Colorado communities ponder aging bans on pit bulls

A pit bull (GabyCalvo, iStock)

Denver Councilman Chris Herndon will introduce a repeal of the city’s 1989 pit bull ban, 9News reported.

A city council committee will hear the proposal next week. As drafted, it would allow humane societies and Denver’s animal shelter to adopt pit bulls, and would require owners receive a breed-restricted dog license.

“We can pretend that there aren’t pits in the city of Denver," Herndon told 9News. “I think that would be a very naïve approach. We know that they are there.”

The 1989 ban stemmed from a fear of three dog breeds being aggressive and violent. Herndon countered that there is no “bad breed” of dog.

The legislation would cap the number of pit bulls at two per household and would allow animal control workers to inspect homes where pit bulls live. If a pit bull escapes or delivers a bite, owners would need to notify Denver Animal Protection.

Calling the establishment of the breed-restricted license a “compromise,” Herndon said he believes that he will receive more support from council members than for an outright repeal without conditions.

In November, the Aurora City Council saw a proposal to replace the city’s pit bull ban with regulations on aggressive or dangerous pets. The city acknowledged that there are residents continuing to own pit bulls illegally since the 2005 ban.

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