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Adoptions are underway for 200+ rescued birds

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Birds that flock together are now getting adopted together.

An animal welfare rescue mission left the Iowa City Animal Center in charge of over 200 ducks, geese, chickens, and pigeons. The birds came from a farmstead in Johnson County where authorities say they have been neglected.

Later, 70-year-old Francis Prohaska was charged with one count of livestock neglect.

On Thursday, the rescue barn where the ducks and geese were being held and cared for was a little bit quieter after the first day for adoptions started.

Iowa City Animal Center Supervisor, Liz Ford, said she was in shock with how many applications they got and how quickly they were able to adopt so many out that day. Ford said over 30 chickens and 85 of the ducks and geese went to their new homes before 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"Everyone that has come to take birds home with them has really come with a place in their heart for these animals because they were in a bad situation before and they really want to give them a good home," Ford said.

Ford said all the birds were given a clean bill of health after being tested. She said they hope to start lining up the adoption process for the pigeons soon.

People still interested in adopting can call the animal center at 319-356-5295 to learn about availability.

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