Pro-puppy-cuddler: Would a Beagle+Lab&Pit mix be included in the Aurora, Co "Pit Bull" ban?
I have this adorable little person named "Bandit". He's an adorable 2 1/2 year old dog. He sleeps on his back, with is blaket over him, sucking his paws all night long. He's lazy, bendable, flopable, most wiggly dog I have ever seen!! He just oozes his body off the couch, across peoples laps, across the floor, and just flops his cute self infront of anyone so he can always get what he wants. He's never growled at anything but squirrels, and only barks "I love you!" and "Out side." I love this adorble little guy, but I am worried that I might have to give him up to be put down because of this "Pit Bull" ban in Aurora, Colorado.
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His mother was an English Beagle, and his father was a Labrador Retriever - Pit Bull Terrier mix. However, he looks just like his mother,white and brown but with longer legs.
Because he is 1/4 Pit Bull will I have to give him up, or will I get to keep him since he's a Mutt. I am having him neutered Today, I worry they will take him from me.
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Answer by wayne A
I wouldn't think so because to be known as a pitbull cross wouldn't he have to be first registered, you could just deny that he has any pitbull in him if that were the case. Is he registered and did you have to declare his breed (or knowledge of).
We have a restricted dog ban in Australia - which pitbulls are top of the list. Although i had known a family who had a beautiful and suprisingly friendly one which they kept a secret from the authorities, but I think eventually they just moved because of it.
Answer by sal_avalanche
First, the Aurora Pit Bull (American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier) ban doesn't require that you would have to give up the dog – it requires that all Pit Bulls be licensed, that the owner carries a certain amount of insurance, that each dog be micro-chipped and that they be muzzled when in public.
Secondly, there is currently on-going litigation to get the ban lifted, so it may be a moot point anyway. (Photo Credit: Becker1999/Flickr )
Answer by nomorebsi
I am an Aurora Citizen currently working to have the restricted breed ordinance repealed and a dangerous dog ordinance without reference to breed put in to place. I am very knowledgeable about the law here in Aurora. First to answer your question. Technically, if your dog does not have a majority (50%+) of the CHARACTERISTICS as set forth by UKC or AKC guidelines of any of the 10 breeds of dogs that are banned in Aurora, more specifically as per the opinion of 3 animal conrol officers that do the inspections, than your dog is fine. I have to stress though that your dog doesn't have to have any of the 10 breeds in him, just a majority of the characteristics.
Now the city is actually considering repealing the law, this is huge, please write the city council members you support repealing the law and replacing with a dangerous dog ordinance without reference to breed. Second, if your not already here, don't move in to Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Castle Rock, or Lone Tree if your dog in any way resembles a pit bull. Great cities to live in here are Parker, Lakewood, Golden, and Englewood. Good luck!
Also I don't know who sal_avalanche is but Aurora actually applies to 10 breeds of dogs including all the pit bull breeds. Also if your lucky you will have 24 hours to remove the dog from the city if the dog is found to have a majority of the characteristics of the restricted breeds. You will be imposed a $900 fine along with other costs,they may also immediately cease your dog and your dog will be euthenized following a court hearing.
When the law was enacted existing dogs in the city were grandfathered in if they met certain requirements, but after that date any restricted breeds found in the city may be given the opportunity to leave the city, or will otherwise be euthenized. The on going litigation does not lift the ban at all. It is about a disabled veteran and his service dog.
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Don’t risk your pup being taken away by animal services.
“If your dog is impounded by Denver Animal Protection as an illegal pit bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire terrier or Staffordshire bull terrier, it will be brought to the Denver Animal Shelter for an official breed evaluation.”
Please contact Denver Animal Shelter to get your dog evaluated prior if you have concerns. They can do quick preliminary assessment over the e-mail by photos.