Voters in Denver overturned the 30-year-old pit bull ban earlier this week. The Ballot Measure 2J received more than 65 percent approval. An ordinance banning ownership of pit bulls passed in 1989 after a number of residents had been attacked.
According to CbsNews, the city council had voted to end the ban in February, but Mayor Michael Hancock vetoed the bill because of concerns he expressed that people could be harmed by the dogs. In 1986, a three-year-old child was fatally attacked in Denver.
Although Mayor Hancock stated he could not make the decision to overturn the ban because of his concerns, he supported putting the decision to the voters of Denver.
“Denverites voted to repeal the city’s 30-year-old ban on pit bulls. Passing the measure will allow the city to grant a provisional permit to pit bull owners as long as the owner micrchips the animal & complies with add’l requirement set by @DASanimals: denvergov.org,” posted the City and County of Denver.
The repeal will begin on January 1 and the following requirements will include:
- Limit of 2 pit bulls and must get a special permit
- Dogs must be microchipped and vaccinated
- If there are no incidents with the dog for 3 years, the special restrictions will no longer apply.
A group of animal activists Replace Denver BSL hailed the result on their Facebook page.
“Finally, we want to reiterate our gratitude to Councilman Herndon for his endless support, as well as the other council members who believed in and voted for us in February. We also want to state our appreciation to the mayor for standing by his promise to support the will of the people.
In the words of one of our supporters, we, the people of Denver, override your veto.”
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