As cities and counties throughout the nation repeal breed-specific legal guidelines banning pit bulls, Denver and its largest neighbor, Aurora, at the moment are on totally different trajectories with their bans.
Denver Metropolis Council cemented a measure Monday that may ask voters in November whether or not to repeal town’s long-standing pit bull ban, changing it with a sort of restricted license. Aurora Metropolis Council rejected the same poll measure Monday in favor of strengthening present aggressive animal legal guidelines earlier than attempting to repeal the ban.
The American Veterinary Medical Affiliation estimated in 2017 that some 900 cities throughout the nation have some type of breed-specific laws, however many are starting to reverse course. Comparable bans have been repealed not too long ago within the Kansas Metropolis metro space and Sioux Metropolis, Iowa, amongst different locations. As well as, Fort Rock’s City Council repealed its ban in 2018.
Denver Councilman Chris Herndon’s proposed repeal handed the Metropolis Council earlier this yr, nevertheless it was vetoed by Mayor Michael Hancock.
All of the whereas, Aurora residents and officers have been having related conversations.
The talks are sometimes emotional, peppered with those that have suffered from canine assaults or identified somebody who has. Even Hancock has mentioned he was bitten by a pit bull as a baby.
However there are others who, whereas understanding the trepidation, argue that the information exhibits the breed-specific legal guidelines aren’t efficient and have traditionally even been used to focus on communities of colour.
When he voted for Herndon’s first repeal try this yr, Councilman Jolon Clark mentioned he had issues in regards to the transfer however he couldn’t ignore the information that veterinarians and different specialists had proven him in assist of the repeal.
Now the choice is as much as Denver voters. In the event that they approve the repeal, metropolis officers will successfully create a restricted license for pit bulls. If house owners — restricted to 2 pit bulls per dwelling — pay a better charge than is required for different canines, keep applicable paperwork and don’t have any points for 3 years, then the restriction can be eliminated.
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Aurora will transfer a lot slower, if it repeals its ban in any respect.
A poll measure had been proposed for Colorado’s third-largest metropolis, however the Metropolis Council there shot it down Monday on a 7-Three vote. As a substitute, the group will take into account a proposal to strengthen town’s present harmful canine legal guidelines, which might provide municipal judges extra flexibility in dealing with assault circumstances, mentioned Nancy Sheffield, interim director of housing and group companies.
The council will see how nicely that legislation works, if it’s accredited, earlier than figuring out whether or not to position a measure to repeal town’s pit bull ban on the 2021 poll on the earliest.