Animal Allies withdrawing from Superior Animal Shelter Project

By KBJR News 1

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The future of Animal Allies is up in the air with the City of Superior.

The humane society terminated its agreement to serve as manager over the city's Animal Shelters, putting the city in a predicament over the care of the animals and a new shelter

After a near five year partnership, Animal Allies has withdrawn it's involvement with the City of Superior's new and current animal shelters.

" We just decided that to let the project move forward perhaps even more quickly that if Animal Allies steps back and lets the city of Superior go with what their vision leads them to," said Rick Sailstad, Executive Director of Animal Allies.

In a letter to Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen, Animal Allies says they were drawn to the involvement in a project for a new animal shelter in Superior by the opportunity to help establish and operate a Superior Douglas County adoption Center consistent with their mission. However, the letter states the City of Superior's decision for the new shelter to serve as a stray "hold only" shelter differs greatly from the facility design that Animal Allies initially agreed too.

"We respect the city's right to do what they need to do within the limitations they have put upon them," said Sailstad

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen says he is somewhat surprised at Animal Allies decision to pull out. He says the animal shelter matter has struggled a long time and has been frustrating, but needs to be resolved. According to Hagen, the city is now working with the Douglas County Humane Society on a different option for a shelter.

"We're gonna have a stray, a hold, and an adoption ability whether the adoption is through the facility or its contracted out," said Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen.

The facility agreement with Animal Allies would have been a county wide shelter that would have cost nearly three million dollars to build. Hagen says the city needs to build what they can afford, and that is where the breakdown occurred.

"We don't have the money for it and more than that, we don't have the operational sustainability costwise to serve that type of facility," said Hagen.

Animal Allies will continue to assist the city of Superior until April 30
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Mayor Hagen would like to see a plan for the new animal shelter set in stone before spring construction season.

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