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CO Alert: Ask the Aurora City Council to Repeal BSL!

(Wednesday, March 05, 2014)

The City of Aurora, Colorado, has been known for many years for its strict breed-specific laws that prohibit any “pit bull” within the city limits. AKC Government Relations understands that some members of the City Council are interested in considering a repeal of this long-standing ban at an upcoming meeting, but are also encountering some opposition.

If you are an Aurora resident, or have chosen to not reside in Aurora or participate in dog events in the city because of this ban, please contact the mayor and city council and respectfully ask them to support a repeal of their breed-specific laws. Scroll down for contact information.

AKC GR understands that many on the council have received very emotionally-charged comments in opposition to this repeal. Please keep your comments polite and respectful.

Background:

Aurora’s animal control ordinances currently prohibit anyone from owning, selling, harboring, transporting, maintaining or having control over a “pit bull” in city limits. A “pit bull” is defined as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, or any dog that has physical trains or “genetic markers” of any of these breeds.

Those who wish to keep a dog meeting this definition in the city must apply for an annual license, maintain at least $100,000 in liability coverage, ensure the dog has been spayed or neutered, and comply with many other regulations including keeping the dog in a locked pen and never keeping the dog on a porch or patio.

A few exemptions exist for veterinarians caring for a dog, a dog that is kept in the city on a temporary basis (as long as it is muzzled), and other limited situations. Dog shows are exempt if proper clearances are maintained and the person transporting the dogs keep them in an enclosure with a key or combination lock when not being shown, and the show superintendents “provide protective measures adequate to prevent pit bulls from escaping or injuring the public”.

Talking Points:

The AKC support a repeal of the breed-specific laws and encourages the council to instead consider reasonable, comprehensive dangerous dog laws that hold all dog owners accountable for their pets, regardless of breed.

Read AKC talking points on breed-specific legislation
Read AKC Issue Analysis "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn't Work"
View AKC's Position Statement: "Dangerous Dog" Control Legislation

Contact Information:

Please contact the Aurora City Council and respectfully ask them to support repealing their breed-specific laws:

Mayor Steve Hogan
303-739-7015
E-mail: shogan@auroragov.org

Sally Mounier (Ward 1)
303-739-7502
E-mail: smounier@auroragov.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brad Pierce (At Large)
303-739-7514
E-mail: bpierce@auroragov.org

Debi Hunter Holen (At Large)
303-739-7518
E-mail: dholen@auroragov.org

Bob LeGare
E-mail: blegare@auroragov.org

AKC Government Relations will provide more information as it becomes available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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