Wisconsin Animal Welfare Laws
tax exemptions] (28 ) Humane Societies
. Property owned and operated
by a humane society organized primarily for the
care and shelter or homeless, stray or abused animals,
on a nonprofit basis, no part of the net income
of which inures to the benefit of any member, officer
or shareholder, if the property is used exclusively
for the primary purposes of the humane society.
Dog license fund; how disposed of and accounted
for. (1) The dog license taxed so paid
to the county treasurer shall be kept in a separate
account and shall be know as the “ dog license fund”
and shall be appropriated and disbursed for the
purposed and in the manner following; within 30
days after receipt of the same the county treasurer
shall pay into the state treasury 5% of the minimum
tax as provided for under s. 174.05m (2) of all
dog license taxed which shall have been received
by the county treasurer.
necessarily recurred by the county in purchasing
and providing books, forms and other supplies required
in the administering of the dog license law, expenses
incurred by the county under s.95.21 ( 4)
(b) and (8) and expenses incurred by the
county pound or by a humane society or other organization
designated to provide a pound for collecting, caring
for and disposing of dogs may be paid out of the
dog license fund. The amount remaining in the fund
after deducting these expenses shall be available
for and may be used as far as necessary for paying
claims allowed by the county to the owners of domestic
animals because of damages done by dogs during the
license year of which the taxes were paid. Any surplus
in excess of $1,000 which may remain from the dog
license taxed of any license year shall on March
1 of the succeeding year be paid by the county treasurer
to the county humane society or other organization
designated by the county board to provide a pound.
If there is no humane society or other organization
designated to provide a pound, these funds shall
be paid to the towns, villages and cities of the
county for their use in the proportion in which
the towns, villages and cities contributed to the
fund out of which the surplus arises.
Administration of drugs to horses. (1) No
person may administer a drug to a horse, either
internally or externally, for the purpose of altering
the performance of the horse in a horse pulling
in charge of a horse pulling contest may require
as a condition of participation in the contest that
the exhibitor submit the exhibitor‘s horse for examination
by a licensed veterinarian to determine the presence
of dugs under sub (1)
95.72 ( 10
) HUMANE HANDLING. Live downer animals
picked up for animal food processing or rendering
shall be slaughtered before loading for transport
to a processing or rendering plant.
shall be done by humane methods as defined in s.
95.80 (1 ) (a).
Humane slaughtering. ( 1
) DEFINITIONS. As used in this section;
(a) “Humane method”
1. Any method
of slaughtering livestock which normally causes
animals to be rendered insensible to pain by a single
blow or shot of a mechanical instrument or by electrical,
chemical or other means that is rapid and effective,
before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or
2. The method
of slaughtering, including handling and other preparation
for slaughtering, required by or used in connection
with the ritual of any religious faith, whereby
the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia
of the brain caused by the simultaneous instantaneous
severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.
(b.) “ Livestock”
means cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, farm-raised
deer and other species of animals susceptible of
use in the production of meat products.
(c) “ Slaughterer”
means any person operating a slaughterhouse licensed
under s 97.42, or registered under s. 97.44
No slaughterer may slaughter livestock except by
a humane method.
Driving animals. No person shall drive
or pursue any animal with a snowmobile, except as
a part of normal faming operations involving the
driving of livestock.