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Johnson County cities look to Cedar Rapids for animal services

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

The city-run Iowa City Animal Care Center had been the place Johnson County residents turned to bring in strays or drop off unwanted pets.

For many Johnson County communities that is no longer the case.

"Times have changed.  The economy has changed and we need people to pay for those services now," said Misha Goodman, director of Iowa City animal services.

Towns like North Liberty, Solon, and Tiffin are among those unwilling to pay their share of a soon-to-be-constructed new Iowa City shelter, effectively ending their animal services agreement with Iowa City.

"We have to operate and that costs money, so cities looked at that and decided whether they thought it was suitable for them or not," Goodman said.

The surrounding cities cite financial concerns as the reason for backing out and are now turning to the Cedar Valley Humane Society in Cedar Rapids instead.

The Cedar Rapids non-profit says it's able and willing to serve those communities in need.

"Our goal is to help as many people and as many animals not only in Linn County but beyond," said Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Important to all involved, that in the transition, no animals get lost in the shuffle.

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