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Council holds workshop on animal ordinances

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Oct 26, 2020

The Estherville city council held a work session on revising the animal ordinance for the city. Estherville resident Mark Hood addressed the council on his personal experience with pit bulls and bully breeds and shared statistics he had found. Council members considered features in an ordinance that would keep the public safe and protect the city from future lawsuits. In 2017, a resident of Estherville at the time successfully sued the city on his claim of discrimination due to his disability as he presented his pit bull/Labrador Retriever mix, Diesel, as his emotional support animal. The meeting lasted nearly two hours with a wide range of discussion points.

The council discussed ordinances relating to vicious animals, potentially vicious animals, and dangerous animals as well as the pros and cons of a ban on bully breeds or an expanded list of potentially dangerous breeds.

Look for the full story in Thursday’s edition of the Estherville News.