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Voters in Denver have overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that repeals the city’s 30-year breed ban.

Ballot Proposal 2J, which was approved by an almost two-thirds margin, replaces the current ban on “pit bulls” with a new law that would allow residents to keep these dogs, with certain regulations.

As outlined in a previous AKC alert, the new regulations would include a permit that allows up to two “pit bulls” per household and home inspections.  The permit could be removed after 36 months with no incidents.

The AKC does not support breed-specific laws.  Instead, we support measures that hold all dog owners accountable, regardless of breed.  General dangerous dog and animal control laws are better at protecting community safety, a better use of city resources, and more effective at protecting the rights of responsible dog owners.

AKC is pleased that the 30-year breed ban has been repealed.  We hope that this is a first step to someday completely removing breed-specific policies from city law.

Read AKC’s blog for more information on the ballot measure, AKC’s position on breed-specific legislation, and background on the city’s breed-specific law.

For questions or more information, contact AKC Government Relations at