EAGLE RIVER - This year's early snow has made it easier for resorts to stay busy.
So far, the Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River has seen a 40 percent increase in visitors compared to this time last year.
Late snowfall last year hurt business.
Tammy Schmidt is the Wild Eagle Lodge Assistant Resort Manager.
"Without the snowfall last year it was extremely difficult. The trails were in poor condition, luckily this year, the snow mobile trails are in great condition and the Snow Eagles do a fantastic job of grooming the trails and keeping them in fantastic shape," said Schmidt.
Wild Eagle Lodge still has rooms available, but the increase is good for business.
The snow offers visitors a lot more to do.
"That's why people come up to the Northwoods. And with this kind of weather, everything is going really well," said Schmidt. "Ice fishing has been fantastic, snowshoeing, cross-country skiers are out there, and again the snow mobile trails are in great condition. So, we are very happy to have snow this year."
The Wild Eagle Lodge also has an ice skating rink for its guests.
Managers say the cold temperatures have kept visitors excited about being outdoors.
EAGLE RIVER - The Vilas County Humane Society director says the dog's injuries were severe.
The injuries could have been avoided by a inexpensive collar around the dog's neck. Instead, the dog suffered his injuries from an makeshift collar that became embedded in his skin.
Jennifer Primich is the director of the Vilas County Humane Society. She says it was the worst abuse she's seen in 16 years.
"In this case it was somebody's homemade collar possibly. Not sure the reasoning, but there was duct tape, electrical tape and either a rope or gauze like substance that was all embedded in his neck," said Jennifer Primich, the humane society director. "That's been like for that quite a while because the infection, this puss, the skin growing through and trying to heal, it was pretty deep."
The dog was treated at the Eagle River Animal Hospital for his injuries. Veterinarians has to sedate the dog to repair the gash that left three inches of his skin bare.
The humane society says people should think carefully before adopting an animal.
"Please think about it, it's a lifetime commitment. You have to remember all [this animal] has is you. You're responsible for it, for life," said Primich. "If you cannot take care of it, nobody frowns upon you if your lifestyle changes or anything, but don't get them for selfish reasons to make yourself feel better. They rely on you. They have nothing else in this life and they didn't get to choose their owner."
The Vilas County Humane Society says it's still looking for a name for the ten month old puppy.
You can visit their Facebook page to make a name suggestion.
No word yet if this will be an animal cruelty case.
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