I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes when I read in Dogster that a Pit Bull mix service dog was banned from Aurelia, Iowa. Jim Saks, a retired cop, and his wife moved there in November to help take care of her mother. Initially, the city government, decided that they would make no exceptions for service dogs. A ban on all Pit Bulls has been in place since 2008. Snickers was no longer welcome in Aurelia and would be euthanized if he stayed. It didn’t matter that Snickers’s only history was that of a friendly, extremely helpful dog that never left Sak’s side since his stroke three years ago. Saks, visibly shaken and disturbed, acted quickly to save Snicker’s life. He brought him to a nearby town, where he was welcome, and temporarily boarded him at a veterinary facility and then a foster home, to save his dog’s life.
Buying himself time worked in his favor, at least temporarily. Saks (who fell at least once without Snickers by his side) filed a federal lawsuit, knowing that the American with Disabilities Act allows people with disabilities a right to any breed of service dogs. According to CBS Chicago, a Federal judge ruled that Snickers could be returned to Saks and allowed to live in Aurelia, at least temporarily. The city could however counter sue. The Saks’s are now looking to ensure that Snickers can remain with them forever and the Animal Farm Foundation is assisting them with their case.
On National Pit Bull Awareness Day, I posted about the negative stigma associated with Pit Bulls, often due to a disproportionate amount of press. Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (BADRAP) has been educating the public with their monster myths. In a recent study of 122 dog breeds, by the American Temperament Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9. That even passes Golden Retrievers and Beagles, according to BADRAP.
In my opinion, saying that all Pit Bulls have aggression issues is no more accurate than saying all people of any color, sex, sexual orientation, size, etc. are dangerous. My hope is that Snickers will be allowed to stay in Aurelia and that the town eliminates their ban on Pit Bulls.
What do you think? Should Snickers be allowed to live in Aurelia, Iowa with Saks? Should Pit Bulls be banned in any communities? Thanks for voting in our poll below and posting your comment.
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