Pit Bull Ban to be Reconsidered in Aurora, Colorado

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Voters in Aurora, Colorado will have the chance to change a nine-year-old pit bull ban in the upcoming elections. The November ballot will include "breed-specific legislation" laws—the first in the nation on a general-election ballot—that either ban some types of dogs or require they be sterilized. And Aurora's pit bull ban will come down to public vote.

According to the Huffington Post, "officials will leave the question in voters hands since they've fielded years of complaints that the city's pit bull ban is "unfair and punishes dogs instead of negligent owners." Aurora's pit bull ban is among 700 other cities across the U.S. who also "prohibit pit bulls or other dog breeds deemed a public safety risk."

City Council decided to define an aggressive dog "not breed-specific" and therefore leaving the decision to allow the ban on three breeds of dogs—pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers— up to the people.

"We wanted to resolve the question," Aurora councilman Bob LeGare said in a Huffington Post story. "This issue would just continually come back to us every couple years."

 It's a simple ballot measure posing the question: "Do you want the ban lifted or do you want to keep the ban."

While pit bulls are better received these days, more states are prohibiting dog breed bans. And many animal rights activists hope Aurora voters will be the next community to strike down the ban claiming that enacting an entire dog breed ban is "less effective than targeting irresponsible dog owners." 

Will voters lift the almost decade-long dog breed ban in Aurora?


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  • Julie check your facts a bit more. .. there are many other breeds with more reported deaths than pits….. just as there are more reports of other breeds supposedly passive breeds attacking people And biting them. pitbulls are no more problems with testing than any other breed just because a dog is more able to finish the fight then start it does not make them a bad breed!you are disseminating wrong information and trying to increase the fear of this wonderful breed
  • I talked with a few Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeders who admit these dogs are also aggressive towards other dogs because of genetics. They recommend all people who are guardians of Staffordshire Bull Terrier to have a break stick handy. This happened at a dog show where a Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacked another dog.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USfOToBLTXI
  • Freda White, All dogs can be unpredictable. So if a beagle dog is triggered for some reason most of the time the damage is minimal but if a pit-bull type gets triggered it can be a horrific mauling or death because of their power. Believe it or not, I was going to get a rescued pit-bull two years ago until I started researching the breed to make sure it was the right fit for me. I fell for that garbage that it is how you raise them. I learned most pit-bull type dogs come from unethical backyard breeders. In the past 25 years, I have met very nice pit bulls and aggressive pit -bulls but with the information I have now I would never be able to trust them. I have been watching Pit-bull and Parolees and think Tia Torres has a heart of gold but I do think she is compromising public safety and the safety of other people’s beloved pets in the neighborhood by rehoming pits. She does admits most Pit-bulls have genetic trait of dog aggression that makes most of them unsafe around other people’s beloved pets. https://www.facebook.com/VillalobosRescueCenter/photos/a.10150298800276143.330597.172286261142/10150298800296143/?type=1&theater DOG AGGRESSION

    “This is probably the biggest argument among the Pit Bull forums…..is it the way they’re raised or…..is it “in their genes?” So for “argument’s sake”…let’s get ready to rumble! To answer this question you need to go back in time to what makes up the Pit Bull type dog. The first thing that comes to my mind is “terrier”. Helloooo? Can we say "feisty, scrappy and always on the go?" So common sense tells us that because of the “terrier” in the American Pit Bull Terrier or the American Staffordshire Terrier…..this is a dog that is going to keep us on our toes. Think of the Jack Russell Terrier…..yes that little dog that just keeps on going and going and going This is a breed that was bred for chasing down unwanted rodents. Thus the term “animal aggression” comes into play. And let’s face it, Jack Russells are not only one of the smartest dogs ever, but they have the energy level of a tornado! They are like this because it’s “genetic”. Not all are like this but let’s face it…most are. This is the life of a terrier.

    Then you have your Labradors who love water. Again, not all but most. Then there are the Border Collies and Australian Shepherds who on a split second impulse will “chase” down anything that moves and herd it into whatever corner of the yard seems best. I know this by experience because my parents had Welsh Corgis and as kids we were constantly getting nipped in the ass and on the back of our legs. Why? It’s called “genetics!” My parents never taught our Corgis to do this. Even as puppies they were constantly chasing our horses.

    Okay so back to our breed. If I had a dime…Hell…a penny, for everyone that emailed or called and said, “I don’t know what happened. My Pit Bull has been great with other dogs and then ALL OF A SUDDEN he attacked my neighbor’s dog or went after a dog at the dog park” and of course my knee jerk response is always….“ah….what’s the question?” It’s like saying…“I don’t know what’s wrong with my Lab….he won’t stay out of the swimming pool”.

    Now here’s where the argument begins. There are those of us that have been around these dogs for not only years but have dealt with them in large amounts whether it be working at a shelter, or a vet’s or a groomer, trainer, whatever. We sit back and say….“well……ah…..well….that’s what Pit Bulls do sometimes.” But then you have the group of owners who believe…….oh geez…..I’m preparing my flame retardant suit……the group that says….:“it’s all in how you raise them.” Okay….kinda.

    Here’s the dealio. Some of you have Pits that will NEVER EVER display dog aggression. Great! Congratulations! And yes, some of that should be credited to you as an owner for not putting your dog in a situation that warrants him/her to have to fight back. But more than likely you just got lucky and your Pit just has a kick back temperament combined with a lifestyle that keeps him out of harm’s way and trust me…I wish all Pit Bulls could live like that.

    But truthfully, in dealing with hundreds to thousands in my rescue career, most Pit Bulls that have come thru here, display some form of dog aggression. Maybe not full blown, “I want to kill another dog” but even so much as giving each other the “stink eye” has caused a ruckus. I’m not saying that your dogs are going to “snap” (geez I hate that word) and all of a sudden go on a doggie killing spree. But what I am saying is that most Pit Bulls (yeah yeah, go ahead and cuss me out) have that “genetic make up” of dog aggression. And though they may never display it, to deny it exists, is only potentially putting your dog in a situation that may cause him/her to fail. All I’m saying is just be aware that it may surface if pushed too hard (example: allowing a bunch of ignorant dog owners at the dog park to have their dogs run up on your Pit Bull) and you just need to be that “defensive driver” for your Pit Bull’s sake.

    When out in public, I never ever let some stranger come up to me with their dog and do the….“oh can my dog meet your dog?” Ah….that would be a big fat “NO”. Don’t let your Pit run off leash out in public. You never know what idiot may be around the corner. And I know this one is gonna piss some people off but I don’t recommend dog parks. Good way to not only set your dog up for failure but the “what if” a dog fight happens. You’ve now put your Pit on the defensive and there is a good chance that he/she may now want to go after every dog he encounters. I’ve had dogs like this come to my training class after a bad dog park encounter and it takes some time to “unring that bell”. Instead maybe find some people you trust and who’s dogs you know and create play dates.

    So no one says you have to take my words to heart but at least I can tell you these words come from 18 years and thousands of Pit Bulls later. I’ve learned from my mistakes and I would rather be safe than sorry. Like I said, if your Pit is dog friendly….HOORAY!! I’m jealous. But still just “be aware” and at least practice “safe Pit” https://www.facebook.com/VillalobosRescueCenter/photos/a.10150298800276143.330597.172286261142/10150298800296143/?type=1&theater
  • Obviously the Lady Julie Wall has not had any interaction with Pit Bulls or such like dogs. I worked for many years rescuing dogs. Never came across a nasty one. Other breeds can bite as well. Please check out the true facts
  • Pit-bull Rescue Central, the leading authority of pit bull types admits MOST pit-bull types are not safe around other dogs. For that reason alone is why I do not consider them safe family pets for our neighborhoods. These are powerful animals that break away from their guardians all the time and maul & kill another beloved pet or person in front of a child or person. This is a typical pit attack on another beloved pet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBFb-hGWZqg Children & adults have watched their beloved pets be mauled to death by pit bulls. Many develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after watching a horrific pit attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZTiGWgQubA Breaking-up pit attacks is dangerous 1/3 end up attacking the person that’s breaking up the fight.http://dogbitelaw.com/dangerous-vicious-dogs/a-propensity-to-attack-other-dogs-means-a-dog-is-dangerous-to-people.html

    “According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, the leading authority of pit-bull type dogs, "It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage.It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. This type of animal aggression is completely separate from human-aggression; a well-socialized pit bull is very good-natured with people.Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals.We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out ofthe dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them." http://www.pbrc.net/misc/PBRC_dogpark.pdf"

    The Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit guardians to have a break stick. FOR ME THIS IS ANOTHER RED FLAG! Does not sound like a safe family pet if you need a breakstick on hand. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general pubic might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.” http://www.pbrc.net/breaksticks.html This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bulls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

    I appreciate that Pit bull Rescue Central, is telling pit-bull guardians not to take their dog to off-leash parks but many pit guardians are still very ignorant to this recommendation. What is bewildering to me is that Pit Bull Rescue Central admits that other beloved dogs in the community are not safe around pit-bulls because of their genetic makeup but promotes them as a great family pet. For me this is a red flag that you are compromising public safety and the safety of our beloved pets in our communities. Of all the dog breeds, they are the all time number one killer of humans and other people’s beloved pets. http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2014.php Then these pit-bull advocates are oblivious and offended why people do not want these dogs in the neighborhood. REALLY? Are you really that blind? Do I really have to spell it out for you? Many people in the neighborhood have beloved pets that they consider family members. They are concerned for their pet’s safety and they do not want their dog to get mauled to death. Now people in the neighborhood who have pets have to live in fear if this powerful pitbull will get away from the guardian and hurt or kill their beloved pet. Almost all dog guardians have experienced a mishap where their dog gets away from them by mistake.

    Many pit-bull breeders who are breeding for human aggression to create guard dogs. Most pit-bulls types come primarily from unethical backyard breeders who are trying to breed aggression, not good temperaments. Often, their dogs are the product of reject pits purchased from dog fighters as cheap stock. So with the pool of pit bulls we have, you cannot tell the difference between a cold one and one that might snap. (unprovoked aggression). So basically people who have pits are playing Russian Roulette against our communities. Here is a clip of unethical pit-bull breeders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiZOj9o6jpE

    Not all cigarettes killed people, but they’re ban in almost all public places now. Not all sliding railing baby cribs killed babies, govt ban them anyway. Not all ford pintos exploded, govt ban them. Not all lawn darts hit people in the head but govt ban them. Just because not every pit bull kills someone does not mean pit bulls are safe. Dozens of people have been killed by pit bulls in the US already in 2014. I know many people love pit bulls, but that’s too many deaths, and sometimes bans save us from ourselves. But don’t worry, there are hundreds of other dog breeds to chose from that do not kill dozens of people a year, so everyone will still be able to have a dog to love.
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