Mom Still Fights City To Keep Soldier's Dogs 7-09-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Mom Still Fights City To Keep Soldier's Dogs 7-09-2010

A Bay City soldier left her dogs at home with her mom to fight for our country overseas -- but now those dogs are putting that soldier's mom in a tough spot with one city government.
Keeping the dogs is against Bay City rules, and while Marion Laur asked for an exception, she's not having much luck getting a response.
Laur said her routine Friday was the same one she has done everyday for the last five weeks. She took care of her five dogs; two of hers and three of her daughters.
“It’s a joy, they give me a reason to get up in the morning when my daughter’s gone,” said Laur.
Laur’s daughter, U.S. Army Spc. Adrienne Shooltz, is training in Indiana before shipping out to Afghanistan.
Like any proud mother, she's happy to be helping out back at home while her daughter serves her country.
But the problem lies with the local city hall, where an ordinance states that only three dogs can reside at a home within the city limits.
This rule makes Laur’s situation two dogs over the limit, a rule she’s looking to change.
“My daughter is serving her country right now,” said Laur. “This is the least I can do for her is take very good care of her animals that she left in my care.”
City officials gave Laur until July 8 to do something about the dogs, but that deadline has come and gone.
However, on Friday, Laur was granted an extension, because so many city commissioners are on vacation.
Now she has until next week to get out of the so-called doghouse.
“I’m going to keep fighting for my daughter, this is something that’s very important to her,” said Laur.
Laur’s daughter won’t complete her tour of duty until July 2011.



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