Investigation of Maquoketa's Pit Bull Ban Ordinance and Enforcement, 2006

(2006) Investigation of Maquoketa's Pit Bull Ban Ordinance and Enforcement, 2006. Iowa Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman

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Case File 0603634 On September 13, 2006, Kelly Wilslef submitted a complaint to the Ombudsman about the Maquoketa City Council (Council). Ms. Wilslef stated a Maquoketa police officer served her an abatement notice for violating the city ordinance preventing owners from keeping pit bull terrier dogs in the city. The Council subsequently determined her dog was a pit bull mix, and ordered her to remove the dog from the city. Ms. Wilslef claimed the Council unreasonably relied on non-expert testimony supporting the city’s position her dog was a pit bull mix. She further claimed that if her dog was in fact a pit bull mix, the city ordinance did not apply to mixed-breed pit bulls; therefore, the Council acted contrary to law when it concluded she violated the city ordinance and ordered her to remove her dog from the city.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Case File 0603634, Pit Bull, Maquaketa, Ombudsman, Dogs, Pets
Subjects: State government > State agencies
City and town government > Local government relations
State government
City and town government > Municipal ordinances
ID Code: 4618
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2007
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/4618

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