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Pit bull ban brings dozens to Rockwell City Council meeting

“I’m not getting rid of my dog. I will move. My husband and I have already started looking at houses.”

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 10:23 PM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 7:44 AM

ROCKWELL, Iowa - Nancy Levenhagen and Sharri Fullmuth of Rockwell said they were surprised to learn that their dogs may soon need to be removed from their hometown because of an ordinance against pit bulls.

“I was out in Arizona and when I came home my neighbor told me that pit bulls are going and he is the mayor,” said Levenhagen.

“The only thing that I found vicious about my pit bull is that he likes to chew on my shoes and furniture,” said Fullmuth. “I don’t know what he has against my shoes.”

That is why Levenhagen jumped in to action.

“I went door-to-door and I received 200 signatures to bring our dogs off the banned list,” she said.

That petition is, in part, why dozens of residents flooded the Rockwell City Council chambers to voice their concerns.

Council members said they are not sure when it was put on the books, but it has been for a number of years. The Rockwell police chief stated that there hasn’t been a pit bull attack in the town in nearly 20 years and he also doesn’t agree with the breed-specific ban.

“I don’t believe a breed ban is appropriate at all,” he said.

The council did not take action on the ordinance at Wednesday night’s meeting, but say they will look in to making changes if they need to.

“No animal will be asked to leave the city of Rockwell until this issue is resolved in a timely manner,” said Mayor Michael Flatness.

But if this ordinance isn’t changed, Sharri and Nancy say they will leave the town they love.

“I’m not getting rid of my dog,” Fullmuth said. “I will move. My husband and I have already started looking at houses.”

The Rockwell City Council stated that when they do look at making changes to the ordinance, they would like to put something else in place.

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