After being separated from his service dog in December, a disabled, retired Chicago police officer was reunited with the pit bull mix, Snickers, NBC Chicago
James Sak, 65, had owned Snickers since a stroke in 2008 left him confined to a wheelchair and without feeling in the right side of his body. But when his town of Aurelia, Iowa, put a ban in place on the pit bull breed, he lost his companion. After the ban was passed by the city council, Sak had to send his service dog to a boarding facility outside the city.
However, a federal judge in Iowa ruled in favor of an injunction to allow Sak to be reunited with Snickers.
"Today I got my peace of mind back," Sak, a Vietnam veteran, told the news source. "I hope that nobody else has to go through what we went through."
Breed-specific legislation like that passed in Iowa is surprisingly common, according to Pit Bull Rescue Central
. These laws, often referred to as breed discrimination, are not sufficient to solve problems with dog violence for a number of reasons, the organization reports.