In America, we enjoy many freedoms and privileges, including the right to own pets. And, most of us who exercise our right to have pets in our homes come to look at them as members of our family…family members who mean as much to us as our spouses and children do.
If you live in Wausau, Wisconsin, however, you face the very real danger of having your family broken-up depending on the number of pets you have. That’s because the city has an ordinance that limits a person’s right to own pets, meaning a resident of Wausau cannot legally have more than two dogs on a single parcel of property…as Melissa Lecker, her husband, and young children recently found out.
When a Wausau police officer stopped by the Lecker’s house by accident, the Leckers welcomed him inside. It didn’t take long for the officer to notice the Leckers had four dogs in their home, two more than permitted by law.
Being proactive, the Leckers quickly went before Wausau’s Public Health and Safety Committee to request a one-time variance that would allow them to keep all four of their dogs long enough for the two eldest ones, one of which is 13 years-old, to pass with the only family the dogs have ever known. The committee denied the Lecker’s request.
As Lisa Rasmussen, Chairperson of the Wausau Public Health and Safety Committee, cold-heartedly explains, “Other than getting rid of two dogs, there is nothing she [Melissa] can do to get the complaint right now.”
Now, because the Leckers innocently opened their door to accommodate a police officer who stopped by the family’s property accidentally, they are in danger of having to pay a $300 fine for each day that all of their dogs, their family members, remain in their home…a daily fine that could add up to more than $9,000 in a given month.
The Leckers, who refuse to give up any one, let alone any two of their dogs, have put their house on the market hoping to avoid the exorbitant fines the city is threatening them with...fines they will face simply because they love their pets, or, as Wausau sees it, too many of their pets.
Please sign this petition and help the Leckers retain their right to keep their family, all of their family, together. We need at least 5,000 signatures to even hope the Wausau Public Health and Safety Committee will reverse its decision and grant the Leckers the one-time variance they need to keep all four of their pets in their current home. Please, take a moment to sign this petition so the Committee will do the right, the just thing.
Grant the Variance
Exceptions should be made. The city only allows 2 dogs per household. This family approached the city to make a one time variance allowing their family to keep all 4 of their dogs until the two older dogs pass away. This family now has their home up for sale. They are being charged by the city of Wausau over $300 each day they remain in their home.