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Confusion still present with Waterloo Animal Control duties


Waterloo residents are finding it difficult to distinguish who to call when it comes to managing a stray animal. 
Last week, Margaret Theis-Barnett found four stray kittens in a bush near her home in Waterloo.

So, she took them to Waterloo Animal Control. But she was turned away. The person Theis-Barnett spoke to thought the cats were hers, and that she wanted to surrender them, and that's not covered in Waterloo.

"We do not take ‘not-wants' so basically all we do is strays," Maria Tiller of Waterloo Animal Control said. "If people have ‘not-want' animals, they can take them out to the Cedar Bend Humane Society, and they accept those animals."

Cedar Bend previously provided animal control services to Waterloo.

Animals are not being turned away because the facility is full, but because they're not covered under the agreed division of responsibility.

The city has apologized for the mistake with the kittens, and offered to take them. Theis-Barnett said that she is trying to find homes for them on her own.

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