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Pit bull refuses to leave owner’s side during house fire, taken away by animal services

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LANDOVER HILLS, MD (December 8, 2015) – A loyal pit bull who stood by her injured owner during a house fire was taken away from her family due to a law the prohibits pit bulls from living in the county.

According to CBS Baltimore, the pit bull’s owner, April Newell, was injured after their home went up in flames. The dog, named Precious, stayed by Newell’s side as firefighters pulled Newell out of the burning house. Precious then guarded over Newell while crews worked to extinguish the fire.

But then animal control showed up, and Precious was taken away. That’s because pit bulls are banned in Prince George’s County. In fact, violators could face a $1,000 fine and jail time.

“It hurts so much, and I wish she was right here beside me as I’m talking to you,” Newell told CBS Baltimore.

After seeing the touching video, Sandra Hamorsky, president of the Maryland Dog Federation, is speaking out about the law and she hopes that lawmakers will reconsider the ban.

“When it comes right down to it, a dog is a dog is a dog. And when you look at the video, you have a dog doing what any dog would do, and that’s protect its owner,” said Hamorsky.

Fortunately, Newell’s sister who lives in Montgomery County, Maryland where it’s legal to own pit bulls has volunteered to let Precious live with her.

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