Pit bull vote aims to settle disputes over breeds

Oct 18, 2014 10:12 AM by News Staff

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Aurora is taking another look at its ban on pit bulls. It's a vote that could presage a rethinking of pit bulls in other Colorado cities that ban breeds of dogs considered dangerous.

Aurora is the first city in the nation to put pit bull reconsideration on general-election ballots. The city council set the vote in hopes of settling perennial disputes over the nine-year-old ban.

Denver has banned pit bulls since 1989. Roughly 700 cities nationwide that prohibit pit bulls or other dog breeds deemed a public safety risk.

Animal activists say pit bull bans are unfair and that dog maulings can be reduced by going after irresponsible dog owners.

Aurora's animal care division opposes repeal, saying dog bites in the city have gone down since the ban was adopted.

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