Pit bull ban vote expected in Aurora -- but what other Colorado cities ban pits?

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For years, we've covered the controversy over pit-bull bans -- policies that pit-bull activists feel punish the breed when those truly at fault for attacks or other incidents are poor owners.

Last night, the Aurora City Council gave preliminary approval to move forward on a series of ballot measures for the November election, including a vote about potentially overturning the community's pit bull ban. But Aurora is hardly the only place in Colorado with such an ordinance in place. Look below to get the complete list, featuring photos from a previous pit-bull-ban protest.

Note: Information about pit bull bans and Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) courtesy of DumbFriendsLeague.org.

Aurora

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Photo by Nick Lucchesi. Click to see the post "Pit bull protest photos."
Ordinance: Section:14-75

Bans: pit bulls (Aurora formerly banned all fighting breeds)

Castle Rock

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Photo by Nick Lucchesi. Click to see the post "Pit bull protest photos."
Ordinance: Section: 6.02

Bans: pit bulls

Commerce City

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Photo by Nick Lucchesi. Click to see the post "Pit bull protest photos."
Ordinance: Section: 4-8

Bans: pit bulls

Denver

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Photo by Nick Lucchesi. Click to see the post "Pit bull protest photos."
Ordinance: Section: 8-55

Bans: pit bulls

Continue to learn about other Colorado cities that ban pit bulls.


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keshahayes1994
keshahayes1994

At the end of the day a dog is a dog. They will defend themselves if they feel threatened, you're within their territory and etc. If someone wants to own any type of dog they are responsible to train and teach them to what is allowed and what is not. All around teaching them to not be the Alpha dog. I have a mix and he's 100% blind now (he's 4 years old and adopted from a shelter). We think because his previous owner recognized he had some type of disability, he was used as a bait dog. Denver Animal Control found him and they gave him a second chance when sending him to a shelter to he helped. We say him one day licking through his kennel and I fell in love. He was scared, hated tall men (especially with hats) and hated loud noises. After working with him for months (about 15) he is now total dependent but can fool anyone. I feel he doesn't want to loose a good situation he's in now. He's very protective with me if I'm home alone or is someone walks up behind me. But if I take control and show him I have confidence he's totally docile. He won't even flinch. But this took a lot of training. If a stranger comes into the house he is very protective. What dog wouldn't? But if we're home and someone comes into the house, if they are brought into the house, he's calm. He comes sniffs and licks and goes back to his kennel. We as responsible owners do take responsibility to warn people our dogs are loose during the day. My 8 month old, Doberman, is a bit of a train wreck and is still being trained but yet again we, as owners, are responsible to train him on how to react. He's a baby and still in puppy mode. But he's being trained to know what can be done and what cannot be done. Now I am not saying we are training our dogs to be attack or guard dogs because we are not. We do not want our dogs to attack anyone or anything, besides leave. Our puppy loves to attack leaves... But I cannot control if an intruder just breaks into my home and my dogs laches onto them.Dogs are animals and will react as animals in such situations. Step onto their territory when they are in control (such as roaming the house when we are not home) they will protect it. Just like humans. You break into my house when I am home then you beater be ready to get it your ass handed to you. But with warning, if they choose to ignore it then that's their fault. But regardless of breed don't assume if it's not labeled as an "aggressive" breed it won't bite you. Any dog can bite you. Does not matter the genetic make up. A lot of times if people understood how to approach a dog correctly and how to read dog language, they'd be safer. Never approach a dog that is not yours. Know YOUR dogs body language and habits. If your dog growls when you go near its food, then there is your warning sign. Now Im not saying all victims' injuries are at their own fault because they are not. But parents pay attention to your kids. Dog owners know where your dogs are at all times and supervise the two together. Put up signs. ETC! People know what to do and what not to do. At the end of the day a dog is a dog and it's going to act and respond they way it was trained. Without training any dog can become aggressive and/or dominate. With training (and dedication), a dog can be controlled. It is an animal and people tend to forget that. I don't agree with BSL because it doesn't prevent people getting bit by other dogs and to be honest I'm more afraid of being bit by a smaller breed than a big one. But I still approach dogs I know (that are not mine) with respect and caution, regardless of size and breed. I really do hope Aurora and Denver comes to reality of it. ( Also a lot of shelter in Denver-Aurora area label "pits", not an actual breed name, as mixes or other type of dogs in order to save their lives, I find it quite amazing that these shelters do what they can to keep them alive)

Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

pit is a nickname from the 1800s, it merely means that you fight your dog in the pits for money. So any dog can be can technically be a pit. Bulls are a type of dog, not a breed. SO, any dog can be banned if the elected officials feel they need to ban it.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Pits are terrible dogs and only their delusional owners think they're good dogs. Even if they aren't aggressive, they're stupid as fuck. I have yet to meet a pit bull that listens to their owner. I have yet to see a pit bull who can sit, shake, or roll over on command. They need to be kenneled up all day because otherwise they'll tear apart your house. They're aggressive towards other breeds of dogs, but usually not toward other pits. Both my brother and best friends own pits, and while not aggressive, they never listen and jump all over company.

Jeremy Getafterit Sterling
Jeremy Getafterit Sterling

Splitting hairs! A pit is a pit... My buddy breeds pits and his paper work says Blue Pitbull nothing about an umbrella...

Kristin Leigh Anderson
Kristin Leigh Anderson

"Pitbull" is an umbrella term that typically includes bull terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers (which isn't an AKC-recognized breed), Staffordshire terriers, and generally any dog that is bulky and has a large head

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

Yes, the dogs aren't naturally violent. The owners are to blame for their misbehaving. Ban the owners from having any dog.

Chef David Edelstein M
Chef David Edelstein M

I find it very interesting that all the pit bull owners put alot of effort into talk talk talking about the bans in Aurora and Denver, yet have never actually done (or genuinely supported) anything to get rid of them. Attending city council meetings IS FREE, showing up at a demonstration for an hour IS FREE, participating in a campaign to draw in the federal government IS FREE... yet 99% of efforts are wasted on comment boards like this one. Whats that tell ya about those who think breed bans should go? Once upon a time, we formed an organization with the sole purpose of having the ban in Denver removed. We were always told "It cant be done" yet we pushed forward. Several years later... we agree removing the ban in Denver cant be done... but not because it can be done, rather... there is no genuine support to make it happen: JUST talk. The tragedy is... dogs pay the price for the human short coming, not humans themselves. PS... those who take the greatest offense to this are typically the worst offenders of complacency.

Chef David Edelstein M
Chef David Edelstein M

Technically, Denver and Aurora (& Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Commerce, La Junta, Louisville and Ft Lupton) are "Home Rule" authority cities and their local laws trump state law. To shut down BSL in these cities, you have to go up to the federal level or actually commit to a recall campaign of those city's sitting city councils.

Jl Cacy
Jl Cacy

Media. Media creates the spin. Pressure your LOCAL news stations to report facts... not fears.

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

Fine and punish irresponsible, neglectful and abusive dog owners, don't punish an entire breed type.

Matt Pierce
Matt Pierce

Dogs are a perfect reflection of their owners. 'Nuff said.

whosdp
whosdp

Since it seems, all are agreed on people being the problem, the question is, what can be done?  As it stands now, owners of bad behaving dogs face little, if any, punishment.  They can starve their dogs, abuse them, fight them or kill them and a decent lawyer will keep them out of jail.  In fact, about the only thing some could face is lawsuits...if they have a pot to piss in.


Despite the victims left in their wakes, "violators" are given sentences (mostly probation) less than perpetrators of "victimless crimes."  Instead of mandatory sentencing, the only thing likely to make a dent on the problem, municipalities take the easy way out--banning dog breeds.  All over the country, including Colorado, puppy mills brutalize dogs from birth to death (bitches unable to continue breeding are killed).  Even when they're caught violating VERY lax laws, the worst that happens is they get shut down.


Since little is done on the enforcement side and, knowing there are MANY, MANY assholes who own seriously dangerous dogs, many innocent owners and their dogs suffer.  I avoid Aurora, but my safety was once dependent on a 90# meth head's ability to restrain her Canne Corso from doing serious damage to me.  One tends to be blase' on the subject...until one has experienced the fury of a really bad dog.


Question...why own a pit bull?  What ''breed characteristic,' unique to these dogs is so attractive?  Is there NO other breed that will do it for you?  Shelters in Denver are PACKED with dogs, many are pit bulls.  Every day, thousands of dogs are euthanized.  Every day, thousands of puppies are born to suffer the same fate.  If you love dogs, talk to the prick with his intact dog at the dog park.  Odds are, the dog isn't licensed, either, and that person is a contributor to the problem.  If you love dogs, don't buy ANYTHING from a store that sells dogs...if you pass by one in the mall, try to dissuade someone from buying a puppy there.


If you love dogs, don't acquire a pit bull!  If you MUST, don't fucking move to Aurora of anywhere else that will catch you and euthanize your best friend!!  Try using some common sense and understand that acquiring ANY dog is a lifetime commitment, not a convenience to get rid of when it's inconvenient.  If you are looking for a fashion accessory, buy a tennis bracelet or get another grotesque tattoo.  Dogs are products of their environments.  Workaholics with busy social lives living in apartments shouldn't commit to anything more than a goldfish, if that.  If the dude living in my building with the two big, fat hunting dogs, whose idea of ''exercising'' them is taking them down the elevator, walking to the closest patch of grass, then taking them back inside, is reading this...you, sir, are an asshole to the nth degree!


Is it any wonder, so many people like dogs more than people?

Jason R. Hager
Jason R. Hager

Chihuahuas bite and attack more people than Pits, is Aurora and Denver going to ban them next??? Horrible logic, it's not the breed it's the owner's fault...

Burton Bailey
Burton Bailey

Pitbulls are NOT the problem. Shitty owners are the problem!!

Rae Griffen
Rae Griffen

'pitbull' isnt actually a breed of dog

John Elliott
John Elliott

Don't ban breeds...ban, sterilize or execute the shitbags that breed them to be aggressive or who use them to fight

Chloé Michelle
Chloé Michelle

How the fuck you going to say that and like when people say it's the owner not the dog...hypocrite much?

Erick Baumgartner
Erick Baumgartner

Cause he read a Fox 31 news report about How Pits are evil and like to eat babies

Erick Baumgartner
Erick Baumgartner

Tech, that's federal, not state.. Denver does not give a fuck. They will take your dog and kill it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Studies indicate that pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human DBRF (i.e., dog bite related fatalities) reported during the 12-year period from 1981 through 1992, and Rottweilers were responsible for about half of human DBRF reported during the 4 years from 1993 through 1996....


[T]he data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998. It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities." 


(Sacks JJ, Sinclair L, Gilchrist J, Golab GC, Lockwood R. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. JAVMA 2000;217:836-840

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

Anyone who hates pitbulls has obviously never really known a pitbull. Now if Denver could only get the message...if Peyton Manning owned a pit I bet they would have changed that stupid law real fast

Branden Major
Branden Major

Lauren Gomez. .. sounds like something I would say lol

whosdp
whosdp

Yeah, those wild packs of chihuahuas are killers, aren't they?  You must be referring to the story from Yahoo Odd News.  I recon, they first overwhelm their victims, get them to the ground, then eat them alive!  Your logic is what's tortured, Jason.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... we've already got Jackals on the State Legislature 

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay According to the FBI, black people commit the most murders in the U.S. 

Aurora should ban black people, right?

whosdp
whosdp

Odds of Peyton owning a pit bull--infinitesimally small.  Odds that a drug dealer, thief or other scumbag owning one--a LOT higher.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so ban all pit bull owners from Aurora ... and elsewhere.



DerpDerpDemoler
DerpDerpDemoler

@whosdp

Yep, those bloodthirsty killers were completely at fault for the rash of fatal and semi-fatal attacks a few years ago on little children. Brutal Chihuahuas! 



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... works for Highlands Ranch, Boulder and Aspen.



Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay Whitey and Blacky are so racist, they rarely get close enough to kill each other. 

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