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2017 Milwaukee Brewers Schedule

Here’s a look at the Milwaukee Brewers schedule, with the first game played April 3 against the Colorado Rockies.

April 3 Colorado, 2:10 p.m.

April 4 Colorado, 7:40 p.m.

April 5 Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

April 6 Colorado, 1:40 p.m.

April 7 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

April 8 Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.

April 9 Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m.

April 11 at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

April 12 at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

April 13 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

April 14 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

April 15 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

April 16 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

April 17 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

April 18 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

April 19 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

April 20 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

April 21 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

April 22 St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

April 23 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

April 24 Cincinnati, 7:40 p.m.

April 25 Cincinnati, 7:40 p.m.

April 26 Cincinnati, 1:40 p.m.

April 28 Atlanta, 8:10 p.m.

April 29 Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

April 30 Atlanta, 2:10 p.m.

May 1 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

May 2 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

May 3 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

May 4 at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.

May 5 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

May 6 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

May 7 at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

May 9 Boston, 7:40 p.m.

May 10 Boston, 8:10 p.m.

May 11 Boston, 1:10 p.m.

May 12 N.Y. Mets, 8:10 p.m.

May 13 N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

May 14 N.Y. Mets, 2:10 p.m.

May 15 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

May 16 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

May 17 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

May 18 at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

May 19 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

May 20 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

May 21 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

May 23 Toronto, 7:40 p.m.

May 24 Toronto, 1:10 p.m.

May 25 Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

May 26 Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

May 27 Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

May 28 Arizona, 2:10 p.m.

May 29 at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

May 30 at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

May 31 at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

June 1 at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

June 2 L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

June 3 L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

June 4 L.A. Dodgers, 2:10 p.m.

June 5 San Francisco, 7:40 p.m.

June 6 San Francisco, 7:40 p.m.

June 7 San Francisco, 8:10 p.m.

June 8 San Francisco, 2:10 p.m.

June 9 at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

June 10 at Arizona, 10:10 p.m.

June 11 at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

June 13 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

June 14 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

June 15 at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

June 16 San Diego, 8:10 p.m.

June 17 San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

June 18 San Diego, 2:10 p.m.

June 19 Pittsburgh, 7:40 p.m.

June 20 Pittsburgh, 7:40 p.m.

June 21 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

June 22 Pittsburgh, 2:10 p.m.

June 23 at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

June 24 at Atlanta, 4:10 p.m.

June 25 at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

June 27 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

June 28 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

June 29 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

June 30 Miami, 8:10 p.m.

July 1 Miami, 4:10 p.m.

July 2 Miami, 2:10 p.m.

July 3 Baltimore, 2:10 p.m.

July 4 Baltimore, 4:10 p.m.

July 5 Baltimore, 8:10 p.m.

July 7 at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

July 8 at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

July 9 at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

July 14 Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m.

July 15 Philadelphia, 7:10 p.m.

July 16 Philadelphia, 2:10 p.m.

July 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 18 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 19 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 20 at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

July 21 at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

July 22 at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

July 23 at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

July 25 at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

July 26 at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

July 27 at Washington, 12:05 p.m.

July 28 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

July 29 Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.

July 30 Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 1 St. Louis, 7:40 p.m.

Aug. 2 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 3 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 4 at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Aug. 5 at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Aug. 6 at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Aug. 7 at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 8 at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 9 Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 10 Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 11 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 12 Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Aug. 13 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 15 Pittsburgh, 7:40 p.m.

Aug. 16 Pittsburgh, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 18 at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Aug. 19 at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 20 at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Aug. 21 at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

Aug. 22 at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

Aug. 23 at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Aug. 25 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 26 at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

Aug. 27 at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Aug. 29 St. Louis, 7:40 p.m.

Aug. 30 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 31 Washington, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 1 Washington, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 2 Washington, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 3 Washington, 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 5 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Sept. 11 Pittsburgh, 7:40 p.m.

Sept. 12 Pittsburgh, 7:40 p.m.

Sept. 13 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 19 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 21 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 22 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 23 Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 24 Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 26 Cincinnati, 7:40 p.m.

Sept. 27 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 28 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 29 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Sept. 30 at St. Louis, 4:15 p.m.

Oct. 1 at St. Louis, 3:15 p.m.

Birders, brewers form flock

In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there’s a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings.

Tours and events aimed at attracting both beer nerds and bird enthusiasts are popping up all over the country, attracting bearded microbrew lovers, field-guide-wielding bird buffs and folks with a passion for both suds and sparrows. Bird-and-beer happenings are taking place from Los Angeles to Minneapolis to Hampton, New Hampshire.

Beer and bird hobbyists say they are united by their mutual love of minutiae, rarity and variety, whether searching for an Indian peafowl or a limited release of India pale ale.

Typically, the trips begin with a hike and end at a brewery.

One of the more successful tours is “Birds On Tap Roadtrip,” located in beer-loving, bird-rich Maine and now in its second year.

“There happen to be a lot of people who like birds who like beer — we’ve analyzed this,” said Derek Lovitch, who leads Birds On Tap Roadtrip tours. “And then, after the third or fourth pint, we really analyze this.”

Birds On Tap Roadtrip is coordinated by Freeport Wild Bird Supply, which is run by bird nut Lovitch and his wife, Jeannette. They partner with Maine Brew Bus, a lime green bus that shuttles people to the state’s many breweries and serves as a kind of Mystery Machine of Maine beer. The tours are $65 — libations are included, but binoculars are not.

This year’s slate of tours began in February and will run every several weeks until Dec. 11. Each trip has a theme, including “Surf and Suds,” which is a winter waterfowl tour, and “Grassland and Grains,” a late-spring search for sandpipers and sparrows on the Kennebunk Plains, a nature preserve.

This November’s tour was “Fall Ducks and Draughts,” a chilly march around Sabattus Pond on the hunt for waterbirds including hooded mergansers, common goldeneyes, buffleheads and green-wing teals. All were located, and the group of about a dozen hearty birders then departed by bus for trips to Baxter Brewing in Lewiston and Maine Beer Co. in Freeport.

The beer end of the trip was as successful as the bird bit. The group located a peregrine falcon resting on a steeple just outside Baxter after imbibing. At Maine Beer Company, the brewery was able to provide fresh glasses of Dinner, its sought-after double IPA.

Participants agreed there was no harm in having a lager along with the loons. (Though they actually saw only one loon.) Brandon Baldwin, 40, of Manchester, Maine, went with his mother, Carole Baldwin, 73, of Skowhegan, and said the trip appealed to both of them.

“She’s an avid birder who likes beer. I’m an avid beerer who likes birds,” he said. “It seemed like a perfect crossover.”

Bird-and-beer events sometimes take different forms. One, held on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, brought bird experts from the National Park Service to help people observe birds in an urban environment. Libations followed. In Minneapolis, a group called “Birds and Beers” gathers to brainstorm about secret hotspots and tips on how to take bird pictures using a digital scope.

Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, hosted a bird walk and brewery tour on the brewery’s own grounds. And in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, people met for a hiking and birding tour of Black Run Preserve in Evesham Township followed by tours of Berlin Brewing Co., Lunacy Brewing Co. and Flying Fish Brewery.

Some of the trips are organized by private companies and nature societies and others are the product of local meetup groups that form online. Prices vary from nothing to about the price of a pro football ticket.

Don Littlefield, a partner in the Maine Brew Bus company that hosts the Maine tour, said it has proved to be a way to make beer fans out of bird lovers — and vice versa.

“It allows us to reach another different demographic,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who are not necessarily there for the beer. They are there for the birds. And then there are others who are not there for the birds — they are there for the beer.”

Milwaukee Brewers 2016 schedule

Spring training season begins today. After a month of exhibition ball, the regular season opens in April. A look at the Milwaukee Brewers schedule:

April 4 San Francisco, 2:10 p.m.

April 5 San Francisco, 8:10 p.m.

April 6 San Francisco, 1:40 p.m.

April 8 Houston, 8:10 p.m.

April 9 Houston, 7:10 p.m.

April 10 Houston, 2:10 p.m.

April 11 at St. Louis, 4:15 p.m.

April 13 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

April 14 at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.

April 15 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

April 16 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

April 17 at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

April 18 at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

April 19 at Minnesota, 3:10 p.m.

April 20 Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

April 21 Minnesota, 3:40 p.m.

April 22 Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m.

April 23 Philadelphia, 7:10 p.m.

April 24 Philadelphia, 2:10 p.m.

April 26 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

April 27 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

April 28 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

April 29 Miami, 8:10 p.m.

April 30 Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 1 Miami, 2:10 p.m.

May 2 L.A. Angels, 7:20 p.m.

May 3 L.A. Angels, 8:10 p.m.

May 4 L.A. Angels, 1:40 p.m.

May 5 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

May 6 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

May 7 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

May 8 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

May 9 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 10 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 11 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 12 San Diego, 8:10 p.m.

May 13 San Diego, 8:10 p.m.

May 14 San Diego, 7:10 p.m.

May 15 San Diego, 2:10 p.m.

May 17 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

May 18 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

May 19 Chicago Cubs, 1:40 p.m.

May 20 at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

May 21 at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

May 22 at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

May 24 at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

May 25 at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

May 26 at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

May 27 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

May 28 Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

May 29 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

May 30 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

May 31 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

June 1 St. Louis, 1:40 p.m.

June 2 at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

June 3 at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

June 4 at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.

June 5 at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

June 7 Oakland, 8:10 p.m.

June 8 Oakland, 8:10 p.m.

June 9 N.Y. Mets, 8:10 p.m.

June 10 N.Y. Mets, 8:10 p.m.

June 11 N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

June 12 N.Y. Mets, 2:10 p.m.

June 13 at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

June 14 at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

June 15 at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

June 16 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

June 17 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

June 18 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

June 19 at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

June 21 at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

June 22 at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.

June 24 Washington, 8:10 p.m.

June 25 Washington, 4:10 p.m.

June 26 Washington, 2:10 p.m.

June 28 L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

June 29 L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

June 30 L.A. Dodgers, 2:10 p.m.

July 1 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

July 2 at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

July 3 at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

July 4 at Washington, 11:05 a.m.

July 5 at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

July 6 at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

July 8 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

July 9 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

July 10 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

July 15 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

July 16 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

July 17 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

July 19 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 20 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 21 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 22 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

July 23 Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.

July 24 Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m.

July 25 Arizona, 7:20 p.m.

July 26 Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

July 27 Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

July 28 Arizona, 2:10 p.m.

July 29 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

July 30 Pittsburgh, 7:10 p.m.

July 31 Pittsburgh, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 1 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 2 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 3 at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Aug. 5 at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Aug. 6 at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 7 at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Aug. 8 Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 9 Atlanta, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 10 Atlanta, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 11 Atlanta, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 12 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 13 Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Aug. 14 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 16 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Aug. 17 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Aug. 18 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Aug. 19 at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 20 at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

Aug. 21 at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Aug. 22 Colorado, 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 23 Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 24 Colorado, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 25 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 26 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 27 Pittsburgh, 7:10 p.m.

Aug. 28 Pittsburgh, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 29 St. Louis, 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 30 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 31 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 3 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Sept. 5 Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 6 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 7 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 8 at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 9 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Sept. 10 at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 11 at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Sept. 12 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Sept. 18 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Sept. 20 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 21 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 22 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 23 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 24 Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 25 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Oct. 2 at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Braun set for a new role with Brewers — mentor

For Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, this spring is offering him a chance to have a role he may not be all too familiar with.

A mentor.

“It’s weird to look around the room and realize I’m one of the oldest guys,” Braun said with a big smile Thursday. “It feels like just yesterday that I was the youngest guy. Certainly the role changes a little bit. It’s something I’m looking forward to.”

The 32-year-old Braun spoke of “youthful exuberance” in the clubhouse and the excitement for many players wearing Milwaukee uniforms for maybe the first time.

“A lot of guys are excited about their first opportunity to make a major league team,” Braun said. “There’s a lot of opportunity to earn playing time and for guys to make the team. There’s a lot of things to look forward to, and (being a mentor is) a role I look forward to.”

As for his health, Braun, who had back surgery in the offseason, said he feels good at this point and there are no “limitations.”

“I think the plan is to pace myself as far as when I get into a game, but not because there’s limitations, just to make sure that we take advantage of the fact that we are out here for six weeks,” Braun said.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell suggested he will “gradually increase” Braun’s at-bats and innings in exhibition games to the point of being able to play every day come April 4 when Milwaukee hosts the San Francisco Giants in the opener.

“Ryan is going to play opening day in Milwaukee. … I don’t think it’s as much a health issue as it is a workload issue on him,” Counsell said. “Quite honestly, if he was healthy, I might tell you the same thing. … He needs very few at-bats, and it’s in his best interest not to cross that threshold, in my opinion.”

Of the 58 players reporting to big league camp for the first full-squad workout, 33 were not in the organization at this time last year.

Two of those players include first baseman Chris Carter and third baseman Aaron Hill.

Carter, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Brewers in January, said the guys have been “really welcoming.”

“It’s just a matter of getting to know the new faces, and getting to know everyone’s name,” said Carter, who hit .199 with 24 home runs and 64 RBIs in 129 games for the Houston Astros last season.

For Carter, reps at first base will be important defensively for him, and making solid contact with the ball while at the plate.

As for Hill, who turns 34 on March 21, he comes to the Brewers after six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit .230 with 18 doubles, six home runs and 39 RBIs last year.

Counsell said earlier this week that Hill is the front-runner at third base, but will compete with non-roster invitee Will Middlebrooks and prospect Garin Cecchini.

Hill said he doesn’t bother himself with that, but rather tends to focus on doing his job.

“Me personally, I have a job to do, and that’s to go out and do the best that I can do. That should be everyone’s mindset,” Hill said. “No one in here likes the word rebuilding’ because our job is to go compete and leave it on the field.”

“So whatever ends up at the end of the year, wherever that puts us, that’s great, but a lot of these guys have a great opportunity this year and I hope we take full advantage of it.” he said.

Braun echoed his new teammate’s thought of 2016 being a “why not us” type year for the Brewers, instead of being labeled as “rebuilding.”

“We’re not breaking up a team that’s had a lot of success over the last few years. What we were doing wasn’t working, competing for third place is not a good thing. It’s not something anyone should be proud of,” Braun said.

Minor leaguer with Brewers franchise comes out as gay, makes baseball history

It had been a long day and night for David Denson, in so many ways.

His team had been swept in a doubleheader in the low-level Pioneer League, he didn’t have much luck hitting and he’d made a throwing error, too.

But it wasn’t a total loss.

As the 20-year-old Denson headed to the Helena Brewers’ clubhouse at Melaleuca Field late Saturday, a middle-aged fan of the opposing Idaho Falls Chukars approached and extended his hand.

“I’m proud of you,” the man said.

“Thank you,” Denson said.

Hours earlier, the Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer had become the first openly gay active player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The news broke in the middle of the second game, after he reached out to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell told his team about Denson’s story after its 4-2 win Saturday night over Philadelphia at Miller Park.

“It’s a very courageous move on his part to be the first one, the first active player to make this announcement,” Milwaukee star outfielder Ryan Braun said Sunday. “Hopefully, everybody is at a point where we can just be supportive, not just understanding, but accepting and supportive of him and his situation.”

In June, pitcher Sean Conroy of the Sonoma Stompers of the independent Pacific Association revealed he is gay. The Pacific Association is not affiliated with MLB. Denson’s coming out follows similar disclosures of late across sports: Michael Sam (NFL draftee); Jason Collins (NBA); Derrick Gordon and Edward Sarafin (NCAA basketball, football) and Dale Scott (major league umpire).

Several hours before Denson’s team played at Idaho Falls on Sunday, the Helena club said the first baseman-outfielder didn’t want to do further interviews for a few days.

“It’s a lot to take in right now,” Denson told the Idaho Falls Post-Register late Saturday night. “I’m a ballplayer first. That’s what I’m focusing on.”

When Counsell played in the majors, his agent was the same person who now represents Denson.

“I know David a little bit from going to see him in the minor leagues,” Counsell said. “I always looked out for him a little bit when I went to see him and had conversations with him. I’m happy for him more than anything.”

Denson was picked by Milwaukee in the 15th round of the 2013 draft from West Covina, California. He has split his time this year, starting and struggling at Wisconsin of the Class A Midwest League before being sent back to the rookie level Helena team.

Denson is hitting a combined .227 with five home runs and 26 RBIs this season. He homered earlier this month in the Northwest/Pioneer League All-Star game.

The first baseman and outfielder was 0 for 2 with two walks in a 6-5 loss on Sunday in Idaho Falls. He received a few claps before his first plate appearance.

MLB said Sunday that it backs Denson’s decision “to share his personal story and wishes him continued success with his goal of becoming a major leaguer.”

The league added that is “very proud” of the Brewers organization and this disclosure represents a “tremendous example of baseball’s desire to give every player the opportunity to play at their very best.”

The Brewers lauded Denson as a “highly respected member” of their family and “a very courageous young man.”

General manager Doug Melvin said in the statement: “Our goal for David is to help develop him into a major league player, just as it is for any player in our system, and we will continue to support him in every way as he chases that dream.”

Said Counsell: “I just wish him the best of luck trying to become a major league baseball player.”

“It’s not easy becoming a major league baseball player,” he said. “It certainly hasn’t been easy dealing with everything he’s had to deal with up to this point. Hopefully, this kind of gets something for himself out of the way that can allow all his talents to shine through.”

Denson came out with the help of Billy Bean, MLB’s first Ambassador for Inclusion. Bean disclosed he was gay after his playing career in the majors.

“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” Denson told the Journal Sentinel. “They said, “You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’

“That was a giant relief for me,” he added. “I never wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It just happened. The outcome was amazing. It was nice to know my teammates see me for who I am, not my sexuality.”

Braun said he would root for Denson and welcome him as a teammate.

“Hopefully, he’s strong enough to deal with everything that comes with it,” he said. “Obviously, he’ll get plenty of support, but I’m sure there will be plenty of challenging situations for him as well.”

“In sports specifically, I do think we’re making progress. We’re certainly headed in the right direction. So, hopefully, that continues. Any time something like this occurs, I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he said.

Money ball | Public financing for the Bucks arena entails hidden costs

Polling shows that voters strongly oppose public funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena complex. Yet elected officials forge ahead with the project, which could put taxpayers on the hook in myriad ways that lie buried beneath piles of hype and denial.

New Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wesley Edens and Jamie Dinan have pledged $150 million to the project and former owner Herb Kohl has pledged $100 million. The new owners now are pressuring elected officials to contribute at least $250 million from taxpayers to complete the complex, which will cost at least $500 million, according to estimates.

But throw in financing costs, tax incentives, property-tax exemptions and other freebies, and the public could be on the hook for up to $1 billion in subsidies.

While the owners promise Milwaukee residents pie-in-the-sky rewards in the form of  increased economic activity and more jobs, the payoff equation is lopsided. The new venue would handsomely reward the Bucks, a for-profit business, with free rent and a large percentage of every dollar collected from all enterprises located within the expansive proposed complex (in 2014, the Bucks received 41.6  percent). But the taxpayers, who would bear the lion’s share of expenses, would receive no ownership stake in the team — a detail that belies the project’s billing as “public-private partnership.” This “partnership” entails  taxpayers investing in a rapidly depreciating asset (a building) that supports a greatly appreciating asset (a major-league franchise). 

City, county costs

The Bucks want the city and county to kick in from $50 million to $100 million in direct cash, free land and buildings and other subsidies. The county has indicated it would donate vacant Park East land. The proposed arena site, which is due north of the Bucks’ current home, is on vacant BMO Harris Bradley Center land, which already is owned by the public. (The Bradley Center owns almost all the land between North Fourth and Sixth Streets and State Street to Juneau Avenue.)

Mayor Tom Barrett recently proposed giving the Bucks additional land — the former Sydney Hih site — at Third Street and Juneau Avenue, valued at $1.1 million. He’s also proposed providing infrastructure support worth $17.5 million through a tax-incremental financing district and a block-long, multi-use parking complex.

That 980-space parking structure generated $920,000 in parking revenue last year for the city. It’s in a prime location — directly across from the new arena site and next to the tony Moderne residential high-rise and a dining/nightclub district. It includes two large storefronts. The city built the structure in 1988, reportedly for $25 million, and officials say it’s meticulously maintained and debt-free.

But a proposed Bucks plan shows the parking complex demolished and redeveloped. Replacement parking facilities would be built elsewhere, adding to arena costs.

The city would forgo the nearly $1 million in annual income that it currently receives from the existing facility.

The parking garage offers an excellent case in point of how ever-increasing taxpayer subsidies have crept into the project. The Bucks proposal encompasses 27 acres, nearly twice the Bradley Center’s current footprint. But the city-owned parking complex is not needed for an expanded arena footprint, when there’s vast undeveloped acreage both west and north of the proposed arena site, much of it already publicly owned by the Bradley Center. The value of that public land is not even mentioned as part of taxpayers’ contributions.

Gov. Scott Walker wants the new arena to follow the model of the Bradley Center — a state-owned facility managed by a  tax-exempt authority. That would cost an estimated $450 million over 30 years in  lost property taxes, according to a report by Bruce Murphy in Urban Milwaukee. The public also may well end up covering ongoing management costs and maintenance shortfalls. The city currently pays the Bradley Center $175,000 annually for its upkeep and state taxpayers have paid $10 million for arena repairs since 2009.

Lease terms give the Bucks a share of every concession, along with catering, suite leases and merchandise sales for all arena events, not just Bucks games. In fiscal 2014, the Bradley Center paid the Bucks $4.7 million on gross revenues of $11.3million. The Bucks also receive any Bradley Center surpluses, while the public authority struggles to cover deficits (and has not kept up).

As a mechanism for funneling state money into the project, Walker has proposed issuing $220 million in state bonds. Legislators believe the governor’s plan ultimately will cost $380 million after tacking on interest. They propose limiting bonding to $150 million.

‘Stars in their eyes’

Even when subsidies are disguised and direct taxes avoided, economists say that public financing is nearly always a losing proposition. Nonetheless, for myriad reasons, municipalities continue the handouts. 

Hope and hype that an arena will spur more nearby development were expressed when the Bradley Center was built in 1988. Mostly, that did not happen, although downtown development has been booming since the recession ended. 

Now Lasry and Edens, who are big-time real estate developers, say they will invest in private development, including a nearby team practice facility. A 2013 City of Milwaukee report noted that sports economist Andrew Zimbalist warns “professional sports have been historically unreliable when it comes to making such local investments.”

Although cities often provide tax incentives to businesses to encourage redevelopment, subsidies often take many years to be recouped. In contrast, huge sports-venue footprints exempted from property taxes deplete a budget permanently. And, it’s not uncommon for taxpayers to pay much more for a sports venue than is initially negotiated (as, famously, with Miller Park). Some cities are still paying for sports palaces when they’re being pressured to replace them.

Journalist Neil deMause, co-author of Field of Schemes, a book and website about sports-venue funding, reports that one reason governments keep giving sports teams sweetheart deals is that public officials are completely outmaneuvered when negotiating with pro-sports reps. Basically, teams ask for the moon, knowing they can always backtrack.

However, public officials often simply acquiesce, surprising even hard-bargaining owners. Jim Nagourney, a 30-year negotiator of sports-venue deals, told deMause that cities are “always poorly represented” and often “get stars in their eyes.”  In the “most scandalous” deal Nagourney helped negotiate, he told deMause, “We put in all these ridiculous things and the city (St. Louis) did not have the sense to say no to any of them.” Nagourney says this always happens, because cities use in-house attorneys to negotiate these deals. Team officials understand all the issues and where the money is — concessions, advertising, TV rights and so on — while city attorneys do not. 

Teams threatening to leave town has become a routine bargaining chip, even though teams rarely follow through with the threat, according to deMause’s decades-long research of sports venues. DeMause calls it extortion and says the gambit works very effectively, since cities do not call team owners’ bluffs.

In Milwaukee’s case, Bucks owners keep dangling the NBA’s threat of relocating the team. Seattle is reportedly eager to get another NBA team. DeMause says that politicians’ fear of losing a team usually trumps public opposition and empirical data by economists.

Politicians often go to great lengths to get new sports venues financed. For example, in a deal negotiated in 1996 by former Brewers owner and MLB Commissioner “Bud” Selig, the City of Milwaukee agreed to give $1 million annually to Miller Park. This payout continues, even though the city receives no property taxes from the stadium, the Brewers or any ancillary enterprises, including parking and franchised restaurants. 

Many economists assert that team owners should finance their own new digs. The owners of several teams, including the San Francisco Golden State Warriors, are doing just that.

Some NBA teams are now valued at $2 billion and stratospheric TV deals will reportedly make every NBA team worth at least $1 billion within a decade. With those numbers, why aren’t government leaders demanding that Bucks owners invest much more, if not the full freight? And why not ask Herb Kohl to donate more? He bought the team for $18 million in 1985 and profited from free rent and eye-popping revenue shares before selling it last year for $550 million. Other arena tenants, including Marquette University and AHL’s Admirals, pay hefty rent — in MU’s case, it’s $20,000 per game.

Mayor Barrett has offered to relinquish at least $1 million a year in parking and ownership of prime real estate. However, that lost revenue may soon be forgotten (out of sight, out of mind), and thus not become a source of annoyance to city officials who have to make up for it. As long as public subsidies are not paid outright in cash, they’re easier to rationalize and accept. But the public costs are the same.

A 2013 report by the City of Milwaukee’s Legislative Reference Bureau noted “proponents of public financing for sports venues have often abandoned the ‘economic impact’ argument and contended the value of sports venues is the added prestige gained by the host city from having a professional sports team in town.”

Just don’t try to take that warm-and-fuzzy feeling to the bank.

Thumbs-down on state arena funding

Only 17 percent of Wisconsin voters back proposed state funding of $150 million to support a new arena complex for the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a recent Marquette University Law School poll. In the Milwaukee metro area, opposition to the funding stands at 67 percent, compared with 88 percent of residents outside of Milwaukee.

For the record

“The highest-cost (stadium) deals include Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, where the National Football League’s Colts play; Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, home of the Bengals; and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park in baseball. In those cases, the public share of costs, once ongoing expenses are included, exceeds 100 percent of the building’s original price tag.”

— Aaron Kuriloff, quoted in Bloomberg News reviewing Public/Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilitiesby Judith Grant Long.

Season is brewing

Opening day at Miller Park is on April 6, with the Brewers taking on the Rockies in an afternoon game.

The Brewers open the season with a six-game home stand — first Colorado, then Pittsburgh.

With spring training coming to a close and the season soon to start, Public Policy Polling, a national progressive polling firm, turned its attention from politics to athletics. The polling firm found that 64 percent of Wisconsinites identify as Brewers fans. About 8 percent admit they are fans of the Chicago Cubs, but no other Major League team gets above 3 percent in the state.

About 66 percent of Brewers fans think the team still will be on the field in October and 24 percent think the team will reach the World Series. Expectations are lower than before the 2014 season, when about 80 percent of Brewers fans expected to watch their team playing for the championship.

PPP also found:

• Aaron Rodgers continues to be the most popular figure in Wisconsin, with 79 percent of voters in the state having a favorable opinion of the Packers quarterback. Apparently the only Wisconsin favorites more popular than Rodgers are Wisconsin cheese (80 percent favorability) and Wisconsin beer (65 percent favorability).

• Badgers fans don’t have much use for departed football coaches. Gary Andersen has a 15 percent favorability rating with the school’s fan base and Bret Bielema is at 17 percent.

• About 52 percent of those in the state identify as University of Wisconsin-Madison fans; 14 percent fans of UW-Green Bay, 8 percent fans of Marquette and 5 percent fans of UW-Milwaukee.

Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity

A group of brawny, bearded brewers from the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, area has posed mostly nude for a calendar that is raising money for charity.

The 2015 Brew Men Calendar features 11 brewing professionals from 3 Sheeps Brewing, 8th Street Ale Haus and Plymouth Brewing Co. Proceeds from the calendar, which can be bought online or at various bars, grocers and liquor stores in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, will be donated to the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer.

Unsurprisingly, the idea came about when they were enjoying a few beers. After Kurt Jensen, owner of 8th Street Ale Haus, began talking to some of his brewing buddies about doing charity work, the group of beer-lovers eventually came up with something similar to a swimsuit calendar.

Grant Pauly, founder of 3 Sheeps, said he hopes the calendars will raise awareness and stimulate conversations about men’s health, he told Sheboygan Press Media.

“I was down in Chicago when someone who saw the group photo on our Facebook page came up to me and we ended up having a 20 minute conversation,” he said.

The photos were shot in early October by a professional photographer who doubles as a beer enthusiast. Each month of the calendar depicts a different step of the brewing process.

Jensen said convincing the guys to take off their clothes for a good cause was easier than he expected, and Pauly agreed.

“Putting the calendar together, that was pretty easy,” said Pauly. “We have the most difficult part ahead; getting the word out.”

The calendar marks the first fundraising effort of Brewers Against Bad Things, a group that Pauly and Jensen recently founded to raise money for charitable causes.

Brewers unveil new statue of iconic announcer Bob Uecker

It didn’t take long for Bob Uecker to make a lap-dance joke about the newest statue unveiled of him at Miller Park.

This was after Hall of Famer Robin Yount, speaking to a pre-game crowd of guests and press gathered on the infield, looked around the stadium and said, “This is unbelievable. 50,000 empty seats. What a ceremony.”

The play-by-play announcer of the Brewers since 1971, Uecker’s career was built on winking and sometimes ribald self-deprecation. He was honored today with a 700-pound bronze depicting him seated at the highest point behind home plate, “where no human dares to go,” as emcee Bill Schroeder, himself a former Brewer and now-announcer, put it.

That Uecker’s statue (there’s already one of him in front of Miller Park by the same Ohio sculptor) is barely visible behind girders at the stadium’s highest reaches is a reference to one of baseball’s longest-running jokes. It refers to a series of Miller Lite ads in which an unaware Uecker thinks, “I must be in the front row,” because of his status as a former big leaguer. But, of course, he’s actually placed far, far away.

Uecker’s broadcast stint followed a middling baseball career that began with the hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1956. His jokes and writing about his on-field lack of success led him to the “Tonight Show,” “Major League” movies and other corners of popular culture.

Uecker is beloved not just by fans, but by current and former Brewers players.

Before Friday’s ceremony began, the legends of the Brewers lone pennant team, the 1982 American League winners, milled around on the Miller Park field commiserating.

Asked for a favorite story, Jim Gantner, Rollie Fingers and Gorman Thomas rolled their eyes and chortled.

“There’s about 600 of them,” Thomas said.

Yount joked about a drunken romp in Detroit where Uecker marched several of the players military-fashion a few blocks down a highway, accompanied by cops who he also ordered in line.

“He’s the kind of guy that gets away with things,” Yount said.

Fingers cryptically noted a story about “a cowboy bar and a juke box.” He also made a crack about all the honors rolling in for Uecker.

“He’s got two statues and a plaque, and he only hit 14 major-league home runs,” Finger said.

Uecker joked that he originally turned down the statue in the far upper deck because, “I was under the impression they would want me to work from up there.”

As he spoke, you could see the affection for him on the faces in the crowd, including current Brewers and coaching staff getting ready for their game with the Cubs.

On the scoreboard, some short videos paid tributes to him from Jason Bateman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Morgan Freeman that were jokey. Kevin Costner sounded the only serious note, saying that beneath the schtick of Uecker, there lies the “poetry” of baseball.

Indeed, it’s not been all laughs for Uecker lately. Several health scares and his approaching 80th birthday have limited his traveling.

Talking to the press after the ceremony and before he went up to the statue to crack some more jokes, he acknowledged, with a touch of nostalgia, “I know someday I am going to have to stop this.”

Shot and left for dead, Sadie is now a champion for animal welfare

Before Hank, there was Sadie. 

Hank was found wandering around the Brewers’ spring training facility in Arizona with an injured tail and markings on his leg suggesting a car-related injury. The Brewers rescued the pooch, and in return he seems to have rallied the team and its fans. After a forgettable season last year, the Brewers began 2014 with a standing ovation for Hank and nine straight wins.

Sadie was less fortunate, but her rehabilitation has been all the more inspiring because of it. She was found in the woods of Kentucky with a bullet hole between her eyes and a bullet and shrapnel lodged in her spine. Someone had shot the doe-eyed, 5-year-old dog and left her paralyzed and doomed to die a slow, torturous death.

“It was a failed execution,” said Joal Derse-Dauer, the dog’s adopted human companion. “They just left her for dead. I guess they figured, ‘Why waste another bullet when she’ll be dead by morning.’” 

Through an unlikely series of events, Sadie’s fate and that of Muskego resident Derse-Dauer have become entwined. The two are on an astonishing journey to raise awareness of animal cruelty and the horror of puppy mills, which Derse-Dauer believes are responsible for the kind of cruelty Sadie suffered: She had given birth to a litter of puppies not long before her shooting. Derse-Dauer later learned that puppy mills in Southern states commonly dispose of breeding females in this manner.

Sadie’s path

Sadie’s path almost crossed Hank’s at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport in March. On the same day that Hank flew into Milwaukee from Arizona on Southwest Airlines, Sadie returned to Milwaukee via Southwest from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where she was filming an episode of The Balancing Act for Lifetime TV. The program airs on May 1.

Sadie and Derse-Dauer travel frequently around the country to advocate for tougher regulation of dog breeders, as well as for the rights of people with disabilities. This year, Sadie went to both the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

She’s also a spokes-puppy for Goofurr, a product that mixes with pills to get uncooperative felines to take their medication.

Derse-Dauer would like to find additional corporate sponsors.

Sadie’s journey from puppy factory to animal-welfare activist began at the end of April 2012, when animal-lover Derse-Dauer, who currently has two dogs and two cats, dropped by a local animal shelter to donate blankets. She was about to leave when Sadie’s large brown eyes caught her attention. Derse-Dauer asked a volunteer about the dog’s story.

The volunteer recounted how someone had brought Sadie to Wisconsin, specifically because the state has no-kill shelters, and left her there. At the time, Sadie was paralyzed and incontinent. 

“I scooped her up and took her to a few doctors, who gave Sadie a grim prognosis,” Derse-Dauer says on her website savingsadie.com. Two veterinarians encouraged her to put Sadie to sleep.

But Derse-Dauer saw life in Sadie’s eyes, she said on a recent visit to WiG’s office. She took Sadie to a vet who removed the bullet from her brain, and together she and the dog embarked on an intensive — and expensive — regimen of rehabilitation that involves a lot of alternative medicine.

Sadie undergoes daily exercise and physical therapy, including swimming, acupuncture, aqua puncture, laser treatments, chiropractic sessions, e-stim therapy, Power Plate therapy, cutting-edge stem-cell therapy and many other techniques.

“She takes a shoe box of supplements every day — but no drugs,” Derse-Dauer said. 

“I just check out every single avenue I can. I don’t care how far-fetched it is.”

Sadie has surprised veterinarians with her miraculous progress. She’s no longer incontinent, and although she still can’t walk without assistance, there’s evidence of nerve regeneration in her hind legs.

Except for refusing to use a wagon that functions as a wheelchair, Sadie cooperates fully in her recuperative activities, Derse-Dauer said. She’s alert, happy and active, with a tail that’s constantly wagging. She evinces no sign of pain or repercussions of the abuse she suffered.

Since Sadie is quite possibly the only dog to have ever undergone such intensive treatment, her long-term prognosis is unknown. But for now, she’s clearly a contented, active and loving dog, with an uncanny air of calmness and knowing eyes. So long as Sadie continues to thrive, Derse-Dauer will continue supporting her in every way possible, she said, even though the cost and scheduling involved have radically altered her life. Derse-Dauer is a consultant to companies that are downsizing.

Derse-Dauer acknowledged that many people have questioned the sanity of her quest and the toll it’s taken on the two of them. Derse-Dauer bristles at the notion that Sadie is somehow suffering or feels incomplete.

“She’s not a poor thing,” Derse-Dauer said, glancing down at Sadie, who responded by lovingly narrowing her eyes and wagging her tail. “Her personality is lively and animated. She flies down the stairs in the morning. When the plane lands, she looks out the window. She will not sit down in my car. She wants to soak in life. She takes half an hour to eat a bowl of food. She savors every bite.”

Moral dimensions

Mohandas Gandhi said that the “greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Angela Speed, director of communications of the Wisconsin Humane Society, agrees.

“Animal abuse reflects the health of the whole community,” she said. 

Behavioral researchers also agree: Several major studies have found that people who are cruel to animals are also far more likely to commit violent acts against people, especially women and children.

Fortunately, animal abuse is relatively rare in Milwaukee, Speed said. For example, the recent case of a dog named Beatrice who was set on fire in Milwaukee made the news precisely because such incidents are infrequent, she said.

“We do see a lot of neglect” however, Speed acknowledged. “A lot of pets don’t have proper care or training. We respond to calls where they’ve been left outside in the cold or in the heat in dangerous conditions.”

A Wisconsin statute classifies cruelty that results in mutilation, disfigurement or death of an animal as a Class I felony, punishable by up to three and a half years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Animal welfare advocates, including Derse-Dauer, seek to enhance the penalty.

Wisconsin also has a law that sets standards and regulates dog breeders. Act 90, passed in 2009, was the last piece of legislation to receive unanimous approval by the Legislature. The compassionate care afforded dogs in the state makes Wisconsin’s wolf-hunting laws, which are considered the most barbaric in the nation (see story, page 14), all the more startling. The Wisconsin Humane Society is part of a lawsuit to overturn a GOP-backed law permitting domestic dogs to be used in the state’s annual wolf slaughter.

Recognizing not only the immorality of animal abuse, but also the danger it represents to society, the City of Milwaukee has created a task force to coordinate training so that anti-abuse laws are enforced. The group, which includes representatives from the Wisconsin Humane Society, the district attorney’s office, the city attorney’s office, the Department of Neighborhood Services and the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, meets every other month.

Jill Kline, education and advocacy manager for the Wisconsin Humane Society, said the task force was successful last year in updating Milwaukee’s animal control ordinance to criminalize the possession of dog-fighting paraphernalia and to make it illegal to be a spectator at dog-fighting events and to keep animals in garages, sheds and vacant structures. 

The updated ordinance made it mandatory for the owner of an animal that’s been designated as dangerous to have a microchip inserted into the animal for identification purposes. Another change was enhanced penalties for second and subsequent violations of dog- and cat-licensing requirements, animal-cruelty prohibition and animal fighting.

Kline said it’s important for people to contact elected officials and urge them to support laws that promote animal welfare. She urges people to report animal abuse they witness to law-enforcement agencies.

“The way we treat animals is critical to our social fabric and the safety of our communities,” Kline said. “We’re glad to live in a county where people take these concerns seriously.”

Do you know?

• 76 percent of animal abusers also abuse a family member, according to a study conducted by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

• Adult males convicted of animal cruelty are five times as likely to commit violent crimes against children and acts of domestic violence.

• 71 percent of battered women report that their pets have been threatened, harmed or killed by their abusive partners.

• South Dakota recently became the 50th state to adopt felony-level charges for animal cruelty. 

How to contribute

You can contribute to Sadie’s care at the website savingsadie.com or by sending a check to Saving Sadie, P.O. Box 413, Muskego, WI 53150. Joal Derse-Dauer says that “every penny donated goes toward Sadie’s rehabilitation,” which costs about $20,000 annually.

On the Web: savingsadie.com