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Council weighs animal care agreement with HSDC

When the Superior City Council meets Wednesday, councilors consider an agreement to ensure care for the city’s stray animals when Animal Allies contract expires at the end of April.

The mayor is recommending the council adopt an agreement reached with the Humane Society of Douglas County. Two weeks ago, the council amended a proposal from Mayor Bruce Hagen that would have had Superior negotiating with the city of Duluth to negotiate instead with the nonprofit that serves rural Douglas County.

City administration has reached an agreement with HSDC that will continue to accept stray animals at the Hill Avenue shelter and accept surrendered animals at the humane society’s shelter at 3302 Humane Society Road in South Range, about two miles south of Superior, Hagen wrote in a memo to the council. The agreement already has been approved by the HSDC board, he stated.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city of Superior would pay HSDC $44,000 in May and again in September, to cover the cost of providing services. Those costs are already in this year’s city budget.

In exchange, the Humane Society of Douglas County will care for stray and surrendered animals from the city. Under the terms of the agreement, HSDC has use of the city facility to accept strays and other activities. After a mandatory seven-day holding period, animals not claimed by owners will be transferred to the humane society’s facility in South Range for adoption.

The city bears the expense for major repairs and utility costs of the Hill Avenue shelter, while HSDC covers the cost for cleaning and small repairs in addition to veterinary care for animals to be adopted.

According to the agreement, the Humane Society of Douglas County intends to manage the city’s new animal shelter when it is built.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 201 of the Government Center.