The City of Hazel Park in Michigan recently lifted its Pit Bull Ban after a pit bull pup saved Jamie Kraczkowski from a domestic abuse. Kraczkowski stated in an interview with FOX 2 last March that her boyfriend was drunk at the time of the incident. For some reason her then boyfriend got mad and became violent towards her. Fortunately, Ice, her beloved pit bull came to her rescue when she was shoved against the wall by her now ex-boyfriend. Ice immediately jumped on the man and grabbed his pant leg and held onto it. After the incident, Kraczkowski was notified that pit bulls are generally put to sleep but the city is giving her “special consideration”. She was told that she has five days to get her beloved pup out of the city because it has an existing ban against pit bulls.
Earlier this month during the council city meeting, a resident named Magan Bouchard showed her support for pit bulls. In an interview she said, “”It’s not just pit bulls. I’ve got nieces and they have a pit bull and live up north and the dog protects the baby. If you have a responsible owner, pit bulls are great dogs.” After a few months of debate and hearing Bouchard’s explanation, the city of Hazel Park, MI decided to lift its ban on pit bulls. The said ban has started in 2013 when the city faced tough public issues that raised concern about the dog breed. “We can’t ban stupid owners so we looked to try to address what was a serious public health situation when we had 40-something bites by pit bulls in the past few years, said Edward Klobucher, Hazel Park City manager.
The lifting of the ban was accompanied by a few rules that anyone who wish to own a pit bull must follow. The rules are: pit bull pups needs to have a license, shots and pass a behavioral test to insure that they are not dangerous. Owners are also required to have a fence and insurance no matter if you own your house or you are just renting it. Many residents including Jamie Kraczkowski are happy with the city’s decision and see the rules as a part of being a responsible dog owner. We are happy that once again pit bulls are welcome to live in Hazel Park. Hopefully, all pit bull owners not just in Hazel Park, MI will learn the responsibilities of owning a dog.
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