Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen proposes to close Superior Animal Shelter

By KBJR News 1

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- Following Animal Allies decision earlier this year to withdraw from Superior's animal shelters, the city's animal shelter demanded answers from Mayor Bruce Hagen.

The answer they got wasn't what they expected.

"As of May 1, we will not have shelter. It's more cost effective to bring the animals somewhere else," says Misty Dalton, Superior Shelter Manager.

Mayor Hagen had expressed excitement about the possibility of a new shelter, but says after weighing the options - he has a new proposal.

Team up with the city of Duluth to care for Superior's stay animals, all in an effort to save tax payer money.

"Do you want us to spend two and a half million dollars or two million dollars to build it and charge you 200-thousand dollars a year to operate a facility that you're going to be paying for the next 30 years or 15 years or do you want us to budget 100-thousand dollars give or take to provide the very same services?," says Mayor Bruce Hagen.

Mayor Hagen says the animal population in the shelter has gone down, and without a county wide shelter, the numbers didn't add up.

The shelter's manager says the Mayor's decision which will leave ten people without a job and many wondering about the future of the animals.

"There's so many people that are losing such a wonderful thing that we have in Superior. It's disappointing for the animals, we take amazing care of our animals and we won't have that anymore," says Misty Dalton.

Mayor Hagen is apologetic, but says they are employees of Animal Allies which chose not to save the shelter.

He stresses the city will help those who can't take care of their animals.

"You surrender the dog at the humane society or the animal allies and if there's a fee, we'll take care of it. we'll recognize the inability of some people not to be able to do that," says Hagen.

Mayor Hagen wants to make clear that no animals will be left behind or killed

The City Council is expected to vote on the issue at Tuesday night's meeting.

If they vote down the issue, Hagen says they will have to figure something out fast because as of May 1, the city will have no shelter.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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