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    HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV)- Hans Kappen is on a mission to ban a number of dog breeds from his central Arkansas community.

    Kappen's wife, Joan, was killed by a neighbor's Bullmastiff November 21st as she was going for a morning walk in their retirement community.

    "We need to get these types of killer dogs which are trained to kill off the street," said Kappen. "They are not considered pets, they are killer dogs."

    The Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association is hosting a community meeting Wednesday morning to address current animal control policies.

    Kappen plans to attend the event and propose new specific breed legislation. "Contact your lawmakers here in Arkansas, around the United States, anywhere in the world so this does not happen again," he told THV. Please help me do something about it. I'm trying to help everybody. It could have happened to you."

    THV spoke with several Hot Springs Village residents who agree the regulations need to be changed. "I was horrified that such a thing could happen in any community let alone a retirement community where you have a Bullmastiff running around," Penny Eagle said. "It shouldn't be allowed. There should be some type of ordinance where you shouldn't be allowed to have those types of animals."

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