And . . . It's Hitting the Fan in Aurelia Iowa!

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    United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 320 Sixth Street, Third Floor Courtroom, Sioux City, IA
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    NOTE: THE 12/28 HEARING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!

    Summary:

    Retired Chicago Police Officer and Vietnam Veteran James Sak and his wife Peggy Leifer are suing the City of Aurelia, Iowa for forcing Sak to relinquish his service dog, "Snickers". If Sak had not relocated Snickers outside of city limits, the Town Council of Aurelia said the service dog would be seized and killed.

    Animal Farm Foundation is assisting Sak and his family with this case. On December 21 Animal Farm Foundation issued the following press release: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/files/Press_Release_Iowa_ServiceDog.pdf.

    The City of Aurelia's actions appears to violate federal law/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/reg2_2010.html

    The Davis Brown Law firm (www.davisbrownlaw.com) is representing Sak pro bono, and Animal Farm Foundation is covering any additional costs, including boarding fees for Snickers.

    On December 22 an injunction was filed in United States District Court: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/files/snickers_materials.pdf

    The hearing has been scheduled for December 28, 2011 at 9:00 am (central time) at the United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa (320 Sixth Street, 3rd Floor Courtroom, Sioux City, Iowa 51101).

    Animal Farm Foundation is attending the December 28 hearing.

    THE HEARING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and we encourage people to attend in support of Officer Sak and his family. Note: Cell phones, cameras, and other electronic devices are not permitted inside the courtroom.

    NOTE: Sioux City (where the hearing is taking place) has a ban on "pit bull" dogs: http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/uploaded_files/tinymce/Sioux City.pdf

    Below are links to the media coverage regarding this case:

    MSNBC (December 25): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4578795...f=.TvimtQFLNEp.like&fb_source=profile_oneline

    NBC Sioux City (December 23): http://www.ktiv.com/story/16387641/update-aurelia-ia-man-reunites-with-service-dog

    Eastern Iowa News Now (December 23): http://easterniowanewsnow.com/2011/...n-officer-suing-town-for-banning-service-dog/

    NBC Sioux City (December 22): http://www.ktiv.com/story/16382413/pit-bull-ban-keeps-disabled-man-from-service-dog

    CBS Chicago (December 22): http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/12/22/iowa-town-wont-let-retired-chicago-cop-keep-service-dog/

    Sioux City Journal (December 22): http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/lo...cle_a88d3f40-d393-5796-9a8c-543b989634cb.html

    Chicago Sun Times (December 21): http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/...ervice-dog-launches-landmark-ada-lawsuit.html

    If you have questions, please contact Kim Wolf at kwolf@animalfarmfoundation.org.
     
  2. YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!! I'll be waiting to hear what goes down tomorrow. I hope they are forced to remove their heads from their rectums.
     
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    ouch. that's gotta hurt
     
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    The judge ruled in his favor and Snickers is home :)

    The city can still appeal it, but the legal team that went to bat for Snickers and his people says they will stay on the case if that happens and fight it as far as it needs to be fought.
     

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