Kenosha Animal Hospital

6223 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142


Animal Welfare Forum Update

Published in March 2013 Action Magazine


Revised Ordinances Passed



Our proposed changes to the city ordinances passed unanimously at the Kenosha Common Council Meeting held March 4, 2013.  The new ordinances include an amendment that was introduced at the meeting as well.  With the hard work of those involved in our Animal Welfare Forum, Safe Harbor Humane Society staff, Kenosha Police Department Community Service Officers and the alderpersons of the Common Council, we have made our vision of tougher animal welfare laws become a reality. 


Inclusions in the newly approved ordinances include:

  • A case can be deemed animal cruelty if an animal has not received necessary veterinary care - this is what we need to prevent the suffering that little Shiloh endured.
  • Those found guilty of violating the new animal cruelty ordinances will be subject to a fine of $200 to $1,000 – double the current range of fines.  Fines for other violations including not licensing dogs and cats will also increase. 
  • The city can designate distributors of dog and cat licenses (such as the Safe Harbor Humane Society) who will be able to sell them.  It will be shelter policy that ALL pets who are adopted or reclaimed from the shelter will need to be licensed before they go home.
  • No animal shall be tethered in a manner that endangers the animal’s life or health.
  • An amendment was also made to address confining animals in unattended vehicles under hot or cold conditions that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, injury or death to the animal. 
  • Licensing fees will also increase for both cats and dogs. 

This is just the beginning in our journey to improve the lives of animals in our community.  This is one step of many and our goal is that Kenosha can be a model for other communities and lead the way in Animal Welfare Reform.   Please watch for the Kenosha Animal Welfare Forum brochures throughout the community.  These brochures are designed to educate people on how to report abuse, neglect and cruelty within the City of Kenosha.  We hope that this gives the public a more clear direction on what they need to do to insure appropriate action is taken against people who are abusing and neglecting animals. 


Help us be their voice - get involved and make a difference. 


“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization