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?