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Humane society will manage Superior animal shelter

Superior’s animal shelter comes under new management starting May 1.

The way the shelter will operate is going to change, however.

The Superior City Council on Wednesday approved an eight-month contract with the Humane Society of Douglas County to operate the city-owned shelter on Hill Avenue as a stray hold facility to allow pet owners a chance to recover lost animals. After seven days, the mandatory period for holding animals, unclaimed animals will be transferred to the society’s shelter in South Range to be placed for adoption.

Animals that have to be surrendered must be taken to the South Range facility.

Only under duress will the Humane Society accept surrendered pets at the Hill Avenue shelter, said Marcy Barby, Humane Society of Douglas County treasurer. She said plans for operating the facility on Hill Avenue include having the shelter open — possibly from 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. — to give pet owners the opportunity to reclaim pets before and after work hours.

Councilor Mick MacKenzie, a longtime advocate for a new shelter in Superior, thanked the society for stepping up to care for Superior’s animals. While MacKenzie is stepping down from the council after Wednesday night’s meeting, he will continue to serve on a committee working on the design for Superior’s soon-to-be constructed animal shelter.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay the Humane Society of Douglas County $88,000 for the interim agreement. The first $44,000 is payable when the organization takes over management of Superior’s animal care May 1. The second installment is due Sept. 1. The city also maintains responsibility for utilities and major repairs of the Hill Avenue facility.

In exchange, HSDC will provide all necessary care for stray animals dropped off at the facility, provide well-publicized hours of operation so pet owners can reclaim strays and maintain records for animals put up for adoption.