By Jeff Todd


DENVER (CBS4)– As a Denver City Councilmember looks to repeals the decades-old breed ban on pit bulls, advocates for the ban are warning the city of unintended consequences. Councilman Chris Herndon says breed-specific bans are ineffective, as there are still pit bulls in Denver.

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Pit bull breeds, which include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, have been banned in Denver for more than 30 years.

“You lift that ban and the breed of these dogs is going to explode,” said Colleen Lynn, the founder of Dogsbite.org.

Colleen Lynn

Colleen Lynn (credit: CBS)

Lynn says she was attacked in 2007 while out on a run in Seattle.

“I was bitten in the forearm. That bone was shattered,” she said. “there’s just so many attacks, every single day I just said I have to do something.”

Dogsbite.org tracks mauling cases and fatalities. It says pit bulls as a breed represent 66%  of human deaths. The group also holds up the Denver metro area as a standard because of bans in Denver and Aurora have kept human attacks to a minimum.

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“There’s been 14 Level 1 Trauma center studies, in all geographical regions, saying that pit bulls are inflicting the highest prevalence of injuries and the highest severity. Fourteen medical studies since 2011. In these medical studies the Denver region is used as a control factor because Denver is the only region in the U.S. where they’re not seeing these same results,” Lynn said.

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Pit bull advocates say they’re no different than other dogs and that’s the reason Herndon is looking to change Denver’s laws.

“This bill provides the opportunity where they come out of the shadows,” Herndon said. “This is a very good compromise. Create the breed restriction license, let’s take time to demonstrate they’re no diff than any other animal.”

Denver Councilman Chris Herndon

Denver Councilman Chris Herndon (credit: CBS)

Many human societies and animal shelters around the Denver area support the repeal. They argue it’s better for owners and the dogs.

Lynn worries a repeal of the ban will make people less safe.

“The reason why the ban was enacted was to prevent first attacks. The idea is to prevent first severe maulings,” she said.

The first reading of the repeal of the breed ban will be heard on Jan. 22.

Jeff Todd

Comments (55)
  1. Jacob and Susan says:

    The ban is nonsense. Fact: the majority of dogs identified as “pitbulls” are mixed breeds dogs. Regardless, since we live in Denver and love bully breeds, if the ban stays then we’ll probably be adopting a Dogo Argentino (an amazing breed that is not banned) in the next few weeks.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogo_Argentino

    While my wife and I didn’t initially want a dog this large (Dogo Argentinos are on average 2-3x larger than “pitbulls”, Dogos can be up to 120lbs while most “pitbulls” are around 40-50lbs), we’re closing on a house next week that has a larger yard and is is close to several parks and trail systems. Food and veterinary care will cost more, but if we can’t adopt a pitbull mix then we’ve already located a wonderful Dogo to adopt from a shelter in Texas.

    So, if the ban’s intent is to lead responsible owners to larger bully breeds, I guess so be it.

    Jacob & Susan in Denver

  2. daniel k says:

    I fully support the changes and believe that the archaic and discriminatory ban should be lifted. The ban does nothing to address truly problematic or aggressive dogs (of any breed) and only impacts good dogs and responsible owners. Also, many studies have concluded that risk (bite severity etc) is not breed-specific and that BSL is not effective. It’s time to move Denver out of the dark ages and time to embrace reasonable policies for animal control. Therefore, I support this change which will provide a framework to support responsible owners while still having controls for irresponsible owners and aggressive dogs (of any breed). Also, “pit bull” is not a breed – it’s a blanket term that can encompass something like over 20 different bully breeds so it’s really not scientifically accurate to lump all these different breeds into one bucket in order to calculate “stats” – that’s not good math and not good science. This positive change is long overdue.

  3. childsafetyadvocate says:

    Pit bulls kill 200 people every decade in the United States alone. No child should ever be mauled to death because of a dumb dog. Child safety first!

    1. Jason M says:

      What an incredibly misinformed statement. Some facts, FYI:
      1) Peer-reviewed studies have determined that the vast majority (literally around 98%) of dogs visually labeled as “pit bulls” are in fact mixed breed dogs. Furthermore, because of the fact that a dog’s appearance is determined by less than 1% of its genes (DNA), many of these mixes would not be impacted by Denver’s current BSL regulations.*
      2) Multiple peer-reviewed studies have determined that aggression and bite severity are not breed-specific. Furthermore, studies have concluded that bite severity is determined by a dog’s overall size and strength, and not by its breed (again, multiple studies).*
      3) Multiple peer-reviewed studies have determined that breed-specific dog bans (aka BSL) are ineffective for public safety and that breed-neutral regulations that focus on relevant public safety factors like a dog’s behavior, aggression, and irresponsible ownership are not only more effective, but also more equitable and easier to enforce.*

      *Sources for all of the above (10+ peer reviewed studies): https://www.pitbullinfo.org/dog-bite-scientific-studies.html

      If the goal is public safety, then breed-neutral regulations are more effective. And this is not an opinion but instead, a fact backed by multiple scientific studies on this topic.

      1. Gabby says:

        Pitbull “advocates” writing studies in an attempt to show that the maulings and deaths of people and pets are not breed specific. May as well have the cigarette companies making laws to regulate cigarettes. This may sound far fetched but there is a connection between the cigarette companies and pitbull “advocacy”.

        The first study that the link (Study #1 – Breed Risk) has the title:
        Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States (2000-2009)

        The title alone should make anyone skeptical. If anyone reads this, it simply attempts to misidentify pitbulls, downplay the role of the pitbull killing a human, and place the blame on either the victim or on some obscure factor like someone not being around to save the victims.

        I’m sure all of the references you made to a “study” in your comment follow a similar track.

        1. Jason M says:

          Is this a serious comment? Because if it is, then your argument has degenerated to “the science is bad”. Newsflash: Scientific studies are conducted by subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field relevant to the subject of the study. So yes, canine-related studies are conducted by canine experts such as veterinarians; aeronautics-related studies are conducted by aerospace engineers; and weather-related studies are conducted by meteorologists. So then per your argument, scientific studies are biased because they are conducted by SMEs in the field relevant to the study? LOL.

          Regardless, I’m not going to argue the foundations of science with you in a news article’s comment area. For this topic, there’s really not much value in one-on-one arguments anyways because: 1) BSL is on the decline and constantly getting repealed (over 100 cities have repealed BSL in the last few years while only one or two have enacted new bans); 2) BSL is becoming more and more unpopular where it’s enacted and is therefore getting challenged and ultimately repealed; 3) Most people understand that all dogs are individuals and that breed labels are for the most part, irrelevant.

          1. Gabby says:

            You call the study you referenced, Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States (2000-2009), science. That’s laughable. And again, the people who authored that study are part of the pitbull problem.

            Anything that comes out of the National Canine “Research” Council is extremely biased and based loosely on science. It’s sad they can publish what is in essence pitbull propaganda in such a manner. I recall seeing their website years ago and they openly stated they were pro-pitbull dog.

            Sad that the victims of pitbull attacks, both human and animal, get almost no say in the matter. But yeah, you go ahead and promote your fighting breed dogs and perpetuate the overbreeding, suffering and exploitation. Money, money, money.

            1. Jason M says:

              First, there is not such thing as the “pitbull lobby” – unless you are calling responsible citizens fighting these bans in many cities the “pitbull lobby”. Everyday people/citizens (not some kind of conspiracy or “lobby”) are organizing and working to repeal these bans because they are discriminatory, ineffective, inequitable, and a drain on public resources. Second, it’s not just that one study – there are many (over 30 that I can reference) that either (1) do not support BSL; (2) determine that risk is not related to breed; and/or (3) support breed-neutral regulations for public safety. Third, sure – forget the studies – but then I can still reference literally 99% of animal control agencies across the U.S. (who have to deal with aggressive dogs and irresponsible owners everyday as a profession) also do not support breed-specific policies. But, they must also be in on this conspiracy as well, I guess? You are entitled to your personal opinions on this topic; but opinions don’t drive public policy (maybe they did 50+ years ago, but they no longer drive most public policy in today’s modern world).

              1. Gabby says:

                The Fifth Estate – Pitbulls Unleashed

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFa8HOdegZA

                It’s a fact that pit bulls, with their powerful jaws, can kill and maim. Google ‘pit bull attacks’ if you dare. But are pit bulls born bad or do humans make them that way? Therein lies an emotional – sometimes vicious – debate. On one side, traumatized families and public safety advocates. On the other, A POWERFUL GROUP OF LOBBYISTS who say pit bulls are the most misunderstood breed of dogs and are no more dangerous than any other pets.

              2. Gabby says:

                Oh, I forgot one more thing. The pitbull lobby also consists of the organizations who seek to remove the pitbull ban in the city of Denver. This would include Denver Councilman Chris Herndon and whoever is supporting him in regards to the repeal.

                So whoever is pushing for the pitbull ban repeal is also most likely part of the pitbull lobby. I don’t know the history of the pitbull ban but I can assure you it was a rise in attacks, maulings, and killings from the pitbull fighting dog. I don’t know of any BSL that came into existence just because someone didn’t like pitbulls. There is usually a notable rise in violence from a specific breed/type of dog. I also don’t know any BSL laws that do not include the pitbull fighting dog. Sure other breeds may be included in a BSL law but as far as I can tell, all of them have included pitbull dogs. Other breeds that are occasionally named are Rottweilers and wolf-hybrids.

                Let that sink in.

                1. Jason M says:

                  Wrong – it’s everyday citizens and residents of Denver that are working to change an archaic and discriminatory law that is ineffective, inequitable, and doesn’t serve the community – not some kind of “lobby” or other conspiracy theory. You reference a TV show and fear-based websites, I can reference multiple peer-reviewed studies (over 30) that have either found BSL to be ineffective and/or that risk is not related to breed.

                  1. Gabby says:

                    Sounds like you didn’t even watch The Fifth Estate – Pitbulls Unleashed.

                    Well, we disagree. I get it, but I can assure you most of the people pushing that politican to repeal the pitbull ban are mostly pitbull lobbiests and pitbull “advocacy” groups. Not the residents of Denver.

                    1. Jason M.T. says:

                      We’ll have to agree to disagree. The 5th estate segment was an opinion piece:

                      1) It framed as if “pitbull-type” dogs (or should I say, 20+ different bully breeds and many more mixes) are the only dogs that can cause serious incidents or fatalities. This is completely untrue, there have been 50+ breeds/mixes that have been associated with fatal attacks in the last decade (just in the U.S. alone) and many, many more large/strong breeds that have been implicated in biting incidents. So reporting as if this is a “pit bull” problem is alarmist and poor reporting, by any standard. Any strong dog can cause an incident.

                      2) Never even mentioned or acknowledged that there multiple peer-reviewed studies that basically disagree with most of what was presented in the segment. An interesting omission which speaks directly to the quality of reporting in the segment.

                      3) Didn’t elaborate on the fact that millions of “pitbull-type” or bully-type dogs are successful as loving pets homes all across the country and are never associated with any incidents. Focusing on isolated incidents (while not even mentioning the fact that there was no proper attribution of breed in the segment) is not balanced reporting. By and large, by any measure, “pitbull-type” dogs are overwhelmingly positive vs negative (literally, millions to several).

                      Basically, the 5th nation segment was a tabloid piece and I think most professional reporters would agree that it was at best, unbalanced.

                      And again, the effort in Denver is being led by residents of Denver (which have other full time jobs etc.) and not by any lobby or conspiracy. The law is doing a disservice to many residents (and many great dogs) which is why it’s being reviewed – because the people are demanding change to the inequitable and discriminatory law.

                    2. Gabby says:

                      Yesterday a family pitbull kills infant. Guess the breed. Happens all the time. It’s why some people call pitbulls murder dogs.

                      Dog attacks, kills 1-month-old in Lafayette Jan 27, 2020 / 11:28 AM EST

                      LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – A 1-month-old infant is dead after being attacked by a dog in Lafayette.

                      According to the Lafayette Police Department, on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11:30 a.m., officers were called to a residence in the 1900 block of Greenbush Street. Officers were responding to a report of a dog attacking a 1-month-old child, Julian Connell.

                    3. Gabby says:

                      We know what a pitbull is Jason. You can feign stupidity but all we need to do is go through your pitbull fan pages and there are plenty of pictures of pitbulls. The “50+ breeds/mixes” you claim are pitbulls. All we need to do is look and can tell. I can go browse the AKC database and look up Staffordshire Bull Terrier and yes, it’s a pitbull.

                      You can change the names all you want but even casual inspection shows that you are being deceptive. You celebrate pitbulls when it’s convenient then claim they’re different breeds when it suits you. I’ve been on pitbull fan pages, game-dog forums, and even my dog club. The names are interchangeable.

                      Sorry you didn’t like the expose. I thought Pitbulls Unleashed was well done and very revealing. Especially when Ledy Vankavage blathered on the typical pitbull “advocacy” talking points you also regurgitate. Did you notice how callous Vankavage sounded when talking about the infant named Daxton who was killed by the babysitter’s pitbull dog?

                      I don’t think she’ll be doing anymore interviews where she could be challenged.

  4. Gabby says:

    Fatal Golden Retriever attacks 2019

    I’m kidding Golden Retrievers remain one of the most docile breeds on Earth. Created by man to serve and love.

    Fatal pit bull and pitbull mix attacks (bred for dog on dog combat over a century ago)

    December
    Harris County, TX Medessa Ragsdale, 44
    Bristol County, MA Melissa Astacio, 44
    Harmon County, OK Victor Garces, 12
    McCurtain County, OK Cledith Davenport, 79

    November
    Gwinnett County, GA Lorena Cordova, 47
    Madera County, CA Lasaro Macedo, 38
    Hartford County, CT Janet D’Aleo, 95
    Bay County, MI Brandy Boschen-O’Dell , 41

    October
    Oakland County, MI Benjamin Cobb, 4
    Stanislaus County, CA Dustin Bryan, 21

    September
    Hampton, VA Morgan Crayton, 31
    Bryan County, OK Alan Bruce, 56
    Placer County, CA Baby “Doug” Doe, 1

    August
    Knox County, TN Adrieanna O’Shea, 19
    Wayne County, MI Emma Hernandez, 9
    Dallas County, TX Nelson Cabrera, 16

    July
    Shelby County, TN Mario Moore, 40
    Fayette County, PA Homer Utterback, 52
    Highlands County, FL Melvin Olds Jr., 45

    June
    Marshall County, KY Brian “Scott” Butler, 46
    Ventura County, CA Maria Crawford, 54
    Stanislaus County, CA Nicholas Farris, 2
    Kern County, CA Crystal Pearigen, 36

    May
    St. Lucie County, FL Christine Liquori, 52
    Jefferson County, KY Isaiah Geiling, 2
    Dallas County, TX Johana Villafane, 33
    Alachua County, FL Tanner Kinnamon, 2

    March
    Rowan County, NC Jacari Long, < 1

    February
    Lubbock County, TX Johnnie Garner, 88
    Riverside County, CA Angela Johnson, 54
    Todd County, KY Ashton McGhee, 1

    January
    Potter County, TX Ed Stanley, 85
    San Bernardino County, CA Lana Bergman, 70

    1. Tyler B says:

      LOL and NOT ONE of these fatalities is by a confirmed American Pit Bull Terrier by DNA. They are all bully-type mixes that are comprised of at least 20+ different breeds. A total and obvious manipulation of data and fabrication of misleading statistics… I’m sure sourced from “DogBites” org whose founder is a failed fortune teller (don’t believe me, google it) that basically lumps together all bully-type mixes and dogs (again, 20+ different breeds) and calls them all “pit bulls” in order to keep her ridiculous “non-profit” running. Stop demonizing dogs with manipulated statistics. If you want to be “breed specific” then you have to be “breed specific”… if this list were accurate, it would show a large variety and array of different breeds etc… and guaranteed, there would only be one or two true “American Pit Bull Terriers”. Again, what a joke.

      1. Tyler B says:

        You can’t lump together all of the different bully breeds and mixes (involved in the posted incident list) into one bucket and call them all “pit bulls” because that pretty much goes against every scientific best practice for statistical analysis and risk information. Also, again, if you want to be breed specific then you can’t list “pit bull” because that’s not a breed but instead, a category/type of dog which can include anywhere from 4 to 10 different unique breeds (depending on which breed standards you are going by). On the other hand, if the objective is the skew the results with biased statistics, then lumping all so called “pit bulls” into one bucket is exactly what you’d do (and is what DogBites.org explicitly does). That org is a tabloid and not a legit source for this information.

      2. Gabby says:

        A Border Collie doesn’t need papers to be a Border Collie.
        As far as the different types of pitbulls, you do know the pitbull was created over 100 years ago by cross breeding the Old English Bulldogge with terriers, most notably but not limited to the Bull Terrier. Only difference today is there are many pitbull “breeders” creating designer pitbulls from the same formula. So yes, they are all pitbulls.

        It’s actually quite simple to find if you just look at the pitbull breeders advertisements.

      3. susan richardson says:

        I totally agree with you, Tyler. Pit bull is not an individual breed and those who lump all “pit bulls” into the same bucket (as you described it) and have a very obvious agenda. You are 100% correct on this one. Everyone needs to educate themselves that these statistics are clearly skewed to support a very specific and hateful agenda.

        1. suan richardson says:

          Regardless, there are several peer-reviewed studies on canine DNA that have concluded that the majority of dogs visually identified as “pit bulls” are in fact, mixed breed dogs. So this argument that they are “easy to identify” and “all one breed” is nonsensical and not supported by science. Tyler is 100% correct in his remarks.

          1. Gabby says:

            If I remember correctly those “studies” are from pro-pitbull organizations. Very disingenuous. It’s rather sad that the groups who claim to help pitbulls actually hurt pitbulls. IMHO it all boils down to money.

            A perfect example is posted in the comments here:

            “David Edelstein
            January 17, 2020 at 6:11 am

            “Breed Ban Advocates Say Pit Bull Population Will Explode If Ban Lifted In Denver”
            We certainly hope so!

            Team Pit-a-Full Dog Training & Rehabilitation
            TeamPitAFull.org”

            So these organizations perpetuate the overbreeding, suffering, and exploitation of the pitbull fighting dog. Yeah, promote fighting breed dogs then beg for money because animal shelters are overcrowded. And don’t even mention the skyrocketing number of attacks of livestock, domestic cats, domestic dogs, and people by pitbull dogs. Shameful.

            1. susan richardson says:

              LOL. No words; you obviously will believe what you have been bred to believe. Good luck with that. Truly, good luck.

              1. Gabby says:

                What’s so funny about what I commented. Thought you were “pro-pit”. You should be concerned.

        2. Gabby says:

          Pitbull owners call their pitbulls a pitbull. All we need to do is go to a few pitbull fan pages and they all celebrate their fighting breed dogs regardless if they are the traditional game-bred pit or a designer pit like the “American Bully”.

          1. susan richardson says:

            Colleen, is this you? Seriously, give it up. Go back to fortune telling.

      4. P. Jamison says:

        So a lot of these dogs are mixes. If a dog who has just ripped off someone’s face has some pit, some beagle, some lab, maybe some shihtzu, which genetic component makes it look like a pit bull? And which genes give it the wide jaw that can rip flesh and break bone? Shihtzu? Which genes make an out-of-the-blue attack possible? How about that locking of the jaws that is so hard to release? Is that a Beagle thing? Lab? Smaller non-fighting terriers if they’re cranky will snap and let go. Behaviors are a result of breeding, honest. And if a dog has the wide jaws and the muscular build I don’t care what you choose to call it – I know a bully type when I see it, and if you’re honest, so do you. I hope the city council members don’t allow themselves to be drawn into a semantics argument. This is about public safety.

        1. susan richardson says:

          A very speculative and unscientific comment. Interestingly, the theoretical dog that you’ve described wouldn’t be impacted by Denver’s BSL as it would by definition be a mixed breed dog (even by appearance)… so your attempt at a point/conclusion doesn’t make any sense at all. Again, if you want to be “breed specific” then you have to be “breed specific” instead of attempting to justify breed discrimination and bad public policy through outlandish theories and unscientific, erroneous suppositions. Effective public policy to reduce dog bites and serious incidents targets human factors and a dog’s behavior vs. simply relying on a dog’s supposed breed based on appearance. Again, the theoretical dog in your comment wouldn’t be impacted by BSL. And the comments about “wide, muscular jaws” are even more off topic as there are literally 50+ breeds that can have “wide, muscular jaws” including rottweilers, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, all kinds of bulldogs, and i could go on and provide a complete list of at least 50 breeds. Again, good luck attempting to justify discriminatory breed-specific policies without being breed-specific.

          1. P. Jamison says:

            ” there are literally 50+ breeds that can have “wide, muscular jaws” including rottweilers, mastiffs, dogo argentinos,…” , you mean the breeds you would start supporting if pit bulls are banned, and I would argue against these breeds as well if they were overtaking our shelters. Rottweilers were a problem about 20 years ago but their numbers dwindled when attacks made the news. They are not today’s problem. Pits and pit mixes are. My local shelter has little else to offer. Let me repeat – I know a bully breed when I see it, and so do you, otherwise how would you know which dogs to defend and promote?

            1. susan richardson says:

              Whether you realize it or not, you have just made the case against BSL and instead, for effective breed-neutral laws that focus on human factors and individual dogs based on behavior/aggression. Correct, there are many breeds/mixes that are strong (50+) and over the years, their populations are subject to change; therefore, focusing on just one or several breeds doesn’t make any sense and is ineffective and certain breed become more popular and others less popular. Long term, the rational and most effective solutions for public safety will always be breed-neutral as so many different strong breeds/types/mixes etc. It’s not about advocating for one breed of the other, it’s about having effective, equitable, and rational public safety laws that are breed-neutral and are more effective because they address *all* potentially dangerous dogs based on human factors and on behavior – rather that attempting to legislate dogs based on their appearance.

  5. Bob Cronk says:

    Collen Lyn was bitten when she ran up between a dog and a wall.. one of the most stupid things an “adult” can do. She has done nothing but profit off her bite since it happened

    1. Gabby says:

      Actually the pitbull lobby makes millions upon millions off the suffering and exploitation of pitbull dogs. I seriously doubt victims of pitbull attacks makes any money. I read a few times about families going bankrupt because of the medical bills from a pitbull attack.

      I have also seen many GoFundMe pages where a pitbull mauled a pet or child so badly the victim could not afford to pay the thousands in medical bills so they end up there asking strangers to help because the pitbull owner typically throws his/her hands up in the air and says, “Not my problem” or “It was your fault my pitbull mauled you”.

    2. childsafetyadvocate says:

      Pit bulls kill 200 people every decade in the United States alone. No child should ever be mauled to death because of a dumb dog. Children>>>Dogs

      1. Bob Cronk says:

        the chance of being mauled to death by any dog is less than one half of one percent.

        1. Gabby says:

          Tell that to the victims of pitbull attacks. They will love to hear how “rare” being mauled or killed by a pitbull dog.

      2. Bob Cronk says:

        The picture of Collen Lynn arm is not from the bite.. but from when she fell down. Looking at her I would imagine she is a very thin boned person, which leads to any easy break

  6. Bob Cronk says:

    do a web search on Merrit Clifton and the word fraud…be interested in what you find

  7. P. Jamison says:

    Councilman Herndon’s job is to represent his community, not a special interest group. Granted, this is a well-funded and vocal interest group that feigns sensitivity very well, and of course they vote. But public safety should be your first concern and the facts do show that pit bulls are a public safety hazard. Check in with your postal workers, UPS drivers, and owners of non-aggressive breeds. Listen.

  8. merrittclifton says:

    Brent Toellner neglected to mention that for many years now he has been in effect a full-time paid pit bull advocate. This has coincided with an increase in the percentage of pit bulls in the U.S. dog population from 3.4% circa 2000 to 5.8% today, and an increase in the percentage of pit bull admissions to shelters from circa 10% to more than 50% in almost every major metropolitan area except Denver and other places that enforce pit bull bans. So many pit bulls are either puppies seeking their first homes or cast-offs seeking adoptive homes that surveys of several million electronic classified ads showed a whopping 41% of pit bulls were without permanent homes, nationwide, in 2018––and 54% in 2019, with a turnover rate among pit bulls supposedly in permanent homes of circa 33% per year, including 50%-plus of adult pit bulls. No other breed type has ever had numbers remotely approaching this rate of failure in homes. Indeed, the failure-in-homes-per-year rate for all other breed types combined is around 4%, and has remained at about 4% for more than 40 years. –Merritt & Beth Clifton, editors, ANIMALS 24-7.

  9. Sandy Chlubna says:

    C.L.’s arm was broken when she panicked and fell, not from a dog biting it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjsa2BvRXT8

  10. BSLSavesLives says:

    Really? While Pits are already overpopulating shelters, suffer from extreme backyard breeding, and according to Pit advocates are “the most abused dog type” you hope the population significantly grows?

    Really shows the mindset of Pit advocates. Who cares if thousands of Pits are languishing in shelters so long as you can feel as though you’re ending “discrimination” at the expense of innocent human and pet lives…

  11. Bink says:

    No one ever died because they couldn’t own a pit bull, but dozens of people die every year, and hundreds more are maimed for life because someone just *had* to own one.

    The problem with “punishing the deed instead of the breed” is it ensures there will be plenty of “deeds” to punish.

    Saying that pit bulls are “no different than other dogs” is the same as saying there’s no such thing as dog breeds. Breeds aren’t just for looks–they are for specific traits. Dogs didn’t used to just be pets; they had jobs. Border collies herded, retrievers were game dogs–bred to go into the water and retrieve downed waterfowl without mangling it, beagles and hounds are scent dogs–bred to track game.

    Pit bulls were bred for bloodsport–to fight each other to the death for people to wager on. Sounds positively cuddly, doesn’t it? A dog that will kill its own kind will have little inhibition about attacking and killing a dog-sized child–pit bulls kill a human being nearly every week. Keep the ban.

  12. Brent Toellner says:

    There have been more than 100 communities across the country that have repealed breed bans in recent years. Exactly zero of them are reporting an “explosion” in these types of dogs, bites, etc. It’s just irrational fear mongering. Best of luck for Denver in ending the discrimination.

    1. P. Jamison says:

      Not true. Here’s one: https://www.valleybreeze.com/2019-10-15/pawtucket/pit-bull-attacks-rise-ban-overturned
      Also, if they’ve lifted any bans in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky it might explain the horrors happening there. I don’t know if you feel anything when you see mangled faces and news clips of several people trying to release a screaming kid’s leg from a pit’s locked jaw, but a lot of us find it terrifying. It shouldn’t happen, not one more time.

    2. P.Jamison says:

      Let me throw in another stat for you from the Washington Post – Prince George’s County MD saw a decrease in dog bites of 43% in the 4 years following their pit bull ban. At the same time, the county’s population increased, so more people but fewer pits meant fewer bites.

    3. keepingkidssafe says:

      Stop endangering the lives of children. Pit bulls kill 200 people every decade in the United States alone. Child safety MUST come ahead of dog breed preference. Because no child should ever be mauled to death because of a dumb dog.

  13. David L says:

    Herndon is ill-educated. Its called GENETICS. Certain canine types carry pre-disposed traits from centuries of breeding for certain tasks. Bloodhounds, beagles, pointers, border collies all have intrinsic qualities the just “do” without training. What were pit bulls bred to do? Kill. And they are strong enough to do this very well.

    Fatality statistics don’t lie. Emergency room statistics don’t lie. It isn’t all “how you raise them” otherwise other breeds would be on par with the damage this breed puts out. They also kill more other dogs than all other breeds combined.

    If you care about children, public safety or your own pet, do the wise thing and keep this restriction in tact. You cannot “go back” and restore a child’s life or fix permanent physical damage.

  14. David Edelstein says:

    “Breed Ban Advocates Say Pit Bull Population Will Explode If Ban Lifted In Denver”
    We certainly hope so!

    Team Pit-a-Full Dog Training & Rehabilitation
    TeamPitAFull.org

    1. Gabby says:

      You’re just perpetuating the overbreeding, suffering, and exploitation of the pitbull fighting dog. It’s hard to tell if pitbull “advocates” do this intentionally or just a low information pitbull owner.

      Dog fighters created pitbulls and the only reason pitbulls exist is for money and entertainment for the morally bankrupt.

      1. Bob Cronk says:

        I have owned adopted pit bulls for over 20 years and have found they make an excellent companion dog. I also volunteer at a shelter and walk and work with pit bulls as much as I can. Great dogs for the right type of owner.

        1. Gabby says:

          YMMV

          Posted: Jan 13, 2020

          DAYTON, Ohio – Police are investigating after an infant died of injuries sustained from being attacked by a family dog.

          According to the coroner, the infant bled to death.

          According to a 911 call, a parent had returned home to find the baby on the floor and not breathing. The parent also told the dispatcher a family member was supposed to be watching the girl.

          “It’s painful to have that young of a child taken out of your life because of a dog,” said Darleen Bohannon, a neighbor.

          1. Gabby says:

            Guess the breed that killed the infant. If you guessed pitbull dog you were right.

            1. Bob Cronk says:

              Colleen Lynn is such a female dog… looks like the north end of my pitty when he is going south

              1. Gabby says:

                I wish we could trade you for Darla Napora.

                1. Bob Cronk says:

                  Wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which gets fuller the fastest… dumb female dog

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