Northland veterinarian says no need for new Superior Animal Shelter

By KBJR News 1

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen's decision to forego the construction of a new Animal Shelter has spurred hot debate in his community.

Monday night, a Veterinarian who operates a low cost spay and neuter clinic in the Twin Ports is supporting the mayor's decision.

To save taxpayers money Mayor Hagen has decided to close the city's shelter and ask the council for permission to contract stray animal services with Duluth.

Dr. Amada Bruce who once advocated for a new shelter says it is no longer necessary.

She says the actual numbers for stray cats and dogs in Superior has dropped significantly.

"All the animals in need of adoption, so all of the dogs and cats, for the entire Twin Ports in 2013 was the same number of animals that Duluth alone needed adoption for in 2010. So we should be celebrating tonight that our animal community is doing dramatically better than it was five years ago when we started this conversation," said Bruce.

Superior residents who were at the gathering at the public library are encouraging people to attend Tuesday night's city council meeting to show their support for a new shelter.

They will ask the council to turn down the Mayor's proposal.

Elsa Robins