In November, Jim Sak, a retired Chicago police officer, moved to Aurelia, with his pit bull mix, to help his ailing mother-in-law.
The issue is there's a ban on pit bulls within Aurelia city limits. The dog, "Snickers," was taken away, and Sak sued the city of Aurelia to get him back.
In federal court on Wednesday, a judge granted a preliminary injunction; meaning Sak will get his dog back until the lawsuit is over.
The court will ultimately choose whether the dog can remain in the city permanently after the suit is over.
Snickers has been in foster care in Iowa City.