Aurora Colorado enacted a breed discriminatory law targeting "pit bulls" years ago during the height of pit bull hysteria. Now because of the U.S. Department of Justice's ruling that cities can't discriminate against pit bull service dogs, they are reworking their ordinance to comply with federal law.
Studies show that canine profiling fails to enhance public safety. Indeed, Topeka, Kansas just repealed their breed discriminatory ordinance because it was ineffective and extremely expensive to enforce. Determining a dog's heritage is not easy. A recent study by Dr. Victoria Voith found that animal shelters are correct in identifying a dog's heritage only 25% of the time when they compared the visual identification to the dog's DNA.
Aurora should follow Topeka's lead and enact a comprehensive reckless owner/dangerous dog law that protects citizens from all dangerous dogs and stop canine profiling.
Instead of the breed discriminatory ordinance, Aurora should enact a comprehensive dangerous dog/reckless owner law similar to the law that was passed in Topeka, Kansas. Topeka repealed its law targeting "pit bulls" because the city attorney found that it was extremely expensive to enforce and failed to protect the public. Indeed, studies from the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands show that canine profiling fails to protect the public.
Additionally, it's hard to determine what a "pit bull" is. According to Dr. Victoria Voith, animal control's visual identification of a dog's heritage is correct in only 25% of the cases when compared with DNA analysis.
This is America. Responsible pet owners should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose; reckless owners should be prohibited from owning any dog.
Thank you for your consideration.