Couple sues Town of New Llano following pit bull ban - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Couple sues Town of New Llano following pit bull ban

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A couple has filed a suit against the Town of New Llano following a ban on pit bulls. The couple is also demanding the return of their mixed breed dog, May-Z.

Christina and Victor Nelson moved to New Llano in September 2012 when Victor was stationed at Ft. Polk. However, due to the town's pit bull ban, the couple has had to house their mixed breed dog May-Z outside the town's city limits.

The couple adopted May-Z at a shelter in Indiana. According to the lawsuit, the Nelsons agreed to a DNA test based on a promise by Mayor Freddie Boswell that if May-zee was found to be a pit bull, she would be grandfathered in under the ordinance.

"When (the test) came back, it showed, on their test, it showed 50 percent American Staffordshire, and they told us that she had to be immediately removed from town. So, we were relying on the mayor to keep that promise, and it's unfortunate its gotten to this point."

The lawsuit claims that the pit bull ban is unconstitutional and that it allows the town to take a pit bull without any type of hearing. The couple says they've been taking care of May-Z back and forth for 7 months and they just want answers and a resolution to the situation.

Christina Nelson said, "It's been hard. It's been our focus day and night. it's upset our whole life. We've not unpacked completely, we are constantly trying to think two steps ahead, so that we can know where to put her if something happens where she's at."

May-Z remains in a kennel outside the New Llano city limits, and the Nelsons continue to travel to care for the dog.

The Town of New Llano has not yet made any comments regarding the case, which was filed April 15. The town has about 2 weeks to respond.

The town clerk tells KPLC that Mayor Boswell is not commenting on the suit. Calls by KPLC to Town Attorney Jack Simms were not returned.

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