Superior City Council Approves Animal Shelter Plan

By KBJR News 1

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior City Council took action to allow the Humane Society of Douglas County to take over care of the animal shelter.

The agreement would ensure care for the city's stray animals through the HSDC when the Animal Allies contract expires at the end of April.

The city of Superior will pay the HSDC $44,000 in May and again in September to cover services provided.

Two weeks ago, the mayor advocated closing the shelter in Superior but then had a change of heart after an outcry from residents.
Tonight the mayor recommended the council adopt an agreement recently reached with the HSDC.
The plan calls for HSDC to accept strays at the Hill Avenue facility.
Adoptions and surrendered animals, however, will be taken at the county facility.

"It's a great way to provide, basically what the city needs, for those strays to be returned and saves a lot of money because we will not have to house, manage, and run the facilities in the exact same way." said Treasurer for Humane Society of Douglas County, Marcy Barby.

Expenses for major repairs and utility costs of the Hill Avenue shelter will be covered by the city, while HSDC covers the cost for cleaning and small repairs in addition to veterinary care for animals.

The HSDC plans to manage the city's new animal shelter when it is built.
Plans for a new shelter are expected to be rolled out sometime this summer.

The strays can be held up to seven days, but animals not claimed by owners will be transferred to the humane society's facility in South Range for adoption.

Bryce Henry