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A Lincoln County family is fighting to keep their pit bull after they were told by police that they had to get rid of him.

The Frank family of Troy, say their pit bull, Moby, helps their son, Logan, deal with autism.

They got the dog several years ago, shortly after Troy enacted a ban against pit bulls.

Melissa Frank told NewsChannel 5 her husband received a notice from Troy police Thursday that they had 10 days to remove the dog or risk facing further consequences.

Frank said she believes the ordinance is unfair.

More Information: Read the Troy Pit Bull Ban Ordinance

"I just think that if the dog was raised to be a good dog, it's going to be a good dog and if it was raised and bred to be a good dog, it shouldn't be banned," she said.

Frank said Moby has helped Logan deal with his stress. She said the family even has a letter from their autism specialist to back it up.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to the mayor of Troy and each of that city's board of aldermen about the issue.

Only one responded. He said the Franks could reach out to the board at its next meeting to see if they were eligible for a "variance", an official order that would let them keep their dog.

However, Frank says it's a strategy she's tried for before.

"I showed them pictures, I even brought signatures from my neighbors saying that he was a good dog and didn't give them any trouble back at the time in 2010 and it didn't do me any good," she said.

The upcoming board meeting is scheduled to take place Monday.

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