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Animal control in transition in Waterloo

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Last week, the Waterloo City Council voted to assume responsibility for the animal control for the city.

Now, some residents are feeling spurned by the transition.

One evening last week, a stray dog ran into Linda Traywick's yard. Not knowing if the animal was dangerous, she and her husband ran inside, and called animal control.

Then, they waited.

"To make a long story short over 45 minutes later someone did show up," she said, pointing at her front door.

At the time, both the city's animal control officers were out on more urgent calls.

The dog turned out to be friendly, so there was no real danger. Still, Traywick is frustrated by the response time.

"Either they're understaffed, or they're not prepared to handle the animal control situation," she said.

Sandie Greco is the new Director of Animal Control for Waterloo. She said, they're still in transition, and it's important to be patient.

"Right now, I think we're doing the best we can do," Greco said. "We really haven't had a lot of opposition."

But Traywick still isn't satisfied.

"If they're in transition, then who's going to cover the transition phase?" Traywick said. "If the city of Waterloo wanted to take it over, that's fine. I'll back them up 110 percent. We just need to make sure in the transition we are protected."

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