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Duluth shelter may extend contract for Cloquet strays

The tale of the Humane Society and the city continues.

With the closure of the Cloquet-based Friends of Animals Humane Society, there is now no local facility to take strays. Duluth's Animal Allies Humane Society, which has been taking Cloquet's stray animals since the contract between the city and FOA ended in April, previously told the city it could not continue taking Cloquet's strays.

However, City Administrator Aaron Reeves reported to the council Wednesday, Aug. 8, that Animal Allies has now indicted it would be willing to extend its contract with the city of Cloquet to the end of the year. Reeves said he wanted to evaluate the past three months before making a recommendation to council, noting that a different Humane Society said it would possibly be willing to open up a satellite shelter here if it were provided a better facility.

Therefore, the council tabled changes to the city's animal control ordinance until its Aug. 21 meeting.

As proposed, the tabled ordinance would amend the city code definition of "running at large" to apply only to animals causing damage to property or injury to people other than its owners while at large. It would also change the requirement for licensing through the city to a requirement that any pet have an ID tag or microchip.

The future of FOA and its remodeled facility is still an unknown, as several different entities are working together to try to come up with a workable solution for the humane society and the problem of stray animals in Carlton County.