Leaked: photos of pit bulls killed due to Denver ban

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The carcass of a young pit bull at Denver's animal shelter in 2006
As part of the feature story on the effectiveness of the Denver's twenty-year-old law outlawing pit bull breeds, Westword posted a photo blog of dogs impounded in a section of the municipal animal shelter known as Pit Bull Row. Now, photographs have surfaced apparently showing some of the estimated 3,487 pit bull carcasses that have been carted away from from the shelter since the ban was enacted.

The photo-taker, who asked to remain anonymous, tells Westword the pictures were taken in 2006 on the grounds of the city animal shelter. According to officials, animals euthanized by the shelter are removed by a contractor for disposal.

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After a one-year moratorium, Denver began to again enforce the pit bull ban in 2005, causing a 77 percent increase in the number of dogs impounded in Pit Bull Row. City records show that between 2005 and 2006, 1,454 pit bulls were put down, leading to the large pile-ups of dead dogs depicted here. Click photos for full size.

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UPDATE 10-12-09: Three more photos of the same scene scanned from the original copies at Westword offices.

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smdh
smdh

when i was oh bout 9 or so my mother bought my sissy and i the most adorable little banny chicks. At first we kept our dachshund from them knowing they would be  chew toys to her. Much to our surprise Dolly was treating them like puppies! licking their faces and cleaning them, one day i went out to the stall to find all the little chicks sleeping by Dolly and she sighed just like she did when she had puppies. My heart got butterflies when the chicks followed there furry mom around the back pasture. I had no doubts....till one day the stalls were not filled with the sound of "peep".."peep"........Dolly massacred them and i was in shock.....but what was even more shocking was how  the next few weeks Dolly sighed when me and my sis went to the stalls to feed...Dolly would lay in what was once the chicks stall and sigh some more it was obvious that she missed her friends so why would she deceive them? Dachshunds were bred to be hunters they will shiver and twitch outside your daughters hamster cage. I like pittbulls but i know wut they are capable of they are an attack dog they will instinctively attack a threat. Just as a border collie will instinctively herd animals and nip there heels with out training. You cant just train them to not do it. Pitt bulls are so sweet but no you cant trust them even if they lick your face and snuggle you they could tear an infant to pieces and they are not evil they are what they are. Every Pitt should wear a shock collar and be in a secure yard, if u own a male cut him if u have small children i would wait to own a pitt not just for your kids sake but for your kids friends sake, who hasnt ever had that annoying friend in grade school who would come in without knocking and call your home phone 24/7. I wish some more steps would have been introduced before the ban. These images are disturbing if your dog is being controlled well why should it be snatched up i understand most pit owners are kinda weird and poor,same with people who obsess over snakes, These people cant even keep there kids usually why should they keep an attack dog oh i forgot everybody wants to rob them for there food stamps.

slallyjr
slallyjr

Also my wife is a professional dog groomer and she's been bit by shih tzus, chow chows, Labrador retrievers, yorkies terriers, usually chihuahuas and go figure never a pit bull. Ever. Fools

slallyjr
slallyjr

You can argue all day long, at the end of the day it's the assholes we elect that make this bullshit legislation into law. Some prick in his dockers was probably walking his bitch poodle and got scared of a pitbull walking because it had muscle tone and a big head. Ten he decided to make a law to ban them. Same guy would cross the street if he saw a big guy walking on his side of the street too afraid of his own shadow to go on about his day. Yes people fight pit bills because they are a strong breed it wouldn't be that exciting for a chihuahua fight would it? That's not the pit bills fault. It's so upsetting because honestly I was a cat person until a year ago I adopted a pit bull and fell in love with how sweet and loving the dog is to our family. You people are fools to think that they are anything but naturally good dogs. It's the people who starve and beat them into fighting that turn them into monsters. Try and take my dog you'll have to go through me first.

sexiired954
sexiired954

FUCK BSL!!!!!!!! YOU ARE SICK PEOPLE!!!! THAT HAVE NO HEART!!! BAN THE DEED NOT THE BREED!!! IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE THE REASON THESE DOGS HAVE THE REPUTATION THAT THEY DO!! let me take your kids that are out gang banging and selling drugs and fighting or bullying other kids in school and ban them put them on death row and start euthanizing them!!  But no that would be wrong right?? well you just did the same thing!!! people are evil, hate full, and in your case ignorant! attacks are caused by bad owners maybe you should start worrying about educating them! ill tell you on thing you show up at my house talking about taking my pitbull away from me cause of a ban that ignorant fucks decided to pass ill be pointing a 12 gauge double barral shot gun in your face...you will taking my dog over my cold dead body!!! I am the oldest of 5 kids the youngest is 3 years old and my pitbull is beyond in love with that child the only thing my dog might do is lick you to death people make them mean they are not born that way!! my pit will die protecting me and ill die protecting my pit no questions asked!!! heres some quick facts for you dumbasses AVERAGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN AMERICA PER YEAR.....440,000 FROM CIGARETTES 42,366 FROM CAR ACCIDENTS 35,000 FROM SECOND HAND SMOKE 29,338 FROM GUNS AND 3 FROM PITBULLS!!!!!!! NOW WHICH OF THESE WOULD YOU BAN??????? ya thats what i thought......enough said!!!!!! fuck ignorance ill ALWAYS support my breed!!

ulquiora
ulquiora

but if you stil defending the pitbull even though it kill human, then your not a human you just a dog in a human costume, becouse you more love an animal more than your family


ulquiora
ulquiora

all this comments is bullshit!!! when you see a pit bull get killed you all would blame the person who kiled it

but when you see your family meat is in the pitbull dog mouth you, will blame the dog

and probably if you get out of controll you would broke that pit bull mouth just like what i did to my good for nothing dog that can only bring painful memorys

ulquiora
ulquiora

momzblue said get a pitbull you might get hapy,somebody ever told me that, but instead my dog kill my father,nobody knows what pitbull might have done so don' talk to soon


ulquiora
ulquiora

rick saw is totaly right


ulquiora
ulquiora

ah pideon is right no need to go againts the goverment all you need to do is to treat your dog with respect


ulquiora
ulquiora

wow all this fight just because a dog? if he somebody want to blame the pitbulls becouse of somebody death, then let him but if you a dog lover and think that pitbulls is innocent than it's okay, we all have different mind, but i only want to say this (MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS and take good care of each pet)


tedderdog
tedderdog

3,487 in twenty years?  Pit owners should be very happy with this number.  It is a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the number euthanized in shelters across the country where there is no BSL.  I do not advocate for or against BSL.  But in comparison, look at the number of dogs euthanized in these select counties in North Carolina in 2010.  These figures are from the state.  I don't know what percentage of these dogs are pits, but should it matter?  They were all unwanted, surrendered, and allowed to be born with no thought for their futures.  From just these counties:

CALDWELL CO. ANIMAL CARE&CONTROL SHELTER2010 dog euthanizations, 2,275

CLEVELAND COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER2010 dog euthanizations, 3,007

CUMBERLAND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL2010 dog euthanizations, 5,193

DAVIDSON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER2010 dog euthanizations, 2,846

DURHAM CO ANIMAL SHELTER2010 dog euthanizations, 2,469

FORSYTH COUNTY DEPT OF ANIMAL CONTROL2010 dog euthanizations, 3,103

GUILFORD COUNTY UNITED ANIMAL COALITION2010 dog euthanizations, 3,477

IREDELL COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL2010 dog euthanizations, 2,104

CHARLOTTE/MECKLENBURG ANIMAL CONTROL2010 dog euthanizations, 4,768

RANDOLPH  CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT2010 dog euthanizations, 2,643

ROWAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER2010 dog euthanizations, 2,475 

slallyjr
slallyjr

Wow I just actually read that. That's extremely subjective and only points to your ignorance. I'm not poor. I have a pit bull. I will give you that most back yard breeders are poor and simply exploit this breed for money thereby destroying their image but no they aren't "attack dogs" they weren't even a breed for very long. They were bred to fight dogs yes. But never bred to be human aggressive. Also that's not instinctive. It's not like they were in woods somehow here hunting and killing and humans domesticated them. I promise you just watch beyond the myth on Netflix about pitbulls. It will at least inform you so you can accurately defend your opinion because right now you sound like an idiot.

rtarp1
rtarp1

@slallyjr   A professional dog groomer?    Oxymoron much?     Hey im a professional floor sweeper. 

rtarp1
rtarp1

@slallyjr pitbulls don't bite , THEY ATTACK until something including itself is dead.

rtarp1
rtarp1

@sexiired954   you support your breed you poor excuse for a human being.  there is a reason pitbulls are banned in 7 countries including Germany and England.    

charliescean0620
charliescean0620

I totally agree with you and I gots some more to say too.

I am a 12 year old girl and I have pit bulls of my own I have lived loved and cared for them. Haha I even pick them up from their abusive owners and from the streets. Do the attack me? No why because I am like a pit bull whisperer. I know how what and why they feel a way and they do to but with me. Pit bulls were nanny dogs now back then they were hunters they hunter hog, coyotes, and other rodents but never in my life that I had walked up to someone to and ask to pet their pit bull they would say NO! it will bite when I get closer does it no. One time I cursed at a man that was in his 40s and I had a pocket knife with me so I was so close from cutting the leash from the little black puppy pit bull that was called names and kicked at and punched in the face and in public and when that same man jogging by me not letting the puppy rest the puppy was stumbling to me for HELP and I was fighting the man because he wanted what he wanted to do and the puppy was quenched he did not have any water. And I was sooo F$&#IN' PISSED MAN. i have a pit bull and her name is Hoochie Girl. And she knows what I feel and I know what she feels. And she is 2yrs old and when she is with me and I am bursting into tears or scared she throws my arm like it was dead put her head under my arm my arm would rest and look at me like I did to her. And it is like she is telling me, "it is ok Arianna it is ok I am here there is nothing to worry about I know what you feel." When I go out side she is with me. And she can't tell if some one is gonna hurt my family or me and someone who won't hurt me or my family. And people would fight their pit bull just to be FAGGS and if a pit bull is a demon that is because their owner is a demon. I know the full history of a pit bull. And if people think I am wrong come say it to my face and maybe we can see what happens and the only person who hates pit bulls and tries to prove me wrong they would need medical attention. And people who hate pit bulls I know that I will be your most worst nightmare. AND THE PEOPLE WHO ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Pit bulls yous kool. But if you hate pit bulls just go "SLIT YOUR WRIST, GET PISSED, AND GO JUMP OFF A CLIF." cuz you are fagget ass idiots who have no taste in breeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And pit bulls would sacrifice their own life for their owner and I would do the same for every pit bull in the world!!!!!!!!!! All the people that hate pit bull are a P#$$^S who can go and F$&# them selves.

Whoa finally let that out

takaangel2
takaangel2

@ulquiora  lmao Why don't you try and learn how to write in English properly before you type... Just that alone shows how ignorant you really are. 



slallyjr
slallyjr

You're an idiot, an absolute, pure unadulterated idiot. I have a pit bull and he's the sweetest friendliest dog I've ever had. Dogs have attacked him and he stops them and then licks them. You're a fool and it's people like you who should be put down. What's next kill all people who work out and train mma or boxing? Why because they are good fighters. The owners ruin dogs it's not at all the dogs fault. You are as dumb as your grammar is bad.

oxjulia143xo
oxjulia143xo

wtf are you even talking about I'm not over here saying that because I see a lot of niggers act like animals there's all animals I own 3 pit bulls and they would die for me love kids and all other animals so unless all pit bulls expect mine are bad then your definitely wrong like I said are all niggers animals no!! Figure out what your typing before u type it you would stupid. A dog in a humans body seriously? Dumb ass

slallyjr
slallyjr

You're as dumb as your grammar is bad. I have a pitbull and he would die for our family. What's next you ignorant fool, kill all people who train boxing or martial arts because were aggressive to? I hope you get a shih tzu and eat bites your face off you idiot

princess.cakehouse
princess.cakehouse

@ulquiora sorry pit or no pit u don't know what ur father not saying he did could of done something behind ur back in being a bully to ur dog it can be so many things u know any dog can get stress out about not being walk I bet u had ur dog in the back yard u never walked him that will say a lot about u and why ur dog did what he did if u don't social lise ur dog they do shit !!!!!!!! I got attack by a family and friendly LAB WOW YES A LAB SO ITS NOT JUST PITS BUT like this dog was never social lise

slallyjr
slallyjr

It is my business when owning my dog is being threatened by legislature. Cops coming to kill my dog because other people have decided to is my business. You can think what you want about it you can even hate them but when you vote to take my rights away that I've bled for overseas. That is my business

slallyjr
slallyjr

Yea but these pits in Colorado aren't all unwanted gangbanger fight dogs they are dogs seized by the state and euthanized 1500 in a year many if them family dogs that never hurt anyone ever, killed merely for being alive. I think they did that before in world war 2 to Jews. Should we be happy about that too

eve03
eve03

@tedderdog Agreed. This photo could be taken at most any animal shelter in the US. Denver pit bull owners could have done more to protect their breed and ensure the public safety. It is pit bull advocacy that fails their breed time and again.

rtarp1
rtarp1

@slallyjr  I think he makes complete sense except for the poor part. its not that they are poor its that they are fucking retarded,  you can have money and be a retard just like slallyjr proved.

slallyjr
slallyjr

I dunno do people with close cropped hair wash their head? Also they, like any dog, require their nails to be cut and their ears to be cleaned. Grooming doesn't always mean fluffing their hair up like a show poodle. It also means to wash, care for nails, clean ears etc. so to answer your question people who love their pitbulls groom them.

charliescean0620
charliescean0620

Haters gotta hate. I know but with pit bulls that when the evil and threatening me come out you mess with me Imma make you wish you were never born!!!!!!!!

THIS GOES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT HATE MY FAVORITE DOG IN THE WORLD. IF ANY BODY HURTS AND PIT BULL YOU HURT ME......!!!!

rtarp1
rtarp1

@oxjulia143xo  niggers?     what is it with redneck asshole racists and pitbulls?  I hope your dog eats your face off.

coyotegal
coyotegal

@slallyjr tell that to the family who lost thier 1 year old baby to a 'family' pit whom the baby slept with, played with.. a well cared for dog.. who tore the infant to pieces on his first birthday after he was trying to pull himself up by grabbing the dog.  Your the dumb one and your family is in danger and your to stupid to know it!


smdh
smdh

@slallyjr  um are u inclining that some jews deserved that!?

tedderdog
tedderdog

And most of the dogs euthanized in shelters are owner-surrendered.  That means their owners didn't give a rat's a55 what happened to them.  They're a dime a dozen.  Many owners of pits consider them yard animals that are throwaway possessions.  If you want to get ill at someone...get ill at the OWNERS of these pits.

tedderdog
tedderdog

Comparing the lives of 6 million human beings to 1500 dogs... How old are you? 12?

rtarp1
rtarp1

@charliescean0620  I am 6ft 200lbs with low bodyfat, if your monster pibull comes near my family it will die( I carry a knife just for them) . threaten me and I will punch the shit out of you.    


hope you never meet me  :)

slallyjr
slallyjr

I'm sorry about your cat. I love cats too. I agree all dogs should be kept in a yard and walked on a leash. I'm also sorry your granddaughter was attacked. I was attacked by a black lab as a kid. That's the reason I liked only cats until I grew up. Anyway I'm glad unlike most people on this post you have sense to you. All pit bulls are not bad. I've been rehabbing them with my wife. Ex fight dogs that are now family dogs. I see the love in their eyes. It's heartbreaking that people single them out. That's why I'm so upset. I see my little gotti and he wags his tail licks my hands when I pet him and jumps on the couch to lay with me and I think of all the other families out there that have had that experience taken from them because of this ban. It's not just Denver it's spreading and I just want to make people aware and not be so closed minded. So thanks for not being a statistic

coyotegal
coyotegal

@slallyjr   You have no Idea of who I am yet you call me an opinionated suburban middle class pig?? Ha! Now not only are you stupid, but your funny!  Also, to insinuate that I wish every pitbull to be annihilated is absurd! The dogs are dangerous, yes.  Nothing you can say will sway my opinion, but I do believe that most of the problems come from the owner not taking care to - among other important actions,  making  sure the dog cant hurt anyone by keeping the dog on a strong leash when in public. By not allowing the dog to roam freely in the neighborhood and by not allowing the dog to be left alone with small children and senior adults. And because of this, people are being maimed, mauled and killed. 

  I love all animals and that includes pitbulls, still I am aware of the situation with them and hate knowing that some people just will not face the truth and act accordingly.  You see, I have a young granddaughter who was attacked for no reason by a pit bull inside of a friends house while I was in the bathroom.  There were people in the living room with her when it happened and they were able to handle the dog, so thank God, she wasn't scarred for life! Also,  I happen to have several cats in my family and several months ago, I had to watch a free roaming pit bull come into my yard where he grabbed my cat Jiggles and instantly broke her neck. All before I could do anything about it.  The dog is still alive and the owners agreed to keep him in his yard, which they have managed to do faithfully.  The pictures here make me sad too. It's too bad you feel more for animal than you do a human since you wish such a horrible thing on others just for having an opinion.  You have yours and I wouldn't wish that on you. Have a nice life and good luck with your pit bull.


slallyjr
slallyjr

I'm stupid but I at least know how I properly use the adjective form of the word you're*. Anyway I guarantee you if I sat down for ten minutes on google I could find a baby maulled by a cat or maybe a loveable little Labrador. You're all so hateful of these dogs out of fear. Because they look intimidating, you damn their reputation to that of an almost criminal connotation. There are bad pitbulls. There are bad people. There are bad poodles. But to slaughter a species of dog based on the mishandling of ignorant owners is to deny our own humanity in giving these animals a chance at living a life of love. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. The thought of all you privelaged opinionated suburban middle class pigs promoting the annihilation of the pitbull angers me so deeply I hope that one day something you love, as dearly as I love my pitbull, is taken from you, killed and put on display on this website.

slallyjr
slallyjr

I'm stupid but I at least know how I properly use the adjective form of the word you're*. Anyway I guarantee you if I sat down for ten minutes on google I could find a baby maulled by a cat or maybe a loveable little Labrador. You're all so hateful of these dogs out of fear. Because they look intimidating, you damn their reputation to that of an almost criminal connotation. There are bad pitbulls. There are bad people. There are bad poodles. But to slaughter a species of dog based on the mishandling of ignorant owners is to deny our own humanity in giving these animals a chance at living a life of love. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. The thought of all you privelaged opinionated suburban middle class pigs promoting the annihilation of the pitbull angers me so deeply I hope that one day something you love, as dearly as I love my pitbull, is taken from you, killed and put on display on this fucking website.

smdh
smdh

@slallyjr  oh and by comparing that some gang banger fighter dogs do deserve to be killed but nice dogs don't then suggesting the Jews were treated the same is IMPLYING that SOME Jews deserved what they got opposed to good Jews? and you wonder why i assumed you were army

smdh
smdh

@slallyjr selfish man u obviously care more about a dog then humans do you think people make up these horror story's for the fuck of it? There real and one human life is worth the slaughter of one DOG breed. You could be more empathetic to the people who have had loved ones dye!.....and i dont hate pitt bulls i respect them enough to know better.A childless couple with a high fenced yard is prolly fine the majority of pitt bull nutters are ignorant and cant afford to have a large dog breed. I wanted one really bad but id like a dog that will protect my family not eat it!


smdh
smdh

@slallyjr  i spelt like one thing wrong big deal and funny someone who makes weapons of mass destruction to wipe out any threat to the u.s wouldn't  understand this concept?


slallyjr
slallyjr

Also I'm a nuclear engineer in the navy. Not army. You can barely spell and you want to call me a slow thinker because you thought I was army? So that's bullshit. Our military allows losers like you to have the freedom to comment on topics like this. Don't you dare offend service members. Weve done more for you than you will ever know. How dare you.

slallyjr
slallyjr

Everyone should watch beyond the myth on Netflix about the pit bull bans. Only the ignorant are actually against these dogs. Anyone who really knows dogs knows that these dogs are great they are misunderstood due to their surroundings. If all you bitchy little suburban housewives were raised with them instead of labs and shih tzus then maybe you would see.

slallyjr
slallyjr

No haha. Really?? You obviously don't understand sarcasm or when to use the word 'imply' rather than 'incline'

slallyjr
slallyjr

Btw the ban was in effect yea but the seizures only started in 2008 oct-march approx 1500 were killed. Just saying

smdh
smdh

@slallyjr  hmm army hmm sensing slow thinker......OMG  its forest gump!


tedderdog
tedderdog

Although I have four shotguns and a S&W 642, I have managed never to kill anyone.  Yet.

tedderdog
tedderdog

True, unless they are gun thieves.

slallyjr
slallyjr

The only people who kill people with guns are gun owners.

tedderdog
tedderdog

The only people who abuse pits are pit owners.

tedderdog
tedderdog

The ban has been in Denver for about twenty years or so. Common sense and the law says no pits.  Since you were in the military you must understand what following the law means. You don't question...you just do as the law (or rule) says. The ban is in place because the council and citizens wanted it and that is their right as a community. So don't go to Denver with a pit if you want to keep it. Simple.  As I said, only 1500? A drop in the bucket considering how many pits are put to death in many other cities where there is NO ban. The Denver ban prevents mass-breeding, dog-fighting and abuse  and mass euthanization of pits in that city.

slallyjr
slallyjr

I agree be mad at the owners but that's not what the ban is. The ban is stating that if you own a bull breed it will be taken and killed. Owners that surewnder their dogs is a different story and wouldn't make the papers. Dare someone to try and take my dog from me

slallyjr
slallyjr

26 year old navy veteran thanks

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