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Judge halts town's enforcement of pit bull ban

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A federal judge in Lake Charles has barred enforcement of a ban on pit bulls and pit bull look-alikes in the town of New Llano until she hears a challenge to the ordinance.

The lawsuit was brought by Victor and Christine Nelson, whose dog Mazzy was confiscated by town authorities.

U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi's order Tuesday also let the Nelsons take Mazzy home.

Their lawsuit says the ordinance violates equal protection, property and due process rights by letting the town seize the dogs and put them to death.

Their lawyer, Fred Kray, tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1rE8In0 ) that Louisiana has a law that lets someone bitten by a dog take the owner to court. He says the law calls for a judge to consider the case.

Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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