End Denver’s Ban on Pit Bulls and Replace with Provisional Permitting
Breed specific bans do not work: they do not make Denver safer, nor do they encourage responsible dog ownership.
30 years ago, Denver implemented a ban on all dogs that looked like pit bulls. This ban has cost the City of Denver $5.8 million to enforce and it has not made Denver any safer. Denver should regulate animals based on the existing dangerous dog law, instead of banning an entire breed of dog based solely on appearance. Reliable studies, such as this one by the American Veterinary Medical Association, show that breed isn’t an indicator of whether a dog will bite — responsible ownership is.
What 2J Will Do
2J will end the ban on dogs who look like pit bulls and replace it with a provisional breed-restricted license. For dogs who look like pit bulls to qualify for this license, dogs will need to be:
- neutered or spayed
- limited to only two per household
- owners will be required to notify animal control if their dog escapes or bites anyone.
After three years, if the dog has not had any issues, they will be able to be registered like any other dog in Denver.
2J is a way to keep Denverites safe while still allowing responsible dog owners to enjoy their best friends in our city limits. End Denver’s ban on pit bulls and encourage responsible dog ownership: This November, vote YES on 2J.
The question on the November 3, 2020 ballot will read:
Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance authorizing the city to grant a provisional permit to owners or keepers of a pit bull, provided the owner microchips the animal and complies with additional requirements set by Denver Animal Protection?
You can read the entire ordinance that will be adopted on www.DenverLovesDogs.org
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