Colorado Law Now Prohibits BSL

Congratulations to the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs, purebred dog fanciers, and animal...

Congratulations to the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs, purebred dog fanciers, and animal organizations throughout the state on their recent efforts to prohibit breed-specific legislation in the Centennial State. Thanks to tireless lobbying by these groups, Governor Bill Owens signed H1279 into law last week, effective immediately. Among other changes to the state's dangerous dog law, the legislation prohibits municipalities from regulating dogs based on their breed.

The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable dangerous dog legislation that judges a dog based on its deed rather than its breed. Working with Colorado dog owners, AKC lent its support to passage of H1279.

Officials in Denver, which currently has a breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance in place, have instructed their City Attorney to defend the city's "home-rule" authority to regulate animals in any manner they choose, including by breed. It is unclear at this time what the outcome will be, but AKC will provide updates as they become available.

In spite of this, the passage of H1279 represents a significant victory for Colorado fanciers. Their successful efforts make Colorado the twelfth state to protect dog owners from breed-specific dangerous dog laws. Kudos to everyone who contributed to this important win!