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Ottumwa City Council to decide Tuesday if a pet dog can stay in city limits

The dog has attacked two individuals. (KTVO/City Council)

The Ottumwa City Council will be dealing with a very emotional issue this week.

On Tuesday’s agenda, the council is scheduled to hear the appeal of Elizabeth Techel.

On January 9, 2019, Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew ordered Techel’s dog, Rusty, to be removed from city limits.

According to a document attached to the meeting agenda, Techel’s dog, Rusty, has attacked two separate people.

In July 2018, the dog described as a medium-sized terrier bit a 14-year-old girl on the leg. Those injuries required stitches.

Last month, the dog attacked a visitor to the Techel home, biting that person on the arms and legs. Again, this caused injuries that required medical attention.

Techel has appealed the removal saying in a letter to the council that she has purchased safety equipment for the dog and has consulted a veterinarian on how to better handle Rusty.

Among the other items on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, an ordinance designed to regulate massage therapy establishments in Ottumwa.

Police Chief Tom McAndrew said the law will help combat prostitution and sex trafficking.

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