A pit bull named Isis is no longer welcome in the township of Hazel Park, Michigan, but the decision to remove her has nothing to do with aggressive behavior or a horrific attack.
In fact, Isis, or “Ice,” as owner Jamie Kraczkowski calls her, reportedly saved her owner from an abusive boyfriend.
Kraczkowski alleged that her boyfriend Jamie Dopke became “drunk, angry, and eventually violent” in comments to MyFoxDetroit.
“Finally, when my head got hit against the wall, she just grabbed his pant leg and she was done. She was done with him abusing me — and abusing her,” Kraczkowski claimed.
When the pit bull inserted herself between Dopke and Kraczkowski, it allowed the dog owner to call 911, and Dopke left, she said.
Dopke was arrested and charged with domestic violence. He is now out on bond. While in custody, he informed officers that the pit bull had attacked him, and he ended up needing 30 stitches to close the wound in his leg.
Hazel Park police were understanding of Kraczkowski’s situation and said that because of the nature of the attack, Isis would not have to be put down, but she will need to find a new home and has only five days to do it.
While the victim is grateful that she’s been allowed to home quarantine the animal, her problems are only beginning.
“Everything is in [Dopke’s] name. The lease is in his name. The utilities are in his name. I don’t know what’s going to happen with my dog,” she said. “I definitely don’t feel safe without her.”
Pit bull owners look at stories like Kraczkowski’s as another example of how their breed of choice can’t win for losing.
For every nice, protective pit bull story out there — like the one above — it seems like there are several involving pit bull attacks to replace it.
This uneasiness around the dog breed led the city of Hazel Park to enact an ordinance banning the dog breed altogether.
Ordinance No. 08-08, enacted Aug. 26, 2008, targeted pit bulls directly.
“‘Pit bull dog’ means any of the following dogs: a) the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs; b) the American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dogs; c) the American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog; d) any other breed commonly known as Pit Bull, Pit Bull Dog, or Pit Bull Terrier; or e) Dogs that have the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the breeds of dogs known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, or the American Pit Bull Terrier.”
Do you think an exception should be made for pit bull dogs like Isis, or is it best to err on the side of caution?