Service Dog Gets U.S. District Court Trial Date

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Every dog gets his day. Snickers, a service dog owned by disabled retired Chicago Police Department officer James Sak, will be the subject of a U.S. District Court hearing scheduled for Wednesday, December 28 in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Aurelia (Iowa) City Council ordered the mixed breed dog be removed from Sak’s home earlier this month for violating the city’s pit bull ban. But, what types of animals does the ban include? Pets? Strays? Service Dogs?

Sak is taking the case to court claiming the city council’s decision violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sak has also sued the City of Aurelia. Contact has been made with the Aurelia City Hall. As soon as the ordinance is available, an updated post will be published.

Unfortunately Snickers will spend Christmas kenneled at a veterinarian’s office in Cherokee, Iowa. The service dog should be at home with his 95 percent wheelchair-bound owner. Since the dog was removed from Sak’s home, the disabled man has needed to call 911 for assistance after a fall. Previously Snickers aided Sak in such situations by allowing Sak to roll against the dog and use his collar to elevate himself.

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