Moose the pit bull will be living with his family very soon.
The K-9 has made several headlines in recent months after mail in the Hannibal neighborhoods he was residing in was cut off because he was declared dangerous a dangerous animal.
First it was mail service along College Avenue that was ceased while Moose was living with his owner, David Taylor and his wife, Kristi. Then there was no mail along New London Gravel Road because Moose was living there with Taylor's daughter.
After three attempts, the Taylors have had enough. They're moving out of Hannibal to a rural home so their beloved dog can live with them without any issues or restrictions.
"We have signed a contract on a house out in Ralls County," David Taylor told the Hannibal City Council Tuesday evening. "Moose is a part of our family."
The real reason why the Taylors, their daughter and granddaughter showed up at Hannibal City Hall for the regular meeting was to clear their dog's name. They had one final request, remove the dangerous status Moose has had since May 9.
"A lot of this stuff is not true," David Taylor told the council. He was noting the complaints and allegations of aggression and other incidents against his dog and said the behavior doesn't reflect the animal he's raised since 2007. "That's not Moose. That's not my dog. I got some people that told me, only after the mail was stopped, that they were afraid of my dog. I'm just trying to get my dog's name cleared. He is not a viscous animal. He is not a dangerous animal. He's just a big boy that likes to play."
However, Lindell Davis, Hannibal Police Chief, and officers from the Hannibal Animal Control Unit, gave their assessment to the council. It was pretty much determined it wasn't the risk of being bitten by Moose which makes him a dangerous animal. It is his large size and possibility of knocking someone over and causing injury that does.
"Our ordinance says dangerous, it doesn't necessarily mean he's going to bite you. He's just a danger to the public, number one because of the area he's in. If he knocks a person down, hurts them," Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark said when the meeting concluded. "I think we studied that ordinance really hard when we put it in. There are some cities that ban certain breeds and we didn't do that. We're not going to put any criteria on any dog, we're just going to say if they hit these criteria they're considered a dangerous dog or a dangerous animal."
Since the Taylors are moving out of Hannibal the council said the whole situation with Moose is now a moot point. Therefore, the dog's status in Hannibal is still dangerous.
Departing Hannibal won't even be bittersweet for Kristi Taylor. The house she and David had been living in along College Avenue was her family home. Her parents built the house in 1955 and at the time there was only one other home in the area. Where most of the homes are now was all woods.
"The neighborhood has changed so bad," Kristi said. "I never thought I'd hate the house I grew up in. I hate the house. I hate the neighborhood. We're already packing."
With just a few finalizing processes to go through, the Taylors hope to be in their new home with Moose in a matter of weeks.