for by the owner. if the owner does not pay, the animal will be treated as an 'unclaimed animal.'
several of the changes are proposed in an effort to expedite the deposition process, including giving the owner only seven days to file a petition for return of the animal.