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Appeal denied for Sioux City Councilman Rochester's dog


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Special Pound Master has made his decision about a Sioux City Councilman's dog.

Friday morning, Glen Hanson said he has re-affirmed the original decision that Aaron Rochester's yellow lab is "vicious."           

In his ruling, Hanson said the dog, Jake, "left his yard and jumped on and bit a man walking on the sidewalk."           

The victim later needed stitches on his thumb.           

Hanson says he gave careful consideration to all the facts presented, but is denying Rochester's appeal to get his dog back.           

Being deemed "vicious" means Jake will have to be put down.

"Of course, it did not come out the way my family had hoped," said Aaron Rochester, Sioux City Councilman.

Rochester says he's done battling to save his dog, Jake. He says he will be signing over the yellow lab to Sioux City Animal Control.

"Nobody's happy to lose something that they care about. And so, we're not happy about it, but we're not going to challenge the city over either," said Rochester.

He says that's because of the position he holds and a Sioux City councilman.

"If I don't like something as a lawmaker then I need to make amendments and try to change that, but not challenge the city in court," said Rochester.

However, he says there are things he's learned by going through the 'vicious dog' appeal process... including the things he wants to change about the ordinance.

"The way that we have the ordinance right now, any thing can happen to where even the victim can think that the dog is not vicious and he's still euthanized," said Rochester.

Rochester says it won't be until the dust settles that he'll consider making any motions to revise the 'vicious dog' ordinance.

"To look at the whole ordinance and the differences between and incident based on something that happened versus an actually vicious animal. And, I think that right now the way that the ordinance is, it doesn't really separate the two," said Rochester.

As of this afternoon, Animal Control officials say Rochester hasn't waived his right to appeal.

When he does, the county attorney and Animal Control will work together to decide on when Jake will be put down.

Online Reporter: Allissa Hopkins

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