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Pit bull deadline extended

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) – They were told to get rid of their beloved pets by Wednesday or get kicked out of their homes, but we've learned a Dinwiddie trailer park's manager is giving residents four more months to figure out what to do with their pit bulls.

The manager of the Green Acres Mobile Home Community told NBC12 he realized the original 21 days was an unrealistic time frame in which to ask these homeowners to make what will be a life changing choice.

It's the next chapter in a fight between the Green Acres trailer park management and pit bull owners like Arieal Lilly.

"It's still not no good news," she said. "I mean, we still have to get rid of them!"

The deadline to get rid of her beloved dog Isis or move out now pushed from Wednesday to June 29th.

"If you can continue having them here for four months then why can't you continue looking over it, like they're not even here," Lilly exclaimed.

That's something she said had been done until this month when a new manager decided to enforce their signed leases which prohibit "dangerous breeds" like pit bulls.

In a new letter the property manager said he doesn't take the enforcement of the rules and regulations lightly. And, he's investigated several alternatives like spaying and neutering or adding more fences, but in the end he explained these are not feasible.

Arieal explained she has nowhere else to go and an extra four months won't make the decision any easier.

"Waking up to that every day, it's a pain in the butt knowing it's getting closer, one day closer," she said.

The Phillips and their dog Elizabeth, on the other hand, have a plan for June 29th.

"I'll hand him a blank piece of paper that's not signed with a note on it saying I'm not getting rid of my dogs," David Phillips told us.

If they can't come to some sort of agreement, he is ready to move.

"I'm not planning on staying here when somebody's trying to run this place like Hitler," Phillips said.

Our legal analyst explained it is the landlord's right to enforce the rules if a tenant signs a lease. Some residents now fear they'll have to either put their dogs down or put them up for adoption.

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