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Friends of Animals (FOA)
City of Cloquet to Discuss Friends of Animals Breach of Agreement
Marvin Pirila, Northland Watch

April 17, 2018

In a Request for Council Action, City Administrator Aaron Reeves, provides an explanation on how the joint agreement between the city and FOA was breached.  The Friends of Animals (FOA) refused to board a dangerous dog after its involvement in an incident.  The city states that they pay FOA $31,000 a year per the agreement to board animals.


FOA, he writes, no longer provide Animal Control services per the agreement.  FOA sent the city a cancellation notice of their existing agreement and requested a new one with new provisions.  The new provisions would change the current rate of boarding dogs from roughly $25/day and cats, $20/day to $52/day for either.  Whereas the Police Department says it brought 23 animals over the past year, FOA says it has taken in over 200.  The city feels that is an unrealistic number for a city of their size and have requested that FOA explain the change in open hours, state the number of animals it turned away, and provide documentation of the work performed by the FOA Animal Control Officer over the past year.


The city has stopped all payments applicable to the agreement and reached out to Animal Allies in Hermantown for possible impound services.  In meeting with representatives from Animal Allies, the city learned that FOA had been turning away numerous animals from Cloquet and Carlton County and sending them to their facility.  The city is now planning contract discussions with the board of Animal Allies for impounding services.


The City Administrator does not recommend staying with FOA for boarding of animals at $52/day.  The city staff recommends an agreement with Animal Allies for impounding services and assigning the Police Department the duties of the Animal Control Officer.  As a last resort, he suggests rescinding the City Code dealing with animals such as those running at large or strays as they cannot enforce it without an available impound facility.


The matter will come before the city council on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7 p.m.

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