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Spring Brings Surge of Calls for Iowa City Animal Control

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa City Animal Services officers have been very busy over the last couple of months dealing with surge of spring calls.

“This tends to happen in the spring, for many reasons,” said Misha Goodman, Director of Animal Services for the City of Iowa City. “It’s not uncommon, but we are seeing a higher call volume.”

By 8:30 Wednesday morning Johnson County dispatchers had already taken two concerning calls, which Animal Services officers handled by midmorning. The first was called in around 8 a.m. for a report that someone had tossed a cat out of a truck. The second for an aggressive dog, which according to online records may have been foaming from the mouth.

Officers are still looking for the suspect and the cat, which appeared to be unharmed. The dog was returned to its owner.

Later in the morning a citizen brought an injured bird to the Animal Care and Adoption Center. Officers transported the bird to a local volunteer who rehabs injured animals from her home.

“Every single day is different,” said Goodman.

Both the cat and dog holding areas are currently running near full, Goodman said.

The reason for the spike in calls typically has so do with more people being outside and more animals out and about, officers say. Many animals are also looking to breed during these months.

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