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Eastern Iowa family fighting city ordinance to keep pit bull dog


One eastern Iowa family is fighting the City of Postville to keep their pit bull mix.

Sarah Mohs has lived in Postville for almost two years. Her family adopted a chocolate Lab and pit bull mix dog named Loki just about a year ago.

In 1996, an ordinance was passed in the city of Postville banning pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes within city limits. According to the ordinance, Loki should not be kept or sheltered within those city limits.

But Mohs says no one has ever commented about her dog's breed.

In early July, Loki and the family's other dog ran off their property in Postville and were found by the Postville Chief of Police.

Mohs said it was after that incident she received a letter stating Loki needed to be removed.

"It didn't even set in right away," she said. "I had to read the letter probably three times before it finally set in."

According to the ordinance, Loki needed to be removed from the property within three days of receiving the notice, or the Mohs' needed to file an appeal to the Postville City Council.

Sarah Mohs said getting rid of Loki is not an option. She has decided to file an appeal to the removal.

She says her dog is not dangerous, but well behaved.

"He loves to give kisses and he plays so well with the kids," she said.

Mohs hopes the appeal will help shed light that not all pit bulls are bad dogs.

"Anywhere you go, if someone sees you with a pit bull they hide their children," she said. "They think just because of the dog that it's a bad dog, and they are just not."

Mohs is appealing her notice of removal to the Postville City Council on Monday.

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