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Some confusion on animal control duties still remains

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Some confusion on animal control services in the city of Waterloo remains.

Last year, in a controversial vote, the city council decided to have the city take over animal control duties from the cedar bend humane society.

Soon after, the city of Cedar Falls followed suit and hired Waterloo animal control to take care of its stray animals.

Still, leaders with the Black Hawk Animal Control/Cedar Bend Humane Society say they're still getting lots of calls from people wanting to know who's responsible for picking up strays.

"There's not a day that goes by that we do not get calls about people inquiring about they have a stray pet where to go with it," said Kristy Gardner, Cedar Bend Humane Society director.

Kristy Gardner admits its a little confusing. If an animal is found in rural Black Hawk County, Black Hawk Animal Control will take care of it.

If a stray animal is found in Waterloo, they have their own animal control. Cedar Falls, they share services with Waterloo.

As for cities like Evansdale and Elk Run Heights they have their own animal control officer.

Gardner says if you own a pet you may want to find out where stray animals go in your city in case your pet gets lost and that it's a good idea to microchip your pet.

"No matter what community you live in almost all those entities have microchip scanners along with all of your vets have that. Some stray pets end up in a vet clinic and if they have tags and or micro chipped then the chances of them getting back home are pretty much almost one hundred percent," said Gardner.

Gardner says if owners from Waterloo or Cedar Falls come to their offices to give up their animals, the humane society will continue to accept them.


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