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Cedar Rapids breaks ground on new Animal Care and Control building

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Soon shelter animals in Cedar Rapids will have a new home. City officials broke ground on a new Animal Care and control building Wednesday. It's located at Kirkwood Community College.

The department provides animal control services for Cedar Rapids and shelter for animals in both Cedar Rapids and Marion.

"They are the dedicated ones and they have the passion to go out every day and do what they do and to work in the shelter to take care of the thousands of pets that are found each year," said Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief.

The shelter has been in a temporary home since the floods of 2008 when the building was destroyed. All animals were evacuated before the flood and a temporary shelter was set up at Kirkwood to help animals displaced from the flood.

"A great deal of them were saved because of folks like you out here today so I just want to thank you also for everything you do," said Justin Shields, Cedar Rapids City Council, at the event.

The building is expected to open in October.

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