By Jeff Gurney

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he has not made up his mind whether he will sign a repeal of the city’s pit bull ban. The mayor says if he plans to veto the measure, he must notify the sponsor of the repeal by the end of Friday.

In a video statement, Hancock said he wants to make a “thoughtful and informed” decision.

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He says he’s been inundated with reaction, with 900 emails, Twitter and Facebook comments as well as hundreds of phone calls for and against the measure. A group also submitted a petition with more than 100 signatures to his office on Thursday.

Denver City Council members recently passed the ordinance by a 7-4 vote. The law will take effect in 90 days if approved by the mayor. It ends the 30-year-old breed specific ban.

The decision to replace the ban with breed specific licensing was made after more than an hour of comment from the community. Supporters argued the law is not only outdated but flawed.

The Mayor says he was considering the history of the ban; how it went into effect following the death of a 3-year-old child, mauled by a pit bull to death in 1989.

If vetoed, this would be Hancock’s first as mayor.

Under the ordinance, owners would have to register, micro-chip and spay or neuter their dog.

Jeff Gurney

  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.

    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

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