This measure would repeal Denver’s long-standing pit bull ban and replace it with a type of restricted license for pit bulls.
Owners would be required to register their dogs — limited to two pit bulls per home — pay a higher fee than is required for other dogs, maintain appropriate paperwork and have no issues for three years before the restricted license is removed. The measure was placed on the ballot after Mayor Michael Hancock vetoed a similar repeal that the Denver City Council passed earlier this year.
The case for: Repealing the ban would allow pit bull owners that already live in Denver to come out of the shadows. It would also remove a law seen to target communities of color. By having pit bulls registered, city officials could keep a better eye on the animals, track any possible attacks or accidents, and take enforcement action.
The case against: Some have said repealing the ban would do little since pit bull owners living in Denver are already breaking the law and would not be inclined to register their dog through the proper channels.
Ballot question: “Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance authorizing the city to grant a provisional permit to owners or keepers of a pit bull, provided the owner microchips the animal and complies with additional requirements set by Denver Animal Protection?”
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