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Monday, November 3, 2014

Aurora, Colorado To Reconsider Pit Bull Ban On November Ballots

Englewood, Colo. Voters will consider repealing their nine-year-old pit bull ban on November ballots. Talbot is hoping voters ax the ban and allow her to take Buddy home.

Aurora's vote, the first in the nation on a general-election ballot, could presage other public votes on so-called "breed-specific legislation," laws that either ban some types of dogs or require they be sterilized.

Pit bulls are getting a warmer reception in recent years, though. Nineteen states, but not Colorado, now have laws that prohibit communities from banning dog breeds.

Aurora is a rarity for putting the question to a public vote. Aurora officials sent the question to voters after years of fielding complaints that its pit bull ban is unfair and punishes dogs instead of negligent owners.

The Texas-based group DogsBite argues that it's humane to ban breeds because pit bulls are disproportionately euthanized relative to other breeds.

ColoRADogs founder Nancy Tranzow pointed out that dog-owners accused of owning pit bulls sometimes have to pay for DNA tests to prove their pet is less than 50 percent pit bull, a burden for dog owners who may have done nothing wrong.

"If you're incredibly poor and your dog gets picked up, you have to go in and if you can't afford a DNA test, maybe the dog gets euthanized and there's nothing you can do about it," Tranzow said. "People are losing their dogs because of what they look like. It's not right."












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