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Waterloo animal control operations still raises questions with council members

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - City council members still have questions after the city of Waterloo took over animal control duties. Last July the council voted four to three to take over animal control duties from the Cedar Bend Humane Society. 

Councilmen Steve Schmitt and Tom Lind led a tour Thursday morning of the current Waterloo animal control facilities and the Cedar Bend Humane Society. 

Waterloo animal control started at the waste management facility in August. 
As of Thursday morning, there were just a few cats and one dog here, but Sandie Greco, who oversees animal control operations, says they are working to move them to the old city central garage.

"We are licensed there until next November/December I believe and hopefully once we get this room in here in this building going for the cats we'll move them all up here," said Greco.

Just a few months ago dogs started staying in the city central garage. Although it's still a work in progress, Greco says both facilities are up to code.

"It's remarkable that we started with nothing and have come this far," said Greco.

On Thursday, Schmitt and Lind wanted to compare both operations, looking at the animal well being, public safety, and of course the budget.

"But if we were to determine that this is a better deal for the taxpayers, a better deal from a public safety stand point and a better deal for the animals then maybe that would be something we'd do. Or maybe we do some kind of a joint thing between the city and the humane society. I don't know, but I think we need to be open minded," said Schmitt.

When the council voted four to three last July to take over operations, Mayor Buck Clark estimated the city would save 20 to 25 thousand dollars a year.

Greco says the city will save money if they continue to take over animal control.

"I can't say for sure right now how much by the end of the year, but we will have a balance in our budget," said Greco. 

Information from Thursday's tour will be brought to a work session Monday night.

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