Despite Pit Bull Ban, Man To Be Reunited With Service Dog - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Despite Pit Bull Ban, Man To Be Reunited With Service Dog

MSNBC.COM - A federal judge in Iowa ruled Wednesday in favor of an injunction to allow Snickers, a pit bull mix, to be reunited with owner James Sak immediately.

Earlier this month, Sak, 65, had to relinquish Snickers under a pit bull ban in Aurelia, Iowa. After a city council vote, Sak was asked Dec. 14 to remove the dog from town, and Snickers was sent to a boarding facility outside Aurelia.

The two are expected to be reunited Wednesday afternoon. "Today I got my peace of mind back," Sak said. "I hope that nobody else has to go through what we went through."

Sak suffered a stroke in 2008 that left him confined to a wheelchair and unable to use the right side of his body. He was paired at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago with Snickers, who helps him walk, balance and call for help in an emergency, he said.

Sak and his wife, Peggy Leifer, moved from Chicago to Iowa last month to live closer to sick family. After Snickers' removal, Leifer said she couldn't leave her husband alone.

The couple filed a motion for injunction, granted Wednesday during a two-hour hearing in Sioux City.

Kim Wolf, community engagement specialist for the Animal Farm Foundation, helping Sak with the case under the Americans with Disabilities Act, said numerous people came out to support Sak and Snickers, including strangers who drove hours to be there. click here to read more

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