By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
AURELIA, Iowa (KTIV) -
We've been following the story of Jim Sak, who moved to Aurelia, IA less than two months ago to help his ailing mother-in-law. Sak has a pit bull mix service dog. Problem is Aurelia has a pit bull ban. After ordering him to give up "Snickers", Sak is suing for the right to keep the dog within city limits.
Wednesday morning, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction. So, Sak will get the dog back until the lawsuit is decided. And, even before the ink on the order was dry, Snickers foster family in Iowa City, IA was bringing him home.
"Are you tired that was a long ride huh?" said Jim, scratching Snickers' ear.
Jim could barely describe what it was like having Snickers, home again.
"It's great. I missed him for almost two weeks. It's just good to have him home," he said.
In those two weeks, Jim's struggled. Because of his stroke about four years ago, he's been left with limited mobility. Typically, Snickers keeps him balanced while walking, but in his absence Jim's fallen twice.
"He's a part of me. This right side don't work, but he does," said Jim.
The federal court hearing Wednesday brought Snickers back with a preliminary injunction. And, while it doesn't guarantee he'll be home for good..."Right, now that's the furthest thing from my mind," said Jim.
Instead, this man and his best friend have more important things to worry about, like who'll be hogging the covers. "He's going to sleep with me tonight. I know that," Jim said with a smile.
After taking a few licks in weeks past, this former Chicago police officer is getting the one's he's been waiting for. "This is the greatest day of my life... Right... Yeah...," said Jim, kissing Snickers on the head.
KTIV contacted the mayor of Aurelia Wednesday. She would not comment on the case, saying it's in litigation.
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