By Mary Platner
Special to the News-ReviewThis is the third article of a three-part series on animal control and welfare in Vilas County. Part one focused on dog license statistics in Vilas County and how they compare to the rest of the state. Part two focused on the prevention of animal bites and the need for rabies vaccination in Vilas County. This article focuses on who has the responsibility to investigate complaints about animals in Vilas County.
There are an estimated 4,000 dogs, 5,000 cats, 500 caged birds and 124 horses in Vilas County.
Using 2010 census figures — in addition to the 9,500 full-time residences in the county — in the peak months of June, July and August there are about 10,000 people staying in hotels and motels, 12,000 camping, 53,000 in seasonal homes and 6,000 day visitors.
The combination of animals and humans