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Dog pull looses support of Peru City Council

Posted by wlpo on April 25, 2011

Foes of dog pulling have been successful in getting the First Annual Pull for Humanity booted out of Peru.

Nearly three weeks after telling dog pull organizer Tom Rodriguez who could used Baker Lake on Saturday, May 14, the city council Monday night went back on their vote.

Rodriguez was in the audience with his attorney, Louis Bertrand.  He said he would agree to move it to Wiggley Field and to not allow non-competing dogs, but he insisted it follow Iron Dog guidelines.  It would have had the proper insurance.

Before the vote, City Clerk Dave Bartley told the council that Rodriguez was basically complying and that an area veterinarian had volunteered to attend.

Still, the council voted six to two on two motions determining the event’s fait.  Aldermen Joe Mikyska and Bob Ankiewicz were the two votes in favor of the event.

A few aldermen said they don’t think dog pulls are harmful to dogs, just that the people of Peru didn’t want it.  Mayor Harl said they had received more calls on this topic than the indoor and outdoor pools combined.

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