Aurora, CO to Consider BSL Repeal on April 11

The City of Aurora will be considering changing or repealing its breed-specific laws on April 11,...

The City of Aurora will be considering changing or repealing its breed-specific laws on April 11, 2011.  Current and former Aurora residents are urged to attend the hearing or contact the City Council and express your support for repealing the breed-specific laws.

 

The meeting information is as follows:

Council Study Session
Date: Monday, April 11, 2011
Tentative Meeting Time: 5:30 p.m.
No public testimony will be permitted at this hearing, but it is an opportunity to hear the council discussions prior to the public hearing.

Aurora City Council Meeting
Date: Monday, April 11, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Aurora Municipal Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Scroll down to the end of this alert for council contact information.

If you are interested in attending either of these meetings, or if you would like to speak, contact Linda Hart with the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs at kharahs@comcast.net.  The federation is coordinating speakers, and will also have the latest on the meeting times and other information.  Please note that the council is only accepting testimony and comments from current and former Aurora residents, those employed in Aurora, or those who chose not to reside in Aurora because of these laws.

 

Summary: 

The Aurora City Council is expected to consider three possible changes to the Aurora breed-specific laws at its meeting on Monday:

  • A complete repeal of the breed-specific laws

  • Removal of some (but not all) of the breeds on the current list

  • Modifications to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (it is expected that this would allow service dogs of the banned breeds to be permitted in the city with restrictions)

 

Current law prohibits any person from having, owning, possessing, harboring, transporting, or selling a “pit bull” or other restricted breed within Aurora city limits.  The breed may be temporarily in the city for a dog show or competition only if written permission is obtained from the City Manager.

 

  • “Pit bull” is defined as: American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any dog that has similar physical characteristics

  • The other restricted breeds are: American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, “Canary Dog”, Tosa Inu, Cane Corso, Fila Brasileiro, or any dog that has similar physical characteristics.

 

Talking Points:

Click here for a printable handout with talking points on breed-specific legislation.

Click here to read the AKC’s Issue Analysis “Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work”

 

How You Can Help:

  • Attend the Aurora City Council meeting and express your support for repealing the breed-specific laws.

  • Contact the Aurora City Council and express your support for repealing the breed-specific laws.  The contact information is as follows:

    Mayor Ed Tauer
    Phone: (303) 739-7015
    E-mail: etauer@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Melissa Miller (Ward I)
    Phone: 303-739-7502
    E-mail: memiller@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Renie Peterson (Ward II)
    Phone: 303-739-7506
    E-mail: rrpeters@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Marsha Berzins (Ward III)
    303-739-7508
    E-mail: mberzins@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Molly Markert (Ward IV)
    Phone: 303-739-7516
    E-mail: mmarkert@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Bob Roth (Ward V)
    Phone: 303-739-7510
    E-mail: broth@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Bob Broom (Ward VI)
    Phone: 303-739-7015 (council office)
    E-mail: rbroom@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Bob FitzGerald (At-Large)
    Phone: 303-739-7514
    E-mail: bfitzger@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Ryan Frazier (At-Large)
    Phone: 303-739-7518
    E-mail: rfrazier@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Barbara Cleland (At-Large)
    Phone: 303-739-7524
    E-mail: bcleland@auroragov.org

    Councilmember Brad Pierce (At-Large)
    Phone: 303-739-7522
    E-mail: bpierce@auroragov.org

 

For more information, contact Linda Hart with the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs at kharahs@comcast.net, or the AKC Government Relations Department at doglaw@akc.org or (919) 816-3720.