Marley still not welcome in Lindsborg

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SALINA, Kan. (SJ) -

Marley is not going home for Christmas.

The Lindsborg City Council Monday chose to accept the word of police officers who picked up the black-and-white dog Nov. 6 and declared him to have the appearance of a pit bull mix. Under city ordinance, dogs having the appearance of being pit bulls and pit bull mixes are not allowed in the city of Lindsborg.

City council members would not rescind the ordinance for one situation, City Clerk Jerry Sperling said Tuesday.

Marley’s owner, Angie Mitchell, asked members of the city council to declare that the dog was not a dangerous animal and allow him to return home. He is very friendly, playful and loving, said Anne D’Andrea, who owns Lazy D Kennel, where Marley has been staying since Nov. 22. Unfortunately, the kennel is booked for the holidays and Marley will need to go somewhere else on Friday.

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D’Andrea also doubts that Marley has any pit bull in him. He is more likely a boxer-terrier mix, she said.

The city of Salina, which also bans pit bulls and pit bull mixes, uses a checklist of 32 characteristics to determine when a dog may be part pit bull, said Vanessa Cowie, animal services manager at the Salina Animal Shelter.

Sperling said she received many phone calls Tuesday, both for and against the council’s decision.

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