Jacksonville family back in court fighting to get girl's support dog back

A Jacksonville family was back in court Monday hoping to get their dog back from the city.

In August, the city of Jacksonville took the dog because of an ordinance banning pit bulls. Amanda Simmons says the dog, named Edith, is an emotional support animal for her daughter Ahmeah.

Their attorney says taking the animal violates the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Simmons says her daughter has gotten worse since the dog was taken away.

"It started out she was just diagnosed with Asperger's a couple of years ago. And now she has been clinically diagnosed as depressed. And she is having trouble sleeping at night. So she is on medication. So she is regressing and it is kind of making things a lot worse on us at home," said Simmons.

Jacksonville's city attorney Robert Bamburg left the hearing without comment.

Nothing was decided Monday, but the case is due back in court February 17.

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