Inside Denver's "Pit Bull Row"

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In this week's Westword, Jared Jacang Maher investigates whether twenty years of outlawing pit bulls in Denver has made the city safer. (You can also read more about the numbers of dogs killed in "Pit Bull Row"). Here, a photo tour of the city's "pit bull row," the home of Denver's confiscated pit bulls (and the place where thousands have been euthanized over the years). Photos by Anthony Camera. Text by Maher.

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In 1989, Denver City Council passed a law banning pit bulls. Any dog suspected of having a majority mix of the breed is impounded at the municipal animal shelter at 678 South Jason Street.

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Suspected pit bulls are housed in a special section of the shelter known as "pit bull row."

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Each dog is evaluated by three shelter employees to see if it has the "the majority of the characteristics" of the three pit bull breeds defined in the ordinance: American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier.

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Since 1992, 5,286 pit bulls have been impounded by the city under the ordinance.


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johnwinstonks
johnwinstonks

Denver is a shitstain on the planet, ANYONE THAT WORKS AT THIS SHELTER OR ANY SHELTER LIKE IT IS A PIECE OF SHIT! YOU ARE ALL GOING TO HELL, I WOULD LIKE TO WATCH YOU BURN.  I WILL NEVER VISIT OR SPEND ONE CENT IN DENVER. FUCK DENVER!

hawley906
hawley906

Shame on you denver you suck i hate denver anyway

Treehugger
Treehugger

Rescued an abused pit and she has NEVER harmed another, dog, person, or animal. Proof that she is capable of love, gentleness and FORGIVENESS.

St3lladeleono
St3lladeleono

Adopt your dogs from Denver! My pit x is a pound puppy and the sweetest dog ever. He is a better family dog then the Danes I have owned!! Ignorance is bliss I guess.

marie
marie

evry people there do this with thise dog will go to hell in next life think abaut that next time you kill a dog its a familie dog people ther care theres dog and love them of all there heart and you take them just to destroye them thats no menining to do this take this dam lov awaye again so they animal can live in love with they familie  i am from danmark i hope the goverment will stop this killing its like it is a vor like hitler in the s2 wor he was a bad person please stop it think with your heart  thanck you 

marie
marie

stop killing this dog for god sick we do not play god ho live and ho shal die kill people insted they are sick to do this witaut veben they are nothing in this world i am a animal lover and i care al animal the humen are the worst thing in this world they are ugly and egoistisk wit no braine they destroued the nice thing in the world vere is the love an care for the animal and not only small dog but olso big dog is very beautiful stop killing them i will never be a part of this cruel 

Kellysmokeshado
Kellysmokeshado

If these Pit Bulls are sooooo vicious...how come they look so scared and not mauling the people holding them hostage. SHAME ON YOU DENVER! YOU SUCK!

mwnotary
mwnotary

I think this is absolutley discusting. these are god's creatures. and anyone that is involved with this horrible punishment to these animals, will be punished by him for it.It might take a few years, but he will punish you or someone that is very important to you, your children, your spouse , your parents. or you yourself. he will not let this terrible deed go unpunished. and if you don't believe in him you will by the time he's done with you.

Rudylucero
Rudylucero

this needs to stop, killing good dogs because they are pitbulls its just wrong.

Ehvh21707
Ehvh21707

This is atrocious! What a waste of perfectly lovely dogs! All this kind of BSL does is perpetrate the myths about pitbulls. It needs to be taken off the books! Stop this 'ethnic cleansing' NOW!

Jkrumsieg
Jkrumsieg

Sergeant Curtis Bradley is a fool if a person comes in youre yard its open target you go into a cops yard and see what happens

Danie
Danie

THIS IS SICK! I CANT BELIVE THAT STUPID PROPLE WOULD BE SO SCARED THAT THEY WOULD KILL AN INNOCENT CREATURE!!! HOW COULD THE WOURLD BE SO BAD THAT WE LET ANIMALS DRIVE US TO ... TO SUCH INNHUMANE CRUELTY!!! STUPID PEOPLE NEED TO REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY SAY BECAUSE THE WORST THING THESE DOGS WILL DO IS TRY TO PROTECT YOU IF YOU RAISE THEM RIGHT.

C_keenan2001
C_keenan2001

Stuipd ignorant f---s. It's just like in Ontario where dogs are impounded based on how they look and if you have an innocent dog so sad too bad. :P

Teresakay
Teresakay

This is idiotic and HAS to stop. It breaks my heart to see the fear in those babies eyes. This is cruelty to animals and it's a law!!

Tracye
Tracye

A Pitt Bull dog is JUST THE SAME AS ANY OTHER DOG really if given the proper chance, what i would like to see is a law passed that PEOPLE who don't know how to properly raise themselves or children in this world, be not allowed to own a dog of this breed, just like the Doberman, even the Cocker Spaniel has been labelled one of the most vicious dogs of our time, known to attack children. If you really look at the breed, it is usually and i bet almost 95% of the time, the owner's fault in this breed being labelled. How can one breed of dog be put into cages and JUDGED ON THEIR CHARACTERISTICS when there are people out there murdering their own wives and children for God Sakes, PEOPLE WAKE UP !!!! These dogs didn't ask to be brought into the world, they are alone, and frightened and to end up on a pile of euthanized companions because of THEIR BREED really needs to be ADDRESSED !

Zbyszek
Zbyszek

To jest nie poważne i głupie jak można tak mysleć ? Zbyszek z Poland

Aliciamayberry308
Aliciamayberry308

I have a pitbull/american bulldog mix his name is Duncan and he is 12 wks old and yet he is a very sweet and loving he loves my children and loves to play! He isn't the first pit or pit mix that we have owned in the past we love the breed all though our pits were gentle I understand that some stupid people use them as fighting dogs and treat them very badly! And if were able I would take all the pitbulls that I could possible afford!

John Davis
John Davis

I want all the people that are involved in the murder of these animals need to be slaughtered as these innocent animals were, HOW SICK!!! SCUM!

Nathan mark rice
Nathan mark rice

Wher's PETA NOW. I hate these idiots, Since I will be moving to CO in a few years, or rather asap cause that's where my youngest daughter lives, i plan on buying a good bit of property and I can't think of anything better than to help save as many of these dogs as possible and relocate them to other states that will adopt out THE WORLDS MOST MISUNDERSTOOD DOG. I think one of the REAL reason's they are trying to separate PATRIOTIC AMERICANS FROM THE MOST PATRIOTIC DOG IN AMERICAN HISTORY is because when they try to police state us and enslave us our partner in the fight for freedom next to our guns is our STRONG AMERICAN PIT BULLS.

Anonymous
Anonymous

the assholes who push for the death of a sweet wonderful breed of dog should be put on their own death list!! and to hell with them.

mattie
mattie

omg ppl who voted to ban the breed r total bitches!!!y the HELL r the dogs being blamed for there owners!this breaks my heart!if u hate pitbulls,and those related to them,fuk u.We would b under controll by the germans if there wasent a pitty named stuby.Go look up pitbulls in the librairy they r loyal,best behaved,and some ppl r wasting this for fiting reasons.if my state banned pitbulls i would litterely walk door to door and ask wat did u vote 4 ban or keep?idc if u think pits r mean,viceus,or evil,wat about the owners?pitbulls r the BEST dogs a kid or any 1 can have!!!I had a pit who died for me,to this day i see his ghost in my room, i dont get scared,i feel forgiven

Gregory Brands
Gregory Brands

impeccable post. i loved it a lot. thanks for sharing such an amazing post. the Pit Bull sounds great to me. the cage and the small dog inside is just too amazing to watch for. thanks.

NoName
NoName

Dogs are not evil. Dogs are not demonic. Dogs are not deceptive.Dogs are not filth.

If you can not comprehend what I am saying, you do not know dogs. If you know dogs, you know what I am saying. "Demonic" things do not manifest themselves in the form of a dog, or any animal. And dogs were with humans through our history. Evil forces in dogs are the product of our own, paranoid, fearful minds. If dogs possessed paranoid and fearful minds that felt as if the other conscious beings around them were the manifestations of demons, then they would have left our sides already, in the fear that we ourselves were infact demonic.

Trent Jordan
Trent Jordan

This line of reasoning is fallacious because this person assumes that learning only occurs when a dog is formally trained by its owner. This idea is both naive and arrogant.

danny B
danny B

I think if we are going to ban pits we should ban other things that are dangerous. The first is knifes. millions of people each year get cut by knifes, some knifes turn on their wielders and strike when the owner isnt looking other knifes are used by their owners to attack women and kids each year millions of people are mutilated by knifes. we should also euthanize retired military personal who are know to "loose it" randomly without warning. they're trained killing machines, ticking time bombs if you will. We should also ban marriage spouse are known to drive each other to suicide or even kill each other. We should also ban water, you know you can drown in water !!!! kids , kids drown in water and so do old people poor helpless defenseless old people. we should also ban hot dogs lots of innocent people choke and die on hot dogs hot dogs deaths are also related to alcohol, millions of defenseless people die from alcohol related deaths and sometimes they kill kids and old people !!!

I have a 3 year old am staff/ amer bull terrier. My aunt has triplets who are all 2 years old, they crawl all over him poke him in the eyes and pull on his face and you know what he does SLEEP! He is the most affectionate dog ever.And for all all you anti pitbull people heres my one question for you. Have you ever in your entire fucking life even come into physical contact with a pitbull?

Neil Kornswiet
Neil Kornswiet

The big problem in Nature is the human kind. And the city dwellers that never have had a pet, never learned how incredible teachers animals are, never had another being love them unconditionally, those who sit inside all day playing video games, watching porn and eating junk food, those who have completely lost touch with Nature..

Neil Kornswiet
Neil Kornswiet

The big problem in Nature is the human kind. And the city dwellers that never have had a pet, never learned how incredible teachers animals are, never had another being love them unconditionally, those who sit inside all day playing video games, watching porn and eating junk food, those who have completely lost touch with Nature..

Melissa
Melissa

I could literally be sick right now- This is ignorance displayed at its finest.

erin
erin

people think pittbulls are bad but no its just the way people train them to be pittbulls are the sweetest and most cutest dogs around. I have a pitt who is the sweetest. There very smart too. my pittbull is protective of our friends,family, and house. My pittbull saved my life. I alm ost got ran over by a car and my pittbull ran in the road even though he has an electric fence he took the pane from the feance and pushed me out of the way so i wouldnt die.Animal cruelty is wrong dont torture a pittbull just bc of its breed.

I LUV PITTBULLS

You lose
You lose

I stopped letting contracts to BSL areas when this all started. Perfectly viable companies too, it's a shame. It's costing you millions, maybe more.

MARISSA
MARISSA

I THINK ALL DOGS DESERVE A 2 CHANCE ITS NOT THERE FOLT THAT THERE OWNERS ARE STUPID I HAVE TWO PITBULLS AND THEY ARE LOVEING AND THEY LOVE MY LITTLE GIRL PITBULLS ARE GREAT DOGS IF THEY GO TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE...PLZ GIVE THESE DOGS ONE MORE CHANCE...THEY ARE REALLY GREAT PETS MORE LIKE FAMILY..DONT KILL THEM....I LOVE PITBULLS...

LIL PIT
LIL PIT

I don't understand why they band pit for. Is not the animal who acted mean or being "Dangerous". They should blame the people who raise them in that matter. I own a Pit myself and i got her from some asswhole who use her as a bait. She was scared and she didn't want nothing to do with anybody or anything but you know what she overcome it. She's friendly and she love people and she even save 4 baby kittys. So don't get mad at the dogs get mad at the owner who can't treat them like any other dogs out there. It's sad that they are doing these to pits but yet they say that lab dogs bite the most and attack people.

Ted
Ted

In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side. ~Theodore Forstmann

Kelsey
Kelsey

Not all pit bulls are mean they turn mean when you abuse them. I think its not right to ban pit bulls because there not really bad there more dogs that are meaner than pit bulls i have a three yr. old pit bull and he is not mean he's good around kids he whatch my brother makes sure he dont go any where he protect they family. I think that law is really just plain right out stupid. NOT ALL PIT BILLS ARE BAD! People that say pit bulls should be banned thay are just jugeding them on how they think all pit bulls act like i said above not all pit bulls are bad its their owner who is bad for making them mean by abuseing them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If you idiots were smart you would understand the fact that pitbulls aren't the issue here, it's the pitbulls owners, they TRAIN them to fight and pitts are loyal to there owners, all they want is to please the people who teach them, and they dont it's bad they're just doing what they were taught, i have 2 pitts and have had many in the past they never even growled at anyone, they are the sweetest dogs ever, they're nicer than my yorkie i mean come on............. STOP BSL, PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED

pittbull lover
pittbull lover

this is messed up I'm in tears right now. Its like if you choose a race of humans who seem "dangerous" and kill them all. WHAT A CRUEL THING TO DO!

Anonymous
Anonymous

i am an animal lover! i have 2 pits an i gave then a second chance! they are so sweet and every pit ive come into contact with has wanted to show me nothing but love an excitement theres gotta be something else!

Kaylee
Kaylee

these dogs definetly don't need to be put to death for what bad owners did to them.They could be trained and made into perfect pets ,but some people are too lazy to take the time and effort to train them,It kills me to see these poor dogs like this.

Corine Wright
Corine Wright

I have owned several pit bulls over the years and none of them were aggresive!! I raised them from puppies and did not teach them to fight or be aggresive. They are like our children! Would you kill your 2 or 3 year old child if they misbehaved or threw a temper tantrum? I think not!! My daughter went through her terrible two's and didn't get put to sleep for it. So all of you that are killing dogs just because of a certain breed are crazy!! How can you sleep knowing you are killing innocent animals that have been put on this earth by God. You should be putting the people to sleep that teach these animals to fight and kill!!!!! These pictures discuss me!!

Mary
Mary

I seem to recall the same thing happening to Jewish people in WWII...where's the army for these innocent animals?

jamn
jamn

"The Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs, a Colorado group made up of veterinary associations and animal welfare groups, gathered information from animal control divisions across the state. Their report found that the severity of pit bull bites -- 1 being a "bruising" and 5 being a "maul (serious bodily injury)" -- was about the same as bites from breeds such as Australian Cattle Dogs and Akitas, and below breeds such as American Bull Dogs, Dalmatians and Dachshunds."

From investigation to impound to euthanization, it costs the city roughly $256 per dog.

REALLY???? SO YOUR STUPID CITY HAS SPENT 895,232 DOLLARS ON KILLING ANIMALS?

The recent case of a Pomeranian that was banned from Aspen shows that any dog breed can be vicious.

But which breeds have killed in Colorado? As this list reveals, out of nine reported dog attack fatalities in the state since 1980, pit bulls were responsible for two.

jennifer (edited)
jennifer (edited)

This makes me saddened and disguested. I don't understand how you can blame a dog for it's behavior. It's his owners job and responsiblity to raise the animal correctly. The blame should go to them for a mishap or an accident, that can occurr with ANY BREED OF DOG. When your child is raised incorrectly or not corrected or treated well when he or she is being brought up, and does some horrible thing. Who is the FIRST PERSON to be blamed? THE PARENT. That is what these supposed "owners" are to these dogs.

The AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER was bred to origionally fight bears and boars. it was then that the tenacity for pleasing their owners were they taught to be fighters. Unfortuately, it is breed in them to be ANIMAL agressive. NOT people agressive. That comes from bad training, abuse and neglect. If you have one of these dogs as a family member you CANNOT be ignorant to the fact was BRED into them for hundreds of years. Your dog at some point, can attack another dog or animal. It is that simple, just like you cannot train a greyhound not to run or small terriers not to dig. IT'S IN THEIR NATURE. I don't care what anyone says about their dog WOULD NEVER do something. It is always a possiblity. Training and socilizing from a young age is so important with big and powerful breeds like the APT.

YOU need to aware and knowledgeable about the dog you intend to bring into your life. Know it's lineage, learn all you can about a breed before making a decision about bring one into your home. They are handfuls, but they are well worth the fight. I have grown up around The AMPT and similiar breesd. I have seen them lunge and attack another dog. It's the upbrining that makes the dog who it is. They are the most gently, amazing and loving dogs you can find. They think they are lap dogs, they are used for therapy dogs. Some places use them as drug sniffing dogs. They make the WORST gaurd dogs immaginable. They are TOO LOVING to attack a humane if they have been taught right and wrong and shown the love and compassion they deserve.

This is HITLER back in motion, this is racsim against a breed of animal and these "educated" people are disgusting and I don't understand how they sleep at night. Why do you think some wolves and sharks were hunted because of ONE bite or ONE animal was attacked by them, to the point of extinction? BECAUSE PEOPLE FEAR WHAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

Sergeant Stubby, is the most decorated dog in military history. He was a Pit Bull Mix who fought in the trenches of France during WWI. http://pitbullextreme.com/pit-...

Petey, the lovable dog from the little rascals was a pitbull. He was constantly around young children. Were they ever attacked? No.

Michael Vick had dog fighting ring, he ruined and destroyed so many innocent animals. Why? because THEY WOULDNT FIGHT BACK. THE WEREN'T TOUGH ENOUGH FOR HIM TO SEE THEM AS ANY MORE OF A USE TO WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. He saw them as money and when they didnt bring him any, they threw them away like trash. That is no way to live or be treated. The majority of the dogs they took from him, were rehabiliated and are not living out happy and healthy new lives with new families like the deserve. EXPLAIN THAT.

You can't take your fear and aggression out on innocent animals who would do anything for their owners to the point of death. Just to please them. Annilate the people that treat them horribly, starve them, prode them, drown them, electricute them, punch them, kick them, hit them, tie chains around them, leave them to die when they are no longer of use to them, pull out teeth, cut ears with scissors, and make them fear the ones who took an oath, the ones who are supposed to love them and protect them.

An APT or similar breed was not born into the world, ready to be the agressive, viscious killer they are being portrayed to be. They are born just like every other dog, blind, defensless and waiting for someone to love them and teach them right and wrong. They DO understand the difference.

Anyone who agrees with this, maybe you should be the ones being put down for being just as ignorant as the people in Denver.

Maddy
Maddy

Yea i'm with sparkles. This isn't the dogs fault it's the owners. A pit bull isn't mean or a bad breed of dog. It's these stupid people that fight and mistreat these animals. I have two pits and if I could have more I would. It's not the dogs people IT'S THE RETARDED OWNERS AND STUPID PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE THIS BULL

Mary
Mary

I seem to remember Hitler doing this to Jews.

Where the hell is the amy for these dogs????

idunna
idunna

Please do a little research!!! PETA does SUPORT the ban and mass euthanasia of the breed!!! However they do stand behind “no cruelty” to animals and that is why you read all the stories about PETA “rescuing” Pit Bulls. These “rescued” Pits are then disposed of.  http://www.workingpitbull.com/...

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