Superior residents concerned over future of animal shelter

By KBJR News 1

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- Some residents of Superior are speaking out regarding their concerns over the Mayor's recent decision to close the city's animal shelter.

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen has decided that as of May 1, the Superior Animal Shelter will close because it's more cost effective for taxpayers.

The original plan was to build a new $2 million dollar animal shelter that would cost taxpayers $250,000 a year in operational costs.
But Mayor Hagen says that's more than the city can afford.
His alternative proposal calls for Superior to pay Duluth to care for Superior's stray animals at a cost of $100,000 a year.

The city will also help Superior residents, who can't take care of their animals, by paying for their surrender fees.

Some Superior residents say they feel betrayed by the Mayor's decision and are worried for the animals.

"Animals have no voice. We have to be their voice. If their voice is silenced and they leave Superior we don't have any flags on them to know where they're going. If Animal Allies is full, they can't take them, then what? Where are they gonna go?" said Deanna Fetters.

"I've been around animals. I know animals and Just knowing that they're gonna be with nowhere to live and freeze to death, I see pictures on Facebook of animals that are harmed, and it makes me so angry," said Denise DeVogel.

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

If they vote that plan down the mayor says they'll 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