Growing up without the pleasure of having my own dog I turned to my neighbors dog Daisy to fulfill my childhood fantasy of having my own pup. Although I was across the alley, Daisy and I still knew how to keep in touch. I would open my window on the second story and call to Daisy, who would climb on top of the garage in the yard to come say hello. We did this for 5 years until one day she was gone. It was in Denver, 2005, and a bad day for Daisy to be a Pit Bull.
In May of 2005 Denver put it's Pit Bull Ban into effect and pit bulls like Daisy faced a bleak future. Their owners either have to move outside city limits or in Daisy's case, turned over to animal control and sentenced to death. Not only had my neighbors dog done absolutely nothing wrong but thousands of other dogs lives are cut short due to breed discrimination.
The media crowds behind the ban and tries to enstill fear of the breed by disproportionately covering stories involving pit bull attacks. Denverites know better, and are not oblvious to the fact that people create bad dogs, they are not born this way.
The dogs confiscated from their owners are put on "pit bull row" where they are kept in a secured area until they are euthenized. There are no behavioral evaluations to justify the killing. As far as I am aware there have not been studies to see if this ban has truely helped keep Denver safe.
Lift the pit bull ban and let our dogs come home.
- City of Denver
The Denver Pit Bull ban is a radical, impractical ban that puts a target on the backs of one of the sweetest most loyal breeds. The ban should not target specific breeds, but instead focus on individual dogs that are considered dangerous after behavioral testing. Lift the ban and stop sentencing innocent dogs to death.
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