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via www.kmeg.com

AURELIA, IA - They were told they would have to give up their dog, simply because it was a pitbull mix. But, Snickers is no ordinary dog: not only is he Jim's best friend, he is also a service dog.

Jim Sak, a retired Chicago police officer, can't live without his dog, literally.

Jim became disabled after having a stroke 4 years ago, so they got Snickers trained to be a service dog.  Last November, when they moved to Aurelia, they were told to get rid of him, because the town has a breed ban against pitbulls.

"Just because he looks like a pitbull, doesn't mean he's going to chew anybody up," Jim said.

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