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Aurora Breed Ban Debate


The fight for and against pit bulls has been going on in Colorado for decades, starting with Denver's breed ban that dates back to the mid-80s. 


As of now, there are several public comment days in Aurora and the opportunity to comment online to the revisions: https://www.auroragov.org/residents/animal_services/chapter_14_code_revisions_-_public_feedback/?fbclid=IwAR0VsjnAyWyEjWLbVTH7VqIoWbdf-mJvTDNfz66l1ADc0z9HP2MHuffrWAU


The public comment days will happen on June 5th, 6-8; June 15th, 10-12 and June 27th, 5-7. If you’re interested in updates, send an email to animalordinance@auroragov.org


There are several other municipalities in Colorado with breed bans and not all of the bans are limited to pit bulls: 


~Aurora Section: 14-75 Bans: pit bulls (Aurora formerly banned all fighting breeds)



~Broomfield Section: 6-24-010 Bans: wolf-dog hybrids




~Commerce City Section: 4-2011 Bans: pit bulls




~Denver Section: 8-55 Bans: pit bulls




~Fort Lupton Section: 7-241 Bans: pit bulls




~Lone Tree Section: 10-7-90 Bans all fighting breeds: pit bulls, American bulldogs, dogo argentinos, canary dogs, presa mallorquins, tosa inus, cane corsos and fila brasilairos




~Louisville Section: 6.12.60 and 6.12.150 Bans: pit bulls and wolf-dog hybrids



There are also further nuances to the different bans concerning "hybrid" animals, whether that be dogs OR cats. For example, in Denver, any animal with a drop of "wild" blood is considered "wild" and can be confiscated under Denver's wild animal ordinance. Typically, most people think of these types of ordinances covering tigers or lions, but it is possible it could be interpreted to confiscate your wolf dog. 


In 2012, Colorado executed a task force that found that there was no need for such bans on wolfdogs because they are not more less likely to attack humans than any other large breed dog. And, so, at the time, there was no legislation specific to banning wolfdogs. I would argue that this same logic could be applied to the current pit bull bans. Science does not support the ban, and neither does common sense. 


Here is a link to the task force overview:

 

http://www.naiaonline.org/articles/article/colorado-task-force-found-no-need-for-wolfdog-ban#sthash.1estYee1.dpbs