Will Fear of Pit Bulls Shut a Disabled Veteran Out of Two Towns?

Wayne Tibbett, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, wants to move to Indiana when he leaves the military in May. His wife’s mother lives in the small town of Oxford, and they want to be closer to her. There’s just one problem: Both Oxford and the nearby town of Fowler have banned Pit Bulls outright.

Tibbett rescued Zorro, a two-year-old Pit Bull, from a shelter last year, and the dog has become an important — even essential — part of his life. Although Zorro isn’t a trained service dog, he provides emotional support to Tibbett that is key to the soldier’s attempts to deal with the PTSD stemming from his service in Afghanistan. “My dog is pretty much what keeps me going,” he told the Lafayette Journal and Courier. “It helps me out with the issues that I have. He is pretty much glued to my leg at all times.”

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