By Tori Mason

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– An Aurora city council member is proposing that the city lift its ban on pit bull breed dogs. Councilman Charlie Robinson asked the city attorney’s office to draft a dangerous animal ordinance that punishes behavior instead of breed.

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“[Pit bulls] were associated with gangs at one time. They were associated with macho-aggressive behavior. They were associated with dog fighting and we’ve come a long way,” said Robinson.

A separate ordinance in Aurora would specifically exempt the American Bully breed of dog from the city’s restricted-breed ordinance. Robinson says the breed ban is difficult to enforce, and some pit bull owners are finding ways around the rules.

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“People are now taking their pit bulls and converting them into service animals. That’s a huge loophole,” said Robinson, “Let’s not close our eyes and ignore reality. Let’s come up with a really effective and strong law.”

The proposed ordinance would establish new language regarding aggressive, potentially dangerous and dangerous animals and remove the city’s restricted-breed ordinance.

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“My proposal could result in a negligent dog owner being denominated by the court as a reckless dog owner, and having all kinds of additional restrictions put on the dog,” said Robinson.

The City of Castle Rock lifted its ban on pit bulls in 2018 and replaced it with a similar policy that examines behavior to determine if a dog is dangerous.

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Richardson says he doesn’t have much support from other council members at the moment, but 62% of the people he surveyed support the ban being lifted. He doesn’t expect any action on his proposed ban lift until November.

Tori Mason

  1. Carol J. Potts Todd says:

    Aurora, CO has become known as the worst place in Colorado to live because of it’s ban on pit bulls. I’ve known people who moved from there because of it, and others who have refused jobs there. It is TIME to remove the pit bull ban – it is how the dog is raised and treated, NOT the breed. Just look at the American Hero Dog Awards site and see how many are pit bulls – police, search & rescue, security, and service pit bulls. Under Aurora’s current ban, a military veteran who fought for YOUR freedom and is now handicapped would not be allowed to have his service dog in Aurora because it is an intelligent, obedient pit bull. Charlie Robinson is the first person in Aurora’s government whom I’ve ever heard of with any common sense. Thank you and keep fighting – breed bans are the same as race discrimination.

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