A small Iowa town has forced a retired Chicago cop and Vietnam veteran to part with the service dog who was helping him cope with a profound stroke that left him with no feeling on the right half of his body.
The dog’s crime? He is a pit-bull mix. It seems Aurelia — a town whose motto is “savor the sweet life” — banned the breed in 2008 after a pit bull bit a meter reader.
He and his wife, Peggy, recently moved to her hometown of 1,100 people to be closer to his ailing mother-in-law.
Without the dog, Sak’s mother-in-law — the very person Sak moved here to help — has to help him out.
”That dog has never been away from us a night in his life. He’s the sweetest, most good-natured dog you’d ever want to meet.” Sak said in an article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Snickers is a bona fide service dog, doesn’t this fly in the face of the Americans with Disabilities Act, big time? The ADA says service dogs can be of any breed.
Astounding display of ignorance. So basically the town is putting their own fears ahead of basic human rights.
All legalities aside let’s look at this from a common sense point of view.
The man used to be a cop. At least 70% of controlling a dog is psychological authority, something that came naturally to this guy.
The dogs have been banned since ’08, they probably don’t know any of the heroic feats done by Pitties because their minds have been shut off to absorbing any information about this breed they fear.
The dog is employed to assist a veteran in living independently, Snickers sole purpose is to devote and risk his life if necessary to a man who did that very same thing for our ancestors. The dog is not going to be wandering the streets looking for a fight!!
May the people of this town be struck with common sense.