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Online petition calls for Rochester's removal

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- A Sioux City City Councilman who drew his own share of canine controversy last year, is taking heat again.

Aaron Rochester's dog was impounded for biting a neighbor. The yellow lab named "Jake" was allegedly stolen from animal control days before the family was to find out whether their dog would be euthanized.

Now, an anonymous petition is circulating on the internet, calling for Aaron Rochester to be kicked off the council. What one man calls his "dog's disappearing act," and Rochester's religious affiliation, are among the reasons cited for his removal by the dozen people who have signed the petition so far.

Many of the comments stem from the recent human rights committee controversy.

Rochester released this statement to NewsChannel 4: :There is an anti-faith pro-homosexual group that will not tolerate people of faith to serve in any capacity. The disdain that this anti-faith group feels about people with religious beliefs proves who truly discriminates."

Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill says getting leaders replaced isn't as easy as signing a petition. A council member can only be removed for due cause, which Gill says is extremely rare.

Legally, malfeasance or malpractice would have to be proven. Basically, the council member would have to have done something illegal.

Rochester was elected in 2007, and will be up for reelection next year. Rochester says he hasn't decided whether he'll run.

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