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A Des Moines nonprofit raises, trains and places service dogs typically with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A civilian is now getting the chance to work with a service dog through Paws and Effect.

Tom Bowen was a firefighter in West Virginia who went directly to Manhattan, New York to volunteer for two months after the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

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Katherine Klingseis, kklingseis@dmreg.com 11:50 p.m. CDT August 31, 2014

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A push is being mounted in Des Moines to remove the names of specific dog breeds in the city's animal ordinance, and instead focus on a canine's behavior when considering whether a dog is vicious.

If Des Moines adopts new wording in its animal ordinance, the city would join others across the country and in Iowa that have either revamped their laws or are in the process of doing so.

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Grant Rodgers, grodgers@dmreg.com 1:13 a.m. CDT May 10, 2014

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The Iowa Supreme Court Friday dismissed a service dog trainer's lawsuit against Drake University, ruling that state law did not allow her to sue the school.

Nicole Shumate, the executive director of a Des Moines nonprofit that trains service dogs for disabled veterans, filed a lawsuit against the university in 2011 after she was stopped from bringing an in-training service dog into classes when she was a student at the university's law school.

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