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Some 700 fish were left homeless after being dumped in ponds behind Millennium Library, council heard.

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Councillors were deep in debate on the fire hall scandal, suburban sprawl and other weighty issues today but one issue made them pause and laugh: homeless fish.

Coun. Paula Havixbeck said 700 fish were made homeless recently when crews drained an outdoor pond at the Millennium Library.

The fish, of assorted varieties, didn’t belong to the city, added Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo)  -- they’d been dumped there by thoughtless residents.

The city has posted signs that state fish dumping is not allowed.

"It’s concerning to me... people still seem to do it," Havixbeck said.

Havixbeck said a good Samaritan from Charleswood, Erin Cornelius, rescued the 700 fish and, at her own expense, is placing them in good homes. Cornelius said anyone wanting a fish or two can contact her by email at erin.d.cornelius@gmail.com.

"This woman still has 275 fish in her home and if anyone is listening can go over and take some of these fish, she seemed open to that."

Havixbeck said she hoped the protection and community services committee could come up with a creative solution to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM CDT: corrects typo, adds contact information.

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