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'Just don't take my dog': Leawood family in legal battle with city to keep dog

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Leawood family is in the middle of a legal battle with the city to keep their dog.

— A Leawood family is in the middle of a legal battle with the city to keep their dog. It's been three years since Kristi Bond first saw a picture of a black and white puppy at the shelter. "They said they had the sweetest dog and she had been really sick and she's better now," Bond said.

"She's just our sweet puppy. "Now Bond said she is forced to either give up Lucy or move away from her home in Leawood.

READ | Letter from City of LeawoodThen, after another couple of days passed, Bond said the family got a knock at the door. "An animal control officer and a policeman with a gun on his hip came to our front door and demanded that we give her to them," Bond said. The family did not surrender Lucy.

She wants the breed ban to be revoked. Section 2-102 (k) of Chapter 2 of the Leawood City Code, which deals with Animal Control, defines "any pit bull dog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, or any animal having the appearance or characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds" as a dangerous animal. "I want them to change it so it affects dangerous behavior only," Bond said. As the law stands, a dog would only need to fit the appearance of a dangerous breed for a family to be issued a citation. "What does a dangerous dog look like?" Bond asked. Since 2018, Leawood has issued four citations in regards to its dangerous breeds ban.

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