A pitbull is credited in Hazel Park for saving her owner during a vicious domestic attack. But now the victim must give the dog up because pitbulls are banned in Hazel Park.
Jamie Kraczkowski's story has gotten attention nationwide, and now an animal rights group is fighting back.
"It basically says pet owners are welcome to live in our community, except you and you, because your dogs look a certain way," says Courtney Protz-Sanders. She is from Michigan's Political Action Committee for Animals.
Courtney Protz-Sanders says dozens of Hazel Park residents are contacting her to speak at the city council meeting Tuesday night, to try to repeal the city's ban on pitbulls.
"Had the dog not done its job, Jamie could have been more seriously injured or, God forbid, not even with us anymore," says Protz-Sanders.
Charged with domestic violence, Jamie Dopke was sentenced Tuesday to 40 days in jail for a prior domestic violence charge. He tells police the dog Isis, or Ice for short, attacked him as he was trying to leave, forcing him to get 30 stitches.
"He had a little more than moderate injuries because of the dog attack," says Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner.
Given a home quarantine, the city gave Kraczkowski five days to remove the dog, since a city ordinance enacted in February of 2012 bans the breed. Hazel Park City Manager Edward Klobucher says they chose not to euthanize the dog, even though it attacked. But he says they have a pitbull ban in the city for a reason.
"Unfortunately, the number one breed that has been involved in dog bite cases in the city of Hazel Park in the past few years has been the pitbull, and some of those attacks were very severe," says Edward Klobucher, Hazel Park city manager.
Many disagree and plan to talk to city council members Tuesday night..
"To keep communities safe you need to focus on owner behavior," says Dog Trainer and Pit Bull advocate Laura Witkowski.
Klobucher says he is happy to give Kraczkowski, who is overwhelmed with support, more time to remove the dog or move out of the city. But he says the ban isn't budging.
"Our mayor and city council feel very strongly that this ordinance makes the city of Hazel Park a much safer community to live in. So, while we're sympathetic here, we still have to protect our residents," says Klobucher.