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COLORADO BREED BANS

 

Colorado is home of the beautiful Rockies and a great place to live with your furry friends. The American Pet Products Association ranked Denver as No. 15 on a list of 100 of Best Dog-Friendly Cities. The city scored high for having great weather, pet-friendly walking and hiking trails, a large number of dog parks, and businesses that are happy to serve humans and their pets. Colorado Springs comes in even higher, taking the No. 3 spot overall nationwide, with high rankings for health care & wellness and outdoor environment. But did you know that parts of Colorado have Breed Specific Legislation that would prohibit you and your furry friend from living there due to the specific breed of your dog. Denver is an area that doesn’t welcome Pit Bulls (defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of the above breeds) and the specific breed is strictly banned. The outcome of violating this legislation would force you to relocate your dog to an address outside of Denver and within a city that allows that breed.

We have compiled a list of cities in Colorado that have Breed Specific Legislation. So if you’re in the market to buy or rent a home and have a furry companion, be sure that your dogs breed isn’t on this list:

AURORA

“It [is] unlawful for any person to have, own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the   city any pit bull or restricted breed of dog. “Pit bull” … is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds.”

CASTLE ROCK

“It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell within the town any pit bull”

COMMERCE CITY

“Applies to pit bulls, defined as “American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds”
(a) [Prohibited.] It is unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport (except as permitted in subsection (g)(3) below) or sell within the city any pit bull except as provided herein.
(b) Registration.
(1) The owner of a pit bull shall be entitled to keep a pit bull only if such owner initially registered such pit bull with the city’s police department by November 1, 2005.
(2) Initial registration is not transferable.”

DENVER

“It [is] unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the city any pit bull. A “pit bull” … is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. The A.K.C. and U.K.C. standards for the above breeds are on file in the office of the clerk and recorder, ex officio clerk of the City and County of Denver, at City Clerk Filing No. 89457.”

LA JUNTA

“It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell within the City any pit bull as defined herein. (Ord. 1431 §1, 2006)
6.17.030 Exceptions.
(1) The owner of a pit bull who has applied for and received a dog license for such pit bull pursuant to Section 6.17.040 below, on or before December 1, 2006, and who maintains the pit bull at all times in compliance with the pit bull license requirements of Sections 6.17.040 and 6.17.050 below and all other applicable requirements of this Code, may keep a pit bull within the City.”

LONE TREE

“It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, possess, maintain or harbor any pit bull or transport pit bulls through the City, except as provided in this Article. (Ord. 2003-810 §1; Ord. 2004-828, Pt. 1)
Sec. 7-242. Definitions
For purposes of this Article, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed hereafter:
Pit bull is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or any dog displaying the majority of the physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club for any of the above breeds.
Any Colorado licensed veterinarian may attest to whether or not any dog meets this definition.
Sec. 7-243. Exceptions.
(1) The owner of a pit bull, who has applied for and received a pit bull license from the City for such pit bull, in accordance with Subsection (d) of this Section and all other applicable requirements of this Chapter, may keep the licensed pit bull within the City. The license will replace the regular dog license required elsewhere in this Chapter.”

LOUISVILLE

“Sec. 6.12.160. – Pit bulls prohibited.
A. Prohibition.
It is unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the city any pit bull.”
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