DENVER (CBS4) – The entire Denver City Council will hear a proposal to end the ban on bully breed dogs — including pit bulls, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, on Monday night. Last month, a council committee voted to move forward with a proposed license that would bring Pit Bulls back to Denver.

Denver City Council will consider a proposal to end the city's ban on bully breed dogs.

Denver City Council will consider a proposal to end the city’s ban on bully breed dogs. (credit: CBS)

The City and County of Denver passed the ban in 1989 after two attacks resulting in death and serious injury. According to the proposal, a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association has found pit bulls are not disproportionately dangerous compared with other dogs. More than 100 cities have repealed their bans entirely.

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Denver Councilman Chris Herndon

Denver Councilman Chris Herndon (credit: CBS)

Councilman Chris Herndon says breed-specific bans are ineffective, as there are still pit bulls in Denver. He believes his proposed breed-restrictive license would bring those dogs out of the shadows — holding bad owners accountable, without punishing good dogs with bad reputations.

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Under the proposal, the owner of the dog will have to provide proof that the animal has a registered microchip implanted, as well as proof of vaccination. Also, an application for a breed-restricted license will include the owner’s name and address, two emergency contacts and a description of the pit bull and photograph.

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The owner can not have more than two pit bulls at one time. Animal protection must be notified within eight hours if the dog has escaped or attacked a person or animal.

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If there are no violations during the dog’s probationary three-year license period, the owner can apply for a new license – the same one needed for any other dog.