Aurora’s pit bull election is over, but the battle for owners lives on

Juliet Piccone, a lawyer who has represented several clients cited for having a banned breed says the fight is not over for pit bull advocates in Colorado. She says advocates are looking to what they can do at the state level

AURORA | A lanky black dog with a white nose patch stands shivering in the front office of a no-kill animal shelter. Deb Brinkley, who owns DMK Rehoming, located on the outskirts of Aurora in unincorporated Arapahoe County, speaks to it softly and attempts to calm it down by feeding it Pup-Peroni treats.

“I bet she’s probably at the maximum, maybe a year old,” Brinkley says. “She doesn’t have the ear crop or the tail. That makes them look gnarly when they chop them to pieces.”

Brought in as a stray, the whimpering, elf-eared puppy is a pit bull that was picked up in Aurora. The city, which has banned certain breeds of pit bulls for nearly a decade, voted in November to keep that ban by an overwhelming margin of 2 to 1. Aurora’s vote was the first in the nation to be on a general-election ballot.

DMK Rehoming

A pitiful puppy was dropped off at a nearby fire department before Martin Pearson brought her to the shelter Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Samantha (lower right) hunts for a spot on the couch to cuddle up next to Ginger Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Ginger enjoys a spot on a couch Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Samantha stands on her hind quarters to give founder Deb Brinkley a kiss Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DMK Rehoming
DMK Rehoming

A pitiful puppy was dropped off at a nearby fire department before Martin Pearson brought her to the shelter Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DMK Rehoming

A pitiful puppy was dropped off at a nearby fire department before Martin Pearson brought her to the shelter Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DMK Rehoming

A collage of happy puppy photos decorates DMK Rehoming Nov. 10 in Aurora. The shelter is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DMK Rehoming

Rescue dogs wait for their lunch Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming in Aurora. The shelter is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DMK Rehoming

Amber smiles for the camera Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DMK Rehoming

A fun doodle decorates a wall Nov. 10 at DMK Rehoming. The shelter DMK is not able to take in all of the pit bulls relinquished by owners who live in city limits. In November, Aurora voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long pit bull ban by a 2-to-1 margin. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Brinkley says she receives half a dozen calls each month from pit bull owners in Aurora as well as Denver, where there is also a ban on the breed. The owners caught unaware, find themselves scrambling to place their pets rather than move someplace else. “I get so worried about placing them. We have one that’s been here seven months now, and it doesn’t look like she’s going to move anytime soon,” Brinkley says.

She says a general fear of the breed makes it much more difficult to adopt pit bulls out than other dogs.

“We’ve taken some, but I can’t take the ones I know are not adoptable right away because I can’t keep them. If I keep them too long in a kennel, it stops me from getting other dogs that are adoptable and getting them placed,” she explains. Brinkley keeps 51 rescue dogs at the shelter, most would otherwise be destroyed. 

She adds that visitors often mistake other breeds at the shelter for pit bulls. “I think it really has affected our adoptions,” she said of Aurora’s ban. 

Brinkley says keeping the ban on pit bulls will only reinforce people’s perceptions that all pit bulls are dangerous. “If people were more responsible, the dogs wouldn’t have such a bad reputation,” she says.

Juliet Piccone, a lawyer who has represented several clients cited for having a banned breed says the fight is not over for pit bull advocates in Colorado. She says advocates are looking to what they can do at the state level. Colorado outlaws breed-specific legislation, but Aurora and Denver’s home rule gives both cities immunity from statewide enforcement on municipal matters.

Piccone, who recently founded the nonprofit Coloradans for Breed Neutral Dog Laws, says she will work with national and local organizations to help pass measures that could force the issue for home rule cities in the state. Piccone points to animal rescue advocates’ success with a bill passed in Utah last spring prohibiting any local government from enacting breed-discriminatory legislation.

Breed bans have been challenged but so far upheld in Colorado courts. The state Supreme Court upheld Denver’s pit bull ban in 1991, and a federal court dismissed a challenge to Aurora’s ban in 2009.

One thing Piccone is sure of is she won’t look to Aurora City Council to repeal the ban in the future. 

“I know they don’t have the power to remove the ban anymore. That’s why they put it on a citizen ballot. I know that no city council person who wants to keep their job is going to touch it,” she says.

Aurora City Councilwoman Marsha Berzins says constituents simply didn’t want to take the chance with repealing a ban the city’s Animal Care Division says is working.

“I think that a lot of people remember the dog attacks and the things that happened in the past, and they don’t want to go back to that time,” she says.

Two days after the ban was enacted in 2005, a 10-year-old boy lost his arm to a pit bull attack. Supporters of banning the dogs say pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds and should be barred from Aurora. Plus, opponents say, because Denver and other cities have similar bans, Aurora would become a dumping ground for dogs barred from other cities.

Aurora City Councilwoman Renie Peterson, who made repealing the ban a priority in 2014 doesn’t expect the ban to come up at council meetings in 2015. Even if it does, she says she doesn’t know if she would rally behind another effort to repeal it. “I invested too much time and energy for a no-win situation,” she says.

Aurora Sentinel Staff Writer Brandon Johansson and the Associated Press contributed to this story

  • ratnok

    Why use the word “destroyed?” The dogs are not umbrellas or coffee cups. They are living, breathing, functioning beings. To end a life is to “kill.” Be honest. They will be killed if they are not provided homes.

    • Carli Webb

      Yes, they are living, breathing, functioning beings whose function is to kill. You are right, the word “destory” is a euphemism. These dogs need to be killed, not destroyed.

      • Fast Eddie

        completely inaccurate and ignorant comment

      • Deb

        Carli, does every single PitBull kill? Be honest.

        • Carolyn Lathrop

          Of course not every pit bull kills. But according to the United Kennel Club, “most” have the severe temperament flaw of dog aggression, which makes any dog dangerous (and a WHOLE lot less fun to own). Pit pushers often argue that THEIR rescue pit bull wouldn’t hurt a fly and that may be true. Maybe they won the genetic lottery (hey, some border collies are couch potatoes and some labs hate the water, too). But they should also remember that the price paid for their atypical, dog friendly, pit bull was the suffering and deaths of scores of more typical pit bulls who never even made it to the adoption floor because no remotely responsible rescue thinks they are safe.

      • Mary

        you conveniently ignore that 99.99999% of these dogs have not killed or attacked anyone.
        my dogs have done nothing. millions of dogs have done nothing.

      • Teri

        I think someone should probably wiped your ass off the earth too Carli. You’re not worth the time this response has taken me to write.

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        And they need to BE killed because they DO kill AND destroy.

    • Karen

      You’re arguing semantics – who cares, the result is what’s important.

  • Jason Fraser

    The people have Aurora have spoken loudly and let it be known they do not want these 4-legged killing machines in their neighborhoods. No one cares how many land sharks are taken in and killed — the only good pit bull is a dead pit bull!

    • josh

      You sir are an idiot that knows nothing about the breed other than what the news channels tell you.. Do your research and see what the #1breed is when it comes to dogs that bite.. and when you see what breed it is maybe we should start banning them as well

      • Bob Rtarp

        Simply
        put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms;
        rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers
        point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are
        part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in
        the underlying breeding program ”

        Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters
        and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they
        attack!

        It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

        It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

        Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

        A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it
        genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to
        retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.

        They do what they are and a pit bull type dog
        is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you
        do can change that, even if you have them from birth.

        No matter if you love them, or how you
        nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth,
        you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure,
        Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

        For over 600 years the current pit bull type
        dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create
        the most violent murderous fighting dog possible

        • josh

          You are absolutely high off your ass to think anything you just typed makes any sense.. my pit is now 12 and I have had her since she was 8weeks .. not once has she ever displayed these moronic traits you so ignorantly described in your typing babble above , but yet has shown nothing but true love, and passion and loyalty for my kids and family. She has not tried to “Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure,
          Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit”, as your ignorance says above. Get off your ass and away from mainstream media and actually go out and see what this breed, and these dogs are truly all about .

          • pitty bull

            Dogsbite.org members know all .

          • Karen

            So? That doesn’t negate the facts and statistics of these kid killers.

          • Pam Loken

            Facts and statistics, comes from what is reported…..I’m STILL waiting to hear about that *German Shepherd* biting that took place…..but NO report….bet that misses your STATISTICS report….

          • Nick Campbell

            Please post your address.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            John Harvard, Jordan Ryan, Beau Rutledge, Mia Derouen, Kara Hartrich, Braelynn Coulter, Ryan Maxwell, Daxton Borchardt, Tyler Jett, Nephi Selu, Levi Watson

        • Mary

          Everyone of the dogs above including fighting dogs have to be trained to do their jobs. This is DBO propaganda. Proof there isn’t a canine expert in your camp

          • Carolyn Lathrop

            Actually, eight week old border collie puppies often exhibit herding behavior and eight week old pointers and brittanies often point. While the border collie isn’t going to win a sheepdog trial without additional training, all the training in the world won’t result in a pit bull capable of winning a sheepdog trial. And even the best trainer in the world couldn’t train most goldens to launch the kind of sustained attack on a human being necessary to kill a person or sever his limbs but pit bulls do this kind of damage on a regular basis with no trying whatsoever. .

          • mary bishop olson

            it’s not as often as you think…all dogs have to be trained to do their job……to say a pit bull is the only large breed to do this amount of damage is a very inaccurate statement…you conveniently ignore that 99.99999% of these dogs have not killed or attacked anyone. but if you are going to throw in 20 breeds that aren’t even pit bulls into the mix.. it’s easy to see where you get your math skills from…

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            This is Mary the Astronaut, everyone.

        • susan

          Actually the “Pit bull” was a originally considered a Nanny dog because of its loyalty. It would be entrusted to guard children…so much for the “violet murderous fighting” dig theory…plus if you did your research you would see your that the #1 leading breed for dog bites is your sweet innocent looking idiotic Lab!

          • Carolyn Lathrop

            Pit bulls were never called “nanny dogs.” That is a modern (and dangerous) lie spread (and no spread and spread) by pit pushers to try to market pit bulls. Google “nanny dog myth BADRAP” and you will see that even this pit bull advocacy group admits that there is no historical evidence of pit bulls being called “nanny dogs.”

          • Frank2525

            There is a big difference between dog bites, and dog killing. Pit bulls, bulldogs bite, hold on, mangle and kill. And like humans, can be very docile until something turns them. You can jump my case, but when choosing dogs in my lifetime (85 years) I chose rabbit beagles (small one and medium size beagles) and coon hounds. We also had herd dogs to go get the cattle, horses, mules, on command, and bring them in from far end of farm. Also chose our horses and mules to work, and ride. We have choices in this life, and why choose a wolf, wolf-mix, or one of the unpredictable types? At birth, all puppies and kittens are cute, and lovable, but you consider what they will be when grown. We also had several poodles in our family as we moved in military to different states, and housing changes.

          • Brenda Carr

            The Pit bull was NEVER, I repeat NEVER considered a nanny dog until people that wanted to push the breed came up with that lie. Also, we’re not talking about bites, we’re talking about deaths.

          • Julieveggie

            The good news is that I have noticed less pit advocates regurgitating the nanny myth. It’s was started by a pit bull breeder as as advertising gimmick in the 70’s to sell more pit bulls. Where have you been? Stop spreading misinformation: UPDATE 5/21/13: Two years and nine months after the Nanny Dog Myth Revealed was first published, BAD RAP, a major pit bull advocacy group publicly announced that it will no longer support the Nanny Dog myth because it endangers children. While it is too late for many children, hopefully many will be saved in the future. Thank you, BAD RAP
            http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2010/08/nanny-dog-myth-revealed.html

            From Bad Rap: Did you know that there was never such thing as a ‘Nanny’s Dog’? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls. While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog – A recipe for dog bites!https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399

            There are countless stories like this one where a beloved family pit-bull has turned on a family member. http://17barks.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-happened-to-gavin.html 13 kids killed this year by their beloved pit bull. You can read their individual tragedies here: http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2014.php

            The good news is that I have noticed less pit advocates regurgitating the nanny myth. It’s was started by a pit bull breeder as as advertising gimmick in the 70’s to sell more pit bulls.

            Well socialized dogs may be highly tolerant of rough handling, but expecting them to be Super Beings is setting them up to fail. Watch this video to see how far one parent pushes his luck. From KC Dog Blog: “This 2 minute video is an excellent demonstration of why it’s so important for people to understand canine behavior, warning signals, and why owner education is so important.” Don’t worry – the child isn’t hurt in this video, but see how many times the dog tells his person how horribly uncomfortable he is. https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Pit bulls were never “nanny” dogs. Dog men bred pit bulls to fight each other in pits a couple of hundred years ago in England. What idiot would imagine a fighting breed dog to be a “nanny” dog? Give us a break with the nanny dog myth, people. A bite and a mauling that removes arms, legs or kills the victim is entirely different than a “bite”. Anything with teeth can bite, even a human.

        • Pam Loken

          a hunting dog will need to be TAUGHT how to hunt…they are not BORN that way…..
          and that goes for all the *farm* dogs * sled dogs* ect….ect….ect

          • Karen

            That’s a laugh – Bulls*&t!

          • Pam Loken

            so your telling me a sled puppy born today will know how to pull that sled tomorrow……YES Karen…that IS a laugh

      • Retiree

        Ten most uninsurable dog breeds. #1: Pit Bulls!
        https://www.inmyarea.com/resources/insurance/dog-breeds-uninsurable/

        • josh

          Got my dog insured simple and easy when aurora grandfathered her in

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            When your pit dies, you moving?

      • Pam Loken

        He knows it, he relishes in it too

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Aurora DID ban the number one breed to maul, maim and kill more people, pets and livestock animals than all other breeds combined. A simple bite can in no way be compared to a mauling which maims and/or kills. Silly boy.

    • pitty bull

      Still at it brain dead idiot ?

    • Tammy Olson

      You’re showing your ignorance in spades, Jason Fraser. Bet you think women belong in the kitchen too.

      • Karen

        What does keeping your children, pets, and community safe have to do with women in the kitchen? That makes no sense at all. I am a woman (with a career), and I, along with hundreds of thousands of others, agree wholeheartedly with his statement (as evidenced by the outcome of the vote).

        • Pam Loken

          the only career you have is trying to get people to think like a killer……you people are dirty people…I’m sure your groups hound people out there just like you do on here…..

          • Karen

            “You people” are the ones citizens voted “overwhelmingly” to keep out of their town! Twice.

          • Pam Loken

            they must like dirty killers to live in their city then….cool, stay there and live among the haters of the world…..let us have our *free* world back…..I think more and more we need to ban ugly people such as you and your *following*

          • Nick Campbell

            Who is the *hater* now? You should try not throwing so many assumptions around about people you obviously don’t know. I imagine you live by rules too Pam. So much for your free world.

  • Nick Campbell

    Of the 150+ dog breeds out there, I would question why a person needs to have to have a pit bull.

    • Fast Eddie

      it is not a need but a choice. And that is our right as Americans. And actually there are well over 250 breeds of dog

      • Carol Miller

        Clay, the residents of Aurora have made a choice and it is their right to do so. Personal property may be regulated for the purpose of public safety. Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, guns, all are regulated.

        • snowbird04

          Then all dogs should be regulated in CO. No worries, they will be legal soon enough. This is just the beginning.

          • Carolyn Lathrop

            The irony is that where pit bulls are legal, pit bull suffering drastically INCREASES because virtually all pit bull breeders and so many pit bull owners are so grossly irresponsible. Virtually everywhere that does not pass breed specific legislation find it shelters and shelter freezers glutted with pit bulls. Two thirds of the dog’s killed in shelters are pit bulls which means 2000 pit bulls die per DAY. If pit pushers would spend even a fraction of the energy that they spend trying to PRO MOTE pit bulls, actually lobbying for laws to regulate irresponsible pit bull breeding, this wouldn’t be the case. But pit pushers really don’t care even about protecting pit bulls as is evident by the fact that virtually all of them actively OPPOSE the kind of bsl needed to control irresponsible pit bull breeders.

          • gouko787

            What you don’t understand it that funds to support projects to help uneducated and irresponsible owners are withheld from cities with BSL.
            Most of the people opposing BSL would be eager to start programs that teach responsible ownership, but, as with Aurora, no funding is available for the city and groups because the majority of animal welfare groups and donors are SO opposed to BSL.

          • MrColorado

            Like that will work. It sounds great, but people don’t change that easily unfortunately. Not to mention 85% of PITPBULL owners think their mutt could never hurt a fly.

          • gouko787

            Nice 85% stat. Is that from Merritt Clifton and citing blog posts and dogsbite.org spin off sites?
            And yes, true change takes time and effort, but will yield much better success than prohibition.

          • Jeffrey Morris

            http://www.westword.com/news/photos-ten-dog-breeds-with-the-most-and-fewest-bites-in-denver-6053669 over 20 years and its still at number 3. Not to mention denver is one of the top ten cities for dog attacks. With the lab attacking the most.

          • Bill Frederick

            Idiot.

          • Frank2525

            Well golly? I have seen the police come, and at same time they call dog wardens, for aggressive dogs of other breeds. And if any dog bites, it usually gets a report from doctor, hospital, or clinic, into the legal channels. And I saw immediate change in picking up dogs running loose years, ago when I sent email to each, individual city council person, Mayor, and City Manager telling them the Aurora code was a “dam”? joke. The warden was fired, and another person was very active in seeing stray dogs disappeared off our streets. Until after 2006 when we began to see rapid turnover in house occupants. Lot of folks headed elsewhere (tenants), replaced by home owners after 2008, when houses sold as fixer-uppers and prices dropped due to much needed repairs of damaged, and trashed houses.

      • Carolyn Lathrop

        Nope. You DON’T have a “choice” to own a pit bull in Aurora. Sorry about that. Absolute breed bans aren’t the best solution, but they are better for pit bulls than leaving their fate in the irresponsible hands of the pit bull community, virtually all of whom think it is no problem at all that pit bulls kill more than half of people killed by dogs and 2000 pit bulls a

      • Frank2525

        Glad you made the correction, but you have the choice of living out in the country (far out in the country) if you own a pit bull, or the larger breeds that keep folks awake at night with yodeling. Happens when owners keep them tied or contained in back yards, ignoring them except on special occasions. Media has to put out warnings when temperatures going to be extremely hot, to put out shade and water, or in winter when it will be cold below freezing. Families claim their dog is part of the family, but I am glad I was not born in those families. And we as neighbors do not really enjoy the dog singing groups.

        • Mike Okey

          Thank you! the Dim people just don’t get it. It is a people problem not a dog problem! Hound dogs are the loudest yodelers. I know I had one only dog I ever had that would just howl inside the house or out back.

      • Nick Campbell

        Wow! over 250 breeds and you have to have the one that’s banned, that says it all.

      • Nick Campbell

        Let’s all buck the system and stick it to “the man”, everyone go get a pit.

        • Mary Ann Redfern

          Is your skull as thick as your pit bulls’ skulls or what?

          • Nick Campbell

            Mary Ann, I don’t have a pit. I was mocking the mentality behind a good number of these posts.

          • KenRob

            Especially Mary Ann’s. Such a sweetie. /s

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Awwww, thanks, enro. You are toooo kind.

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Well, it is not your right in Aurora, Denver, Miami-Dade and literally hundreds of other towns and jurisdictions across America. Deal with it and shut up.

      • Nick Campbell

        Eddie, what part of the country do you live in? You seem to be posting all over the country as an animal activist. Unless you are a registered Aurora, CO voter and/ or resident, you don’t count.

        • Pam Loken

          doesn’t matter Nick…..we are the voices for innocent animals being put down …just because of a certain breed…..
          personally, I’m happy as hell NOT to be living by or even near your town

          • Nick Campbell

            It makes me happy too.

          • Nick Campbell

            I hope you are a vegan too, because fast food is now serving your innocent animals on a bun. Go bug them please.

          • Pam Loken

            Now you confirmed my suspicion…..Mary Ann….you are sad

          • Nick Campbell

            I don’t know Mary Ann, do you ever stop making assumptions or is this how you cope with the atrocities in the world. I thought people in Wisconsin were more open minded, but you speak for everyone there so I guess not.

          • Pam Loken

            I’m hoping they are more open minded! at least in my life time on earth

    • snowbird04

      Pit bull is not one breed. It is quite a few different breeds, and most people are mutts. Mutts make up 50% of the population. I have pit bulls, because they are the most loyal dogs. That is a perfect reason to choose a pit bull. What got me into pit bulls at first, was the misinformation floating around about them, and now I prove on a daily basis to people first hand, that they are good dogs. I change minds every single day. Why do people choose different clothes, different cars, different homes. It really boils down to a personal preference in what one likes.

      • Carolyn Lathrop

        While I don’t doubt that many people profess to “change their minds” about pit bulls when they meet one who doesn’t bite them, their opinions are based on ignorance about dog dangerousness. Even the most dangerous dogs are very often not dangerous unless aroused. 99% of the time they seem perfectly safe. Kane, the presa canario that mauled Diane Whipple to death, happily accepted petting from little old ladies during his walks. Then he killed somebody because that is what he was bred to do.

      • Carolyn Lathrop

        Pit pushers often say that pit bulls are exceptionally “loyal” and give that as a reason to own them. I am really curious as to what that means in concrete terms, since nearly all dogs can be described as “loyal.”

        • gouko787

          Hate pushers often say that pits are bred to kill and attack and give that as a reason to kill them all. I am really curious how they account for the fact that 99% of these dogs live their lives with no problems at all regarding aggression, let alone killing?!?!?!? Especially since all dogs are descended from wolves and have been domesticated.

          • Mike Okey

            Don’t use facts and numbers it gives them headaches. Smoke comes out of their ears.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Comedian?

          • MrColorado

            Yes only 1% (5%?) causes most of the issues. However, with so many good breeds available there is no good reason to put up with that 1% ripping the faces off of children.

          • gouko787

            Thanks Mom. Let’s not punish everyone for the actions of a few.

          • gouko787

            Yes. condemning 99% of something because of the behavior of 1% makes total sense. Time to start banning…….everything!

          • lynnf1954

            Actually, about 1/3 of 1%, but I know facts are not a priority here.

          • Bill Frederick

            So what are we to do about human violent crime percentages? Breed specific is the same exact thing as racial profiling. Everyone knows it but no one will say it. I have three pit bulls and they are they most well behaved and disciplined dogs in the county. Looking at numbers doesn’t tell you or anyone else anything about the nature of an individual living breathing life. Uneducated speculation and “racial profiling” makes you all look like idiots. I feel like i was a little too courteous just then, I’m sorry. It makes you idiots. To assume makes an ass out of you.

        • Karen

          I know what loyal ISN’T – it isn’t decapitating your child that it grew up with. It ISN’T killing the woman that loved you more than anything, along with her unborn child. It ISN’T tearing off an owners ears, eyeball, scalp, and both arms. It ISN’T killing grandma. I could go on all day about what loyalty ISN’T!

      • Mike Okey

        The dogbite.orgy people are a 20 watt bulb stuck in a 60 watt pack. Yotie, carolyn. ect ect. funny how we see the same group day in day out just hating. Must be a great life!

        • Mary Ann Redfern

          Awwwwwwwwww, sore loser.

      • Nick Campbell

        What part of the country do you live in snowbird? Did you vote here? You seem to be posting across the country whenever a story comes out against pits, so I had to ask.

    • Teri

      Because they are wonderful gentle dogs. My Pit Bull which is around 8 years old and found running as a stray on the street, pregnant and scared jumped in my car on my asking, sat in the back seat and went home with me. She was aborted and spayed because I couldn’t keep the 12 pups she had inside and they were draining her of her health. I have a beautiful portrait of here on my arm and she is my best friend. She happens to sleep in my room with my 6 cats and loves them. She has been with pigs, chickens, ducks and cats and has NEVER attempted to hurt them in any way, shape or form. I choose to have a PIT BULL because she needed someone to care for her and I needed someone to care for me and we are inseparable… So with a 150 breeds out there THIS IS THE BREED I CHOOSE TO BE WITH…….

      • MrColorado

        Sounds like you have a good one. But remember they are always wonderful gentle dogs until they attack and maim your children.

      • Karen

        So? Many breeds are wonderful, gentle dogs – and they REMAIN that way. You could have chosen from countless normal breeds that needed someone to care for them. And yet, you chose a dog created and purpose-bred for centuries for violence and killing when there are over 200 other breeds to choose from. You chose a breed responsible for more disabling and fatal attacks than all other breeds combined. You chose the dog breed rated number 1 as the breed most likely to turn on its owner.You chose the dog breed rated “most dangerous”. You chose the breed of dog that kills a human on average of every 14 days and rips off a body part of someone every 5.4 days. You chose a breed of dog that kills around 45,000 animals each year. You chose a dog breed known primarily for it’s unprovoked, sustained, and brutal violence. Normal people choose normal dogs. You chose this breed of dog from the over 200 choices of normal breeds – breeds that aren’t inherently dangerous. There isn’t a single positive trait in a pit bull that can’t be found in dozens of other breeds, without the increased danger to society. Your sob story means nothing. Normal people choose normal dogs.

      • Guest

        Awwwwwwwwwwwwww….so what?

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Beau Rutledge, decapitated by the family pit bull, Kissy Face, raised from a puppy, vetted, trained, exercised and loved. Kissy Face was eight years old when he decapitated Beau, a toddler.

    • MrColorado

      Exactly, pick a breed that isn’t going to flip out and attack a toddler because they look like prey when they run across the front yard.

      • Bob Cronk

        Remember that there are will over 1 millions pit bull type dogs that never make the news and live out their lives as a pet.

        • Mary Ann Redfern

          Would that be the same million pit bulls that are euthanized each year in America?

    • Bob Cronk

      The problem is that once the pit bull type dogs, any type of molosser (boxers, mastiffs) will be next on the list, then GSD, Rotties, Sharpie.. its not the dog but certain people that get powerful dogs and then are irresponsible with them.

  • Yotie

    I think the dog lawyers should put it to a state-wide vote. Let Coloradoans decide for themselves, not pro-pit bull animal lobbies.

    • snowbird04

      Can’t do that. BSL is outlawed in CO. Besides, putting this to vote was a sure fire failure. It’s like putting gun laws to vote. Many people are ill informed about pit bulls and other breeds, and no one breed is owned by the majority of the people. So, if many people are still misinformed about pit bulls, what is the turnout going to show. Just like many gun grabbers are ill informed about guns, if we left it to a vote, guns would be outlawed, as the majority of people do not have guns.

      • Yotie

        If BSL is outlawed it’s because someone introduced at law to ban it. That law can be taken away as well.

        I know, I know. Democracy is great until it doesn’t go your way.

        • Pam Loken

          It will be a cold day in hell before ANYONE tells me what breed of dog I can have……I pay my taxes and my bills and I ask for no help….
          If I lived in this hell hole that passed this…….they’d be kissing my ass and money GOOD BYE

          • Nick Campbell

            Thank you for sharing Pam. Since you don’t live here, may I inquire why you are posting here?

          • Pam Loken

            because the haters think they can use your town to promote the hate to come here…..I say ….well you know what I say

          • Pam Loken

            I see you just started….man them haters can attract haters fast….or are you another *double* identity….

          • Nick Campbell

            Actually I voted in Aurora honey.

      • Frank2525

        Oh really. Majority of people do not have guns. This POTUS has been the best reason to own a gun, with all the criminals turned loose from jails and prisons, even those that were on death row who had sentence dropped to life, have been released. And with his policy of not letting border agents do their jobs. Have you not seen the two sheriffs in Arizona, who keep arresting the same people multiple times, some up to 14 times, who had felony crimes in USA. But they keep coming back.
        More guns and ammo has been sold during past 6 years than ever before. I have friends who never owned before, who have bought and wife-husband both went to range to maintain skills. This is a bit of dog issue, but is same. Folks used to keep dog for protection, but now need a bit more to feel safe.

  • Yotie

    I would be in favor of bringing back dog fighting so these dogs can at least be sold honestly for what they’re bred for.

    • Fast Eddie

      Wow you are a moron

    • snowbird04

      Because you are a monster that is whacked in the head

      • Yotie

        Why are you denying your favorite dog breed the one thing it loves to do? It is really good at it.

        • gouko787

          They are the best at shaking their butts when wagging their tails. They are really good at it.

          • Mike Okey

            Yotie was dropped on his head many times as a child.

          • Karen

            You got that right, even WHILE they’re killing something! Just look in the video posted above how hard that butt and tail are wagging! Look at the endless pit bull attack videos on youtube and watch those little tails go! They just LOVE killing things! They’re really good at it!

          • gouko787

            And for some reason you love watching the videos of the outliers.

        • Bob Cronk

          My dogs do not like to fight.. and I have owned other pit bull type dogs that do not like to fight..

        • Pam Loken

          I have a Rat Terrier that would LOVE you

    • Teri

      You are a moron and a sick bastard

    • gouko787

      The same argument and mentality was used to support slavery.

    • Karen

      Love your pit bull? Thank a dog fighter! Dog fighting hasn’t gone anywhere and is in fact, larger than it has ever been in history (there are a couple of documentaries on this), thanks to the pit bull advocacy movement! Well played dog fighters, well played!

  • wftfan

    They need to have a public vote on a State Level to find out if people in the rest of the State want Pit Bulls in the neighborhoods. There are 19 States that have had legislators Ok this law. They are not listening to the people in their States and just pass this law. I happen to live in one of those States and it is Pit Bull Hell. We cannot even walk down the street unless we carry weapons. This State law also gives Pit Bulls more rights than people have, In these states these dogs attack multiple times and are still allowed to go back to their owners. All 19 States have the highest numbers for attacks and severe and fatal maulings We are tired of AFF pushing a law, that they write themselves to serve their own agenda, and placing everyone else in danger. This law also means that owners don’t have to buy liability Insurance for their dogs, Pit Bulls cause millions in medical bills that are not paid by Health Insurance Companies, Medicare, Medicaid, or Obamacare. This State law is bad legislation. Why on earth do we need a law saying we cannot enact legislation for a category of dogs? Never has been an issue until people starting keeping Pit Bulls as Pets . They know what these dogs are like, They are also the best dogs for dogfighting. They have been breeding for the meanest toughest, most game dogs for fighting for 300 years. I suspect their sole interest is maintaining their monetary interests in dog fighting. Putting these issues on the ballot at a City, State , even Federal Level is the only fair way for this country to settle this nagging issue of Pit Bulls.

    • Fast Eddie

      We will see 3 to 4 more state outlaw BSL next year as well 🙂

  • Fast Eddie

    Isn’t it odd that all of the cities and countys that do not have BSL do not have a pit bull problem?? Eventually the cities in CO will adhere to CO state law. Denver is in the top 8 cities nationally for total dog attacks even though they are not even in the top 20 largest cities in the US. Hmmmmmmm, makes you think huh. Irresponsible owners cause dog bites

    • Carolyn Lathrop

      Gosh, Eddie, I’ll bet that none of the 2000 pit bulls who die every single DAY in shelters in this country (because of the gross, gross irresponsibility of pit bull owners and breeders) would agree that they “don’t have a problem.”

  • mikestein

    What’s staggering is the fact that the Sentinel keeps publishing animal control’s statement that the ban is working, when the actual numbers show a sharp increase in dog bites (from non-pit bulls) as well as severe bites requiring hospitalization (from non-pit bulls). Aren’t journalists supposed to actually verify facts? Aurora, as part of their ban, keeps detailed records on breed and severity of dog attacks. They’ve prevented a few severe pit bull bites each year at the expense of adding far more equally severe non-pit bull attacks.

    • Nevada Ames

      The actual numbers do NOT show a “sharp increase” in the number of dog bites. Read the city documents, which are publicly available to anyone. The number of bites has stayed about the same. HOWEVER, when, the pit bull law was enacted, Aurora also began counting a greater variety of incidents as ‘dog bites.’ The city now counts dog attacks on other animals as dog bites. They didn’t do that before the ban. Aurora also counts multiple-victim incidents as multiple bites. Prior to the pit bull ban, a multiple victim incident was counted as a single ‘bite’ no matter how many people were bitten.

      If you’re using a bigger net, but still catching the same number of fish, does that mean there are more fish or fewer fish?

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        He’s sitting there going..huuuuuh?

  • Bob Rtarp

    Pit bulls mature anywhere between 1 and 3 years of age, and at that point
    can start to become more aggressive as their genetics dictate. Essentially, an
    easy going, dog-social puppy may suddenly become dog aggression upon maturity –
    and this is standard, normal behavior for fighting breeds, nothing out of the
    ordinary, no abusive owner or bad training required. But it does create
    problems, especially for families who were operating under the “its all
    how you raise it” idea that sold them the dog in the first place, mostly
    because they are not prepared for or could even imagine this type of aggression
    could occur. Many reputable pit bulls rescues and advocacy sites do warn about
    this – hence the rule never trust your pit bull not to fight, or no amount of
    love, training, and socialization will ensure a non-aggressive dog. But that
    does not stop the all the uninformed people from spreading the misinformation
    of “its all how you raise it” and calling anyone who disagrees with
    them haters or ignorant.

    If you don’t want to accept the words of pit bull experts of aggression upon
    maturity, then we can look for proof of it on the other side of the coin –
    after the dog has matured and become aggressive. Ever wonder why so many attack
    stories contain the owner saying “but the dog never acted this way
    before”? Some people like to say its because the owners were ignorant
    (there’s that word again) and didn’t see the signs. And in some cases that may
    be true. But with such a high occurrence of this phenomenon for fighting breeds
    one must come to the conclusion that there were no signs – which is entirely
    possible because fighting breeds were created to not show signs of an impending
    attack and can suddenly become aggressive upon maturity. We can also look to
    shelters and rescues for more proof of this concept. Ever notice how many pit
    bulls are quite young when they come into the shelter? Animal Control officials
    are on record stating that the breed with the largest percentage of dogs being
    dropped off to the shelter due to aggression is pit bulls. The breed with the
    largest percentage of dogs being PTS in shelters due to aggression is pit
    bulls. Pit bull advocacy sites claim it is rare for a pit bull to make it past
    its 2nd birthday, that only 1 in 600 pits lives a full life, and there are
    several reasons for this, but mostly its due to aggression upon maturity. And
    is it any surprise? People are breeding these dogs for fighting, and in some
    cases human aggression, and can’t wait for years for the dog to mature, so
    those without overt aggression as young pups are dumped or sold as pets. To
    families. Who are told they are nanny dogs. And then the families don’t
    understand why the cute puppy grows up and kills the dog next door it used to
    play with.

    But please, don’t take my word for any of this – do your own research.
    Historical books on the subject will explain the traits that were bred in to
    these dogs by the men who created them. Research quotes and stats from shelters
    across the country. Read up on reputable pit bull rescues and advocates such
    Diane Jessup. Know the dog, know what to expect, see if the data rings true…

    • Pam Loken

      *Pit bulls mature anywhere between 1 and 3 years of age,*….
      .This tells me you know absolutely NOTHING about this type of dog..you are SO wrong pal…I think you need to get some REAL facts behind you…….
      5 yrs old is when you will see your dog reach his or hers *maturity* and that is from a trained, schooled and very well educated dog trainer (not famous, just worked her ass off in her field)…..
      Don’t worry pal, I will NOT take your word on anything……………………………….

  • Zbyszek Grabiński
  • Yotie

    So many of you pro pittie people don’t get it. The reason it went to vote is cause you were bullying and pushing to try and repeal BSL. It was taking up valuable city Council time with your whining.

    There’s that old saying be careful what you wish for. Stop whining unless you want this vote to go to the state level. I guarantee will have the same results.

    If you want vent at somebody, vent at ColoRADogs with their Woodstock inspired info graph that looked like something a 10-year-old put together in 5 minutes.

    It’s not my fault they chose to put “vote yes on 2D” in 6 point font at the bottom of the ad.

    • Zbyszek Grabiński

      Bred to fight?? are coached to fight? only 2% of the Pit were trained to fight. The Medal has two sides. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401976/Bond-rescued-pit-bull-turned-therapy-dog-Sandy-Hook-9-year-old.html

    • gouko787

      Valuable Council Time???? are you crazy? Listening to the public that actually lives in the city is there job. Let me quote you here Yotie from you post below…

      “I know, I know. Democracy is great until it doesn’t go your way.”
      Dissent and the right to address leaders is Democracy.
      I know, Molly Markert’s time could be spent knitting and punching school volunteers, but unfortunately she is on our council and will need to accept that she will have to hear things she disagrees with….often.

      • Mike Okey

        You are trying to make sense to a dog hating Troll! They are unable to reason or think on their own unless Colleen says its Ok. I do feel sorry for the small group.

  • gouko787

    I know it’s tough, but people concerned about actually improving the lives and perceptions of short haired muscular dogs or “pit bulls” need to quit feeding the Sentinel and there blatant attempts to grab attention by continually having a story about BSL on their site. The same paper quotes Colleen Lynn and considers Dogbite.org to be a valid reference. The editor has made his opinion known often and this “paper” continues to reach for more attention.
    Let the wackos post their hate, fear and ignorance. Whether it is equal rights for minorities, legalization of pot, or gay marriage, etc., there are also those who will argue that inequality and hatred are the way to go. Time always proves them wrong as it will in this case as well.
    If you wanT to help, vote for city council members that actually listen to facts and science, not fear and hatred. You can also contact city officials and let them know it is time to bring Aurora Animal Control out of the 1980’s. That includes funding, the facility, the laws, the administration, the hairstyles and role it plays in the community. Cheryl Conway has been relying on DBO and their info to support this ban for years and they blatantly lie about their sources, the data and the actual effects of this extreme law.
    I respect your right not to have a dog you find ugly, but refuse to accept your bias as a basis for a law. The lies and aggression reflected by scared, insecure people on an extreme mission to kill any dog they see as ugly speaks for itself. Research what every major canine and veterinary organization has to say about BSL and dog aggression and come to your own conclusion based on how they compare to DBO rantings.
    LET’S GET AURURA ANIMAL CONTROL OUT OF THE 1980’S PLEASE.

    • MrColorado

      If PITBULL owners could control them we wouldn’t be having this discussion and no one would pay attention to them.

      Unfortunately, pretty much every time someone is killed or mauled seriously enough for the news media to run an story it turns out to be a PITBULL. You can try to deflect the facts all you want, but everyone knows which breed is doing serious damage time and again and p.s. it’s not border collies.

      • gouko787

        Yes, some people push the idea these dogs are tough and scary, so people who want tough scary dogs select dogs that resemble the pit bull appearance. Let’s not punish everyone for the decisions of a few.
        If there were no short haired muscular “pit bull” dogs then it would be Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Mastiff’s, Boxers, etc. You cannot legislate out stupid of legislate in absolute safety, but you can bankrupt yourself trying to do so. Cowering to fear is what some dog owners are hoping for, so let’s not give in, but instead focus on making sure these people don’t have dogs, regardless of breed.
        By your logic we should all drive smaller cars because they do less damage when an accident occurs.

        • Pam Loken

          They seem to forget that they sound like a bunch of prejudice people…..
          I have a pit bull breed and I do not see any of what these killers cry about

          • Nick Campbell

            Pam, I see you also posted similar things on wsaw outof Wasua, WI, did the old pit bull phone tree light up at your house and ask you to post here in Colorado too. Did you get an e-lert message for all pit owners/activists to bombard the Sentinel with posts from all over the country?

          • Pam Loken

            I live close to Wausau…like I said…..keep your hate to your own town….if you are not one of those that goes to every place they can to promote hate…..sorry, but as long as them haters exist………I will be on E-Alert :)…you can bet on it

          • Pam Loken

            why are you not asking the *haters* the same ?….I do not see one….

          • Nick Campbell

            The *haters*? The residents/voters of Aurora have spoken loud and clear. Don’t forget the “haters” of pit bull activists who try and shove their ideals down our throats, I might be one of those.

          • Nick Campbell

            Why would I question my fellow voters? I questioned you because you live in Wisconsin and you want to dictate how people across America live because they don’t live by your standards.

          • Pam Loken

            I’m SO happy YOU live where you do, sounds like you fit the hater pattern well…we need no more hate in this world Nick….just remember, when you voted for what you did, you did no different then what the folks of many years did to a certain color of people, or a certain religion of people…
            And I have every right to go anywhere on here I’d like, to speak my opinion. Only reason I came to *your* place, because of the trash talk people that I see EVERYWHERE spreading their hate and fears on horror stories. You are the people that want to push your ideas and hate down our throats…I’ve never heard of banning a breed before, I know there have been many breeds that people *hate* and *fear* down the years, but you people have taken it to a new level…and WE are pushing ?????…I think you need to re-think that one…
            Oh, excuse me, it’s hard for your kind to think alone.
            maybe you can have more of your kind move by you???? we’d appreciate it

          • Nick Campbell

            “you people”, “hater” and “your kind” sure make you sound prejudiced Pam. Btw you won’t get anywhere by insulting US. You also sound like a scared juvenile when you resort to the trash talk. E-lert, E-lert, E-lert lol Someone is pulling your strings and you talk about freedom, nothing more than someones puppet.

          • Pam Loken

            I’m very *prejudice* of hate….nobody insults *you*, *We*just tell you the truth…….

          • Nick Campbell

            Maybe next time we can turn the tables even more and find out what pitbulls taste like. You aren’t pushing me Pam. Do have a nice life. Bye

          • Pam Loken

            Thank-You Nick, I do have a nice life…back at you 🙂

          • Mehdi Jafari

            You act as if Pit Bulls are people, they’re just dog… They don’t have religion or race, they are just animals without souls and no other instinct but stay eat and stay alive. Pit Bulls were bred to fight in dog fights, that means they come from the most viscous dogs out there, and honestly there is nothing cute about something with razor sharp teeth. So if you want a companion, go find a person to be friends with. Honestly….

          • Pam Loken

            Just an assumption on my part but…..just on your name, I’ve read AND signed many petitions against people like you, you hold no regard to life, and that’s what they are a part of LIFE.
            I’m very sorry for you, that you will never know the *true* love of a dog.
            So religion is what makes a soul a soul…You are wrong…God is who made our soul, and yes, he made souls for animals too….he loves them, that’s why he made them, and whether you want to believe or not, they will stay in heaven with us…
            My dogs will ALWAYS be a part of *the family*

      • Karen

        And every pit bull owner thinks *they* are the exception to the typical pit bull owner!

        • gouko787

          Yet you think there are NO exceptions.
          Extremism on either side does no on any good. Welcome to the world, it is full of grays, nothing is black and white.
          Funny how you know show much about anyone who owns a dog you deem ugly. Typical lizard brain mentality…I am afraid so everyone else should be too.

        • lynnf1954

          How many pitbulls have you read of in the news this year? There are over 5 million pitbulls in the US currently, by Merritt Clifton’s best guesstimate. I would think there are many, many exceptions to your perception of a pitbull owner. I have rescued and adopted pitbulls and their mixes for over 30 years. No one had even heard of them, including myself, when I began. My kids, foster kids, all their friends and all the animals they brought home lived happily together with no bloodshed. Even today, when they are apparently the scourge of Satan, the current 3 happily herd animals and grandkids that free range on my little farm. I guess it’s a good thing my dogs never got your memo, lol.

      • Lilith Manson

        Airplane travel is the safest yet we hear more about plane crashes than car crashes on the news when there are so many more car crashes annually. Kind of seems to be a similar case with pitbull attacks. Like they focus more on dog attacks done by pitbulls than other breeds just to continue harming the name.

    • Nick Campbell

      You would be wasting your time with city council or animal control, the voting public banned this breed. You have a lot of minds to change and I doubt you will be changing too many minds by calling them scared, insecure people on an extreme mission. Oops! forgot wackos too. You don’t have to stop loving pits, just don’t live in Aurora or Denver. It sounds like the best for both sides to me.

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      Ugly, stupid and dangerous and that’s just the owners. The pits are worse.

      • lynnf1954

        You only get discouraged when you look in the mirror. Please stop.

  • Joe Hardhat

    I have a conceal carry gun permit to protect me and my family against two-legged and four-legged killers. I see plenty of pit bulls around Aurora, occasionally at Expo Park … but almost always on a leash … probably due to the city ordinance and not wanting to get folks riled up enough to call animal control.

    • gouko787

      Funny how plenty of “pit bulls” are still spotted in Aurora despite the ban.
      BSL and prohibition in any form never works. In fact by forcing things to hide in the shadows it just compounds problems.

      • Karen

        Then anyone and everyone that “spots” these pit bulls should be immediately calling the police. No, the ban will not work if it’s not strictly enforced with meaningful consequences for thinking you’re above the law.

        • gouko787

          You can just cut it off at “No Ban will work….” Prohibition never has and never will be the solution.
          Perhaps the people who see these dogs are a little more enlightened than you and do not judge a dog by appearance alone.

          • Julieveggie

            We prohibit people from drunk driving, if you get caught there is legal penalties and legal recourse that people can take if hurt or killed by a drunk driver. This hold true for BSL law

          • gouko787

            Yes, we make alcohol available and say if you act in an irresponsible of negligent way you will be punished.
            The assumption is not made that alcohol or people who choose to drink are criminal or evil.
            Thanks for helping to prove my point….prohibition does not work but holding those accountable for poor choices does.

      • Bob Cronk

        Sure did not stop someone from being killed in Miami Dade.. where there is BSL.. but BSL keeps everyone safe…HA HA HA>

  • Nevada Ames

    According to city documents, the shelter killing of pit bulls in Aurora dropped by 93% after the ban. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare showed that the killing of shelter dogs in Denver dropped 77% after the city’s pit bull ban went into effect.

    Also according to Aurora city documents, restricted breeds attacked more pets than all other breeds combined. A five year (2007-2012) study found that pit bull-type dogs were responsible for nearly 40% of mauling incidents in Colorado.

    Elsewhere in the nation, pit bulls are killed in shelters at a staggering rate: U.S. shelters kill about one million pit bulls per year, or about one quarter to one third of all animals euthanized in shelters.

    Cities with pit bull restrictions such as Denver and San Francisco kill the fewest pit bulls per capita of any comparably-sized metropolitan area.

    Yet self-styled pit bull “advocates” would do away with these lifesaving laws.

    Clearly, pit bull advocates are NOT animal advocates.

    Animal advocates support ALL animals. We are opposed to the infliction of unnecessary suffering and death on animals, including preventable euthanasia, and including the injuries and deaths of animal victims of pit bull attacks.

    Pit bull fanciers admit that this breed is “typically” aggressive toward other animals. Prominent pit bull organizations recommend that ALL pit bull owners carry special tools (called “break sticks”) to pry open their dog’s mouth in the all-too-likely event of an attack.

    Pit bull lobbyists only care about THEIR pit bull. They want to remove restrictions on THEIR pit bulls, other animals and even other pit bulls be damned.

    Please stop referring to pit bull lobbyists as animal advocates. Pit bull lobbyists are not animal advocates. They are members of a self-interested special interest group. They care about pit bulls only insofar as their property rights are concerned. When it comes to other animals and even other pit bulls, they couldn’t care less.

  • Dennis Baker

    2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    34 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
    by Breed:
    25 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix
    3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix
    3 by Rottweiler
    1 by Cane Corso
    1 by Shepherd Mix…
    1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog

    By age:
    18 Children
    16 Adults

    By State:
    TX – 6 deaths
    AL – 3 deaths
    OH – 3 deaths
    FL – 4 deaths
    NC – 3 deaths
    MI – 2 deaths
    AZ – 1 death
    CA – 2 death
    CT – 1 death
    DE – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    LA – 1 death
    MS – 2 death
    NJ – 1 death
    MO – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    WI – 1 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:
    Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.05.14]
    Betty Clark – 75 – Canyon Lake, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.06.14]
    Kara Hartrich – 4 – Bloomington, IL – 2 Pit Bulls [01.17.14]
    Annabel Martin – 89 – Corona, CA – 3 Rottweilers [01.26.14]
    Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton, OH – 2 Mastiff Mixes [02.07.14]
    Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 – Temple, TX – Pit Bull [02.17.14]
    Braelynn Coulter – 3 – High Point, NC – Pit Bull [02.24.14]
    Summer Sears – 4 – Tallassee, AL – Shepherd Mix [02.26.14]
    Kenneth Santillan – 13 – Paterson, NJ – Bullmastiff [02.28.14]
    Raymane Robinson, Jr. – 2 – Killeen, TX – Bullmastiff [03.01.14]
    Nancy Newberry – 77 – Phoenix, AZ – Pit Bull [03.14.14]
    Mia DeRouen – 4 – Houma, LA – Pit Bull [03.25.14]
    Christopher Malone- 3 – Holmes County, MS – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
    Dorothy Hamilton – 85 – Kaufman, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
    John Harvard – 5 – Riverside, AL – Pit Bull [04.06.14]
    Petra Aguirre – 83 – San Antonio, TX – Pit Bull Mix [04.11.14]
    Jessica Norman – 33 – Sebring, FL – 3 Pit Bulls [4.30.14]
    Katie Morrison – 20 – Phenix City, AL – 3 Pit Bulls [05.03.14]
    Nyhiem Wilfong – 1 – Caldwell County, NC – Rottweiler [05.04.14]
    Kasii Haith – 4 – Kent County, DE – 3 Pit Bulls [05.07.14]
    Rita Pepe – 93 – Branford, CT – Pit Bull Mix [05.25.14]
    Holden Garrison – 10 wks – Davisburg, MI – Catahoula Leopard Dog [06.09.14]
    Logan Shepard – 4 – Riverview, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [07.19.14]
    Jonathan Quarles – 7 mo – Dayton, OH – Pit Bull [07.20.14]
    Craig Sytsma – 46 – Metamore Twp, MI – 2 Cane Corso [07.23.14]
    Cindy Whisman – 59 – Madison Twp, OH – Pit Bull [08.04.14]
    Joel Chireieleison – 6 – Fanning Springs, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [08.07.14]
    Deriah Solem – 22 mo – St Charles County, MO – Pit Bull Mix [08.09.14]
    Javon Dade – 4 – Miami, FL – Pit Bull [08.13.14]
    David Glass Sr.-51-Benton County, MS – 3 Pit Bulls [09.20.14]
    Alice Payne – 75 – Cave City, AR – 1 Pit Bull [09.26.14]
    Juan Fernandez – 59 – Modesto, CA – 4 Pit Bulls – [10.14.14]
    Logan Thomas Meyer – 7 – Hustisford, WI -1 Rottweiler – [10.24.14]
    Alemeaner Dial – 83 – Robeson County, N.C. – 4 Pit Bulls – [10.31.14]

    Non – Bite Related Canine Deaths

    Demonta Collins – 13 – Augusta, GA – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.10.14]
    Davon Jigget – 17 – Fulton County, Ga – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.11.14]
    Ryan Brown – 15 – Fayette County, TN – Killed by pan thrown by brother when attempting to break up dog fight [08.08.14]

    On average so far this year someone has been killed by a pit bull every 12 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

  • Dennis Baker

    Written by Karas Mom
    My daughter was four years old the day that the dogs attacked her and she died. It was her birthday. It was her fourth birthday. My mom was the one that was there babysitting the kids when it happened. She went in the other room to put a to…y back. My mom went out the sliding door. Kaylee was with my mom, right next to the sliding door, and Kara came running from the playroom — I guess, not running, but quickly walking towards my mom and she said, “Brody knocked me into a wall.” She said, “Brody hurt me.” My mom bent down. She was down at ground level. She picked up Kara. They were on ground level. She was hugging her saying, “Brody didn’t mean it, Kara. I’m sure it’s just an accident. Are you okay?” She said she had barely gotten that out when Brody came flying from the playroom and jumped into the air and attacked my mom and my daughter. He attacked her out of my mom’s arms. My mom has a big long permanent gash across her forehead. And he attacked Kara.

    Read more: http://voicesofthevictims.org/victims-stories/in-their-own-words/kara-hartrich/

  • Dennis Baker

    The fateful day in March 2013 when Ryan was attacked and fatally mauled by a pet pit bull was like so many other days for the active little boy who loved the outdoors. It was chilly and there was still snow on the ground. Ryan had slept ove…r at the home of family friends, something he often did, after having been invited to go roller skating — his first time ever — the evening before.

    Ryan and the other boys had finished lunch and were told to go out to the backyard to play. It was only a short time later that one of the boys yelled inside to his grandma that the family pit bull named “Ghost” had suddenly and brutally launched an attack on Ryan.

    Despite the owner’s attempts to get the dog to stop by using a shovel at one point and a lighter at another, Ghost would not stop her deadly strike.

    “I couldn’t believe it was Ghost. Oh God, it was so horrible. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it.” – Ashiya Ferguson, owner of the dog that killed Ryan

    http://voicesofthevictims.org/victims-stories/in-their-own-words/ryan-maxwell/

  • Dennis Baker
  • Dennis Baker

    Hi…my name is Justin Clinton. I’m only 10 years old. I am a regular kid…I love football, baseball and riding my skateboard. I can’t wait until I’m bigger, so I can get a real football uniform and play for my school!….But, I am only 10… years old. I make really good grades in school, my Mom said I could grow up to be anything in the world! I want be a pro football player or a fireman…who knows? I may cure a disease or be President one day, but I’m only 10 years old. I guess one day I can be a Dad, have a wife and a couple of kid’s…man I would play with them all day!…But I’m only 10 years old. I will always be only 10 years old because of me getting killed by the dogs. See..my friend lives down the street and he has 2 dogs that we play with all the time…they are pit bulls…but they love me and I love them back! One day, after school… I grabbed my skateboard and took off to see my friend. I was riding by his house and the dogs were trying to come play with me I guess…they busted through the fence gate. Next I was knocked off my skateboard Hard! Then I just remember they were all over me on that quiet oil top road where no one could hear me screaming. My neck! My chest! They are killing me…and I am only 10 years old! I think I went to sleep for a little while, ’cause when I woke up they were dragging me into the woods…I am so cold. Then one of our neighbors grabbed my skateboard and was hitting the dogs…they ran away. She picked my head and shoulders up in her arms and she was crying…did they hurt her too? There is a lot of blood on her! I saw her eyes and that’s the last thing I saw…but…I’m only 10 years old!!! I’m supposed to see a lot more stuff!! My proms, graduation, my bride, my kid’s….but my life slowly fades from me…and I’m only 10 years old…I didn’t even live long enough to get that football uniform…I thought those dogs were my friends…what did I ever do to them? Well…I need to go now, I have to watch over my Mom and Dad and sister…oh no.. they are crying again…I have a big job to do, watching over them. I don’t mind…but I am only 10 years old!

  • Nick Campbell

    Maybe these outlaw cities would be better off putting the money and resources toward rehabilitating aggressive pit bulls and put the owners down instead. J/K Seriously, I would be curious how many people posting on here have a pit and live in Aurora.

  • MrColorado

    I keep seeing this lawyer named “Juliet Piccone” in Aurora Sentinel articles wrt PITBULLS. Who is she, and more importantly is she a recognized expert on PITBULLS?

    I went to her webpage and it appears she works out of her kitchen or something? Her website lists a PO Box, no office.

  • Karen

    “The owners caught unaware”? Bulls*&t! They just thought the rules didn’t apply to them or were overly confident that the voters would repeal the ban. Just euthanize the mutants and make room for the normal dogs that need homes – the ones that won’t kill someone or their pet someday. Anyone caught with a pit bull in the city limits of Aurora should not only be slapped with an enormous fine, they should have to give their dog the injection themselves! Stop trying to shove these kill killers down our throats.

    • Guest

      comments from a dried up female dog… How is that dog you kept in the basement for 6 years with an automatic feeder and water.. must have been a terrible existence for that dog.. Your heart is as black as one of my dogs turds

      • Karen

        I am not sure what you’re trying to accomplish with your blatant lies. Perhaps it is you that keeps those ghetto hounds in a basement for your own safety.

        • Cristina

          you’re the one who sounds freaking ghetto…you can’t even keep your identity straight with all your fake profiles…

          • Karen

            Hate to disappoint but I only have one profile and I can and will say whatever I want under it. As for the police officer “down the street” with a pit bull, I would assume he’s a narcissist at best, and a sociopath at worst. I would probably steer very clear of him and his mutant because god only knows what he’s capable of.

          • gouko787

            You know what they say about assuming…

          • Karen

            Statistics are in my favor – I would take any chances. Normal people choose normal dogs.

          • gouko787

            Educated people who work with dogs and the organizations formed by them are in my favor.
            #1 statistic you cannot overcome….99.9 percent of the dogs you would ban and/or kill never display the behavior you attribute to them.
            Statistics can prove anything you want…52.37 percent of all people know that.
            Normal people don’t try to impose laws based on stereotypes or spend all day spreading hate and misinformation.

        • Cristina

          I would love to see you say that to the police officer down the street who owns a pitbull…

    • Bob Cronk

      And you live in Aurora ? How is that dog you kept in a basement with an automatic feeder ? Your heart is as cold as stone.

      • Karen

        I wouldn’t know, I’ve never kept a dog in a basement.

        • Cristina

          I think someone kept you in the basement too long..

    • Cristina

      Now you’re back to this profile…. Karen get a life and get a clue you’re wasting your breath…

  • Bob Cronk

    The American
    Veterinary Medical Association, which opposes breed-specific legislation,
    recently published the results of a study that determined the leading factors
    in fatal dog attacks: no able-bodied person was present (87 percent), the
    victim had no relationship with the dog (85 percent), the dog owner failed to
    neuter/spay the dog (84 percent), a victim’s compromised ability (77 percent)
    and the owner keeping dog as resident dog rather than as family pet (76
    percent). Notably absent from this list? Breeds.

  • Julieveggie

    Pit-bull Rescue Central, the leading authority of pit bull types admits MOST pit-bull types are not safe around other dogs. For that reason alone is why I do not consider them safe family pets for our neighborhoods. These are powerful animals that break away from their guardians all the time and maul & kill another beloved pet or person in front of a child or person. This is a typical pit attack on another beloved pet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZTiGWgQubA Too many children & adults have watched their beloved pets be mauled to death by pit bulls. Many develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after watching a horrific pit attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBFb-hGWZqg Breaking-up pit attacks is dangerous 1/3 end up attacking the person that’s breaking up the fight.http://dogbitelaw.com/dangerous-vicious-dogs/a-propensity-to-attack-other-dogs-means-a-dog-is-dangerous-to-people.html

    According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, “It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage.It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. This type of animal aggression is completely separate from human-aggression; a well-socialized pit bull is very good-natured with people.Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals.We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out ofthe dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.” http://www.pbrc.net/misc/PBRC_dogpark.pdf

    The Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit guardians to have a break stick. FOR ME THIS IS ANOTHER RED FLAG! Does not sound like a safe family pet if you need a breakstick on hand. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general pubic might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.” http://www.pbrc.net/breaksticks.html This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

    I appreciate that Pit bull Rescue Central, is telling pit-bull guardians not to take their dog to off-leash parks but many pit guardians are still very ignorant to this recommendation. What is bewildering to me is that Pit Bull Rescue Central admits that other beloved dogs in the community are not safe around pit-bulls because of their genetic makeup but promotes them as a great family pet. For me this is a red flag that you are compromising public safety and the safety of our beloved pets in our communities. Of all the dog breeds, they are the all time number one killer of humans and other people’s beloved pets. If all these guardians would have picked a safer pet like a beagle instead of a pit, we would not even be having this conversation. What other type of dog has the ability to kill humans that would be mistaken for a pit bull type? These families know exactly what breed killed their loved one: http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2014.php Then these pit-bull advocates are oblivious and offended why people do not want these dogs in the neighborhood. REALLY? Are you really that blind? Do I really have to spell it out for you? Many people in the neighborhood have beloved pets that they consider family members. They are concerned for their pet’s safety and they do not want their dog to get mauled to death. Now people in the neighborhood who have pets have to live in fear if this powerful pitbull will get away from the guardian and hurt or kill their beloved pet. Almost all dog guardians have experienced a mishap where their dog gets away from them by mistake.

    Many pit-bull breeders who are breeding for human aggression to create guard dogs. Most pit-bulls types come primarily from unethical backyard breeders who are trying to breed aggression, not good temperaments. Often, their dogs are the product of reject pits purchased from dog fighters as cheap stock. So with the pool of pit bulls we have, you cannot tell the difference between a cold one and one that might snap. (unprovoked aggression). So basically people who have pits are playing Russian Roulette against our communities. Here is a clip of unethical pit-bull breeders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiZOj9o6jpE

    Not all cigarettes killed people, but they’re ban in almost all public places now. Not all sliding railing baby cribs killed babies, govt ban them anyway. Not all ford pintos exploded, govt ban them. Not all lawn darts hit people in the head but govt ban them. Just because not every pit bull kills someone does not mean pit bulls are safe. Dozens of people have been killed by pit bulls in the US already in 2014. I know many people love pit bulls, but that’s too many deaths, and sometimes bans save us from ourselves. But don’t worry, there are hundreds of other dog breeds to chose from that do not kill dozens of people a year, so everyone will still be able to have a dog to love.

    • Julieveggie

      From Rescue Train “It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a pitbull.”

      “We can’t blame specialized breeds for behaving like they were bred to do what they do. Certain specific traits were selectively bred into the dogs and are now a part of the breed’s character. It’s like the digging instinct of many Terriers, the herding behavior in Shelties, the compulsion to run in a Greyhound, etc. Your Pointer may have never spent a day on a real “hunt”, but he may still point and flush out a bird as his ancestors were bred to do so. We don’t have to condone or glorify it, but dog aggression is not uncommon with Pit Bull type dogs. Owners must recognize and accept this fact or they won’t be able to provide competent ownership and have fun with their dogs. It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a dog. Or that early socialization will guarantee your Pit Bull will always get along with other animals. Even though we do not in any way condone animal fighting, it does acknowledge the importance of understanding the special traits of this breed and advocates education about proper and responsible Pit Bull ownership. You can have all the dog experience in the world, but it’s also essential to understand the distinctive features of the type of dog you own or work with. In this case, a dog with an important fighting background requires extra vigilance around other pets.

      “ADOPTING A PIT BULL FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER – Though we always welcome someone who considers a shelter dog, there are some things to consider when adopting this breed. Do not be fooled by the fact that this dog appears to live harmoniously in the cage/kennel with other dogs. Dogs in a shelter environment are just trying to “survive” and tend to do what it takes to avoid confrontation. When adopting an adult Pit Bull from a shelter environment, we highly recommend that you have no other pets in the home.

      There are precautions to take when owning a Pit Bull, especially in a multiple-dog environment. Unfortunately these precautions are often viewed as an acceptance for the sport of dog fighting when nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing how to avoid a fight, as well as how to break up a fight, can be a matter of life or death for your dog and the “other” dog. Take note that a fight can strike suddenly and for no apparent reason. Warning signs can be very subtle with Pit Bulls and even completely absent in certain cases. Two dogs may be best friends for years, sleep together, cuddle, play and even eat from the same bowl. Then one day something triggers one of them and BOOM! Often the dogs act like best friends as soon as the fight is over. They might even lick each other’s wounds. You have been warned though. They will do it again and get better at it every time.” http://www.therescuetrain.org/pit_bull_education.php

      “We can’t blame specialized breeds for behaving like they were bred to do what they do. Certain specific traits were selectively bred into the dogs and are now a part of the breed’s character. It’s like the digging instinct of many Terriers, the herding behavior in Shelties, the compulsion to run in a Greyhound, etc. Your Pointer may have never spent a day on a real “hunt”, but he may still point and flush out a bird as his ancestors were bred to do so. We don’t have to condone or glorify it, but dog aggression is not uncommon with Pit Bull type dogs. Owners must recognize and accept this fact or they won’t be able to provide competent ownership and have fun with their dogs. It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a dog. Or that early socialization will guarantee your Pit Bull will always get along with other animals. Even though we do not in any way condone animal fighting, it does acknowledge the importance of understanding the special traits of this breed and advocates education about proper and responsible Pit Bull ownership. You can have all the dog experience in the world, but it’s also essential to understand the distinctive features of the type of dog you own or work with. In this case, a dog with an important fighting background requires extra vigilance around other pets.
      http://www.therescuetrain.org/pit_bull_education.php

      • Cristina

        Just wow…you are one ignorant woman!

        • Karen

          So she is “ignorant” for sharing the information from a dog rescue organization? Really?

          • Cristina

            Yep she is and so are you Karen..Because anything that’s comes out of pit bull haters is B-S!

          • Cristina

            Yep she is and so are you Karen..Because anything that’s comes out of pit bull haters mouth is B-S!

          • Cristina

            You are so full of it!

          • Karen

            So a dog rescue sites that are actually forthcoming about pit bull pros and cons are “haters”? No wonder we have a pit bull problem – duplicitous owners! There is nothing in that above post that true pit fanciers and breeders don’t say as well. The true fanciers of the breed consider owners like you responsible for destroying the breed.

          • Cristina

            first of all I love and respect my dog.. and I do not use my dog for any type of violence or vicious activities so you are wrong again. keep your stupid comments to yourself.

          • Karen

            Wait – I thought she *was* me! You know, paranoia is one of the traits of narcissism, which of course plays right into the characteristics that psychologists attribute to owners of dangerous dog breeds.

          • Cristina

            you’re so f****** stupid!!

      • Bob Cronk

        Still wearing your towel..makes you look like a sl*t.. but you probably are.

        • Karen

          Gee, and the pit worshipers always scratch their head over the “stereotypes”. Well you certainly aren’t one to disprove the “typical pit bull owner” stereotype!

        • Julieveggie

          Your comment is out of line. You are making pit bull advocates look like bullies. I have 0 tolerance for bullies. It inspires me to speak out even more about my concerns about pit-bulls.

    • Cristina

      You are one ridiculous person shut your mouth…

    • Bob Cronk

      You can selectively cut and paste from PBRC… I would suggest readers go to the site and read the entire write up about pit bulls.

      For example Mrs Sheet forgot to post this

      PBRC does not support any form of breed specific legislation (BSL), which targets specific breed(s) for restrictions or bans. See PBRC’s position statement on BSL for more information.

    • Bob Cronk

      This is also from PBRC…Each breed, by definition, has its own traits, and pit bulls were not the only ones historically bred to fight other animals. No matter what kind of dog you have, understanding its breed is the first step toward being a good dog owner. By nature, pit bulls are intelligent, fun loving, and affectionate.

      So anyone can selectively cut out and paste what they want.. Just go to goggle type in pbrc and read the entire write up about the breed.

      • Julieveggie

        With organization there are things you agree with and things that you don’t . It’s not black and white.

    • Bob Cronk

      also from PBRC

      Breed specific ordinances are quick fixes and not a sufficient long term solution for the following reasons:

      1. Dog problems are generally problems with owner responsibility and are not limited to breeds. When breeds are singled out as dangerous or vicious, responsibility is removed from the dog owner which is where it belongs. Irresponsible people are also less likely to follow the law – and as a result, everyone has to suffer.

      2. By limiting the ability of citizens to own certain breeds, responsible law abiding citizens will shy away from those breeds. These are the types of owners that communities need to encourage, not drive away.

      3. Communities that have instituted such bans often find that the irresponsible owners and the criminals who use dogs for illegal purposes simply switch to another breed.

      4. Breeds and mixes are hard to identify and often dogs are mis labeled and destroyed based on paranioa and prejudice and also punishes those that are good canine citizens. Many breeds function as assistance dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, police dogs, etc. and drives them out of the community.

      The American Veterinary Medical Association and several state veterinary medical associations oppose breed-specific legislation for just this reason.

      5. The dog most restricted is the “pit bull.” A pit bull is a type of dog, not a recognized breed. See the breed information page for more detail.

    • Karen

      In that first video, it appears at about 1:05 that the man has a screwdriver. Why the heck does he just walk away? Why doesn’t he start stabbing that thing for all he’s worth with the screwdriver? Or with those heavy work boots, he could likely stop on his neck or back and break it. I don’t understand why he just walks away!

      • Bob Cronk

        You are sick..

        • Karen

          No, what’s sick is standing around with your thumb up your a$$ and scratching your head while a garbage breed, purpose-bred killing mutant is killing an innocent dog.

          • Bob Cronk

            Could not possibly have my thumb in my $ss because your tongue is in it.

          • Karen

            Perfect breed choice. Just perfect. No other dog would do. Sorry, but wouldn’t happen; a pit bull is a deal-breaker. But kudos to you for announcing your *shortcomings* to public – I bet that saves a lot of surprised, awkward silences.

      • Pam Loken

        you are a total piece of crap….how I would love to wrap that leash around your fing throat…..it scares me to say it, but I don’t think it would bother me a bit, to remove a piece of trash like you…you are a sadist!

        • Karen

          Of course you would! *That’s* exactly why you have a pit bull! Keepin’ the stereotype alive and well! Funny I’m the sadist but you are the one that enjoys innocent dogs being brutally mauled to death as they scream for their life! I’m sure you’re devil dog did that to an innocent animal in passing, you’d stand around innocently saying, “Oh on – what can we do? Here, I’ll tug his tail a little. There, we’ve done all we can. Sorry about little Fluffy, now come on Pibble, let’s go play some ball”!

          • Pam Loken

            Karen, the ONLY reason I’d like to wrap that leash, is to stop the rotten crap, the total lies, that comes from that sewer trap called, YOUR MOUTH

          • Karen

            What lies? Where have I lied? Maybe if you pit worshipers found a way to stop your mutants from mauling every day, you wouldn’t need to wish death on the messenger.

          • Pam Loken

            Karen, no matter what you think of me, I certainly wouldn’t wish death on anyone. If you could just shut up and stop spreading lies…yes you spread lies…..a pit bull type is NOT born mean….and they are not ALL mean….

    • Pam Loken

      you are also a sick B….but then you are Ms Karens 2nd identity…..and we already know how sick she is under *Karen*

      • Karen

        Really? Thank you! I am so pretty! Look at me there in what appears to be my wedding gown!

        • Cristina

          I’m sure your no peach with no life…but to spend your pathetic time on the internet trying to be smart…lol

      • Cristina

        Its true…She has many of them…

        • Pam Loken

          and that is why the words they spew are nothing but lies…if you were telling the truth, you wouldn’t hide like that.
          The poor dogs that have had to suffer because of nasty people like herself.

          • Cristina

            I agree.. It sickens me..

  • Bob Cronk

    I think the election results should be challenged on the way the question about pit bulls was worded. Who decided that the question should be ” are you in favor of doing away with the pit bull ban ? What if the question was ” Are you in favor of keeping the ban on pit bulls ?
    Most people will answer No if they do not know about a topic.

  • Bob Cronk

    From PBRC There is no one breed that is right for every household. Dogs should be adopted because they are a good fit for your lifestyle, not chosen solely based on appearance. Although people seeking a dog to compensate for their own insecurities or for use in illegal activities seem to be drawn to pit bulls these days, this should not be considered a reflection upon the dogs, as anyone with such motives shouldn’t have a dog of any breed

    http://www.pbrc.net/

  • Bob Cronk

    I am going to find out where Karen Ms. BSL lives and move next door to her with a Russian Caucasian and a Presa Canario..

    • Karen

      And *that* is at the heart of why you people choose these dogs – whether you admit it or not, you LOVE trying to intimidate and terrorize people while pretending you just chose one of these beady-eyed kid killers because you’re something special. You’re the same ilk as these losers – http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/moms-versus-assault-weapons-in-target

      • Bob Cronk

        My point was that there are a lot more dangerous dogs than a pit bull type dog… that are not banned.

        • Karen

          Then don’t need to be because so far they aren’t killing kids, grandmothers, and pets with great regularity. But that wasn’t your point – you’re point is, you really enjoy causing stress in other people, like all pit bull owners.

          • gouko787

            You spread so much joy and love Karen…if only we were all like you. Now back to the DBO sweat shop.

          • Bob Cronk

            Shows truly how little you know about dogs, Karen. Two Presa Canarios was the type of dog that killed the woman, last name Whipple in San Francisco years ago. Two lawyers did some jail time for this, they were keeping the dogs for a convict which they had defended.

          • Karen

            I didn’t say they had NEVER in the history of the breed killed someone.

          • Bob Cronk

            You are just a stupid hating b*tch Karen.. and stupid to boot.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Because they are fighting breed dogs, like pit bulls, and are banned in many jurisdictions around the world, like pit bulls. Presas are NOT ‘nice” doggies.

      • gouko787

        Your glass house is looking to be fully stocked with stones of the throwing variety Karen. Can you say hypocrite?

  • Jones

    • Karen

      Entirely possible. He would be the first “service” pit to do so.

  • Pam Loken

    BSL Karen….all a person needs to do is look at your history to see exactly what your agenda is…I’d take a wild guess that ANY of these haters, if they don’t *hide* you’d find the same pattern. This Aurora place, they sound like *sheep*….my heart cries for any pit bull type that is born there. some day the hate they reign down on these animals will come back and haunt them…some day.
    Keep in the back of your mind Karen and your *yotie* followers…what you do is nothing short of what people did many years ago to some that JUST had the wrong color skin….Shame Shame Shame on yous

    • Karen

      My agenda has never been a secret. I hope to see the day when these kid killer are banned across the entire country. I would love to see every last pit bull wiped off the face of the earth leaving pit bulls nothing but a bad memory. Comparing purpose-bred dog breeds to human race issues shows how desperate you really are. Shame, shame, shame on yous [sic] for continually promoting a mutant breed of dog that kills and maims more people, pets, livestock, and wildlife than all other breeds combined.

      • gouko787

        Good luck with that. Genocide is a lofty goal.

        • Pam Loken

          I think they should drink their own *juice* truthfully

          • Bob Cronk

            Hopefully it will be the same kool aid Jim Jones asked his followers to drink.

        • Karen

          That word doesn’t mean what you think it means. Buy a dictionary! You actually don’t even have to buy one – they are free online. Just learn to use it.

          gen·o·cide
          ˈjenəˌsīd/
          noun
          the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

          peo·ple
          ˈpēpəl/Submit
          noun
          1.
          human beings in general or considered collectively.
          “the earthquake killed 30,000 people”
          synonyms: human beings, persons, individuals, humans, mortals, (living) souls, personages, men, women, and children; informalfolks
          “crowds of people”
          the citizens of a country, especially when considered in relation to those who govern them.
          noun: the people
          “his economic reforms no longer have the support of the people”
          synonyms: citizens, subjects, electors, voters, taxpayers, residents, inhabitants, (general) public, citizenry, nation, population, populace
          “the American people”
          those without special rank or position in society; the populace.
          noun: the people
          “he is very much a man of the people”
          synonyms: common people, proletariat, masses, populace, rank and file, commonality, plebeians; More
          a person’s parents or relatives.
          noun: one’s people; plural noun: one’s peoples
          “my people live in West Virginia”
          synonyms: family, parents, relatives, relations, folks, kinsmen, kin, kith and kin, kinsfolk, flesh and blood, nearest and dearest
          “her people don’t live far away”
          the supporters or employees of a person in a position of power or authority.
          noun: one’s people; plural noun: one’s peoples
          “I’ve had my people watching the house for some time now”
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          the state prosecution in a trial.
          plural noun: People; noun: the People
          “pretrial statements made by the People’s witnesses”
          2.
          the men, women, and children of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group.
          “the native peoples of Canada”
          synonyms: race, (ethnic) group, tribe, clan
          “the peoples of Africa”

          dog
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          noun
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          a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. It is widely kept as a pet or for work or field sports.
          synonyms: hound, canine; More

          • gouko787

            Yes, let’s argue semantics now.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Look up semantics.

          • Pam Loken

            He knows exactly what he talking….read your own words…Killer

            the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. take people away…put dogs

          • Karen

            Take people away and put dogs and by definition, it is no longer genocide. There are dozens of breeds that are now extinct (and they were good breeds) and several more on the verge (again, *good* breeds), one more wiped out (a garbage breed) will hardly be missed, except for by the carnage they cause.

      • Jones

        The KKK has a similar dream…and Hitler did too.

      • Bob Cronk

        Pit bull dogs will be on the earth long after you are being ate by worms and your soul burning in hell.

      • Cristina

        You make me sooo sick..I whis I had you right in front of me…Oh my you have no idea lady..

        • Karen

          And just what would you do tough girl, sic your ghetto hound on me? I really love when you guys post! It allows all the lurkers to see what kind of people own these land sharks.

          • Cristina

            Nope…I don’t need to sic my beautiful dog on you….your meat would probably taste like S***..I don’t do that to her… Ghetto B****

          • Cristina

            Nope..I wouldn’t do that to my beautiful dog….. You’re probably tastes like s***I am capable of taking care of myself you ghetto ass Karen…

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      Aurora is REIGNING down hate? lol

  • Jones

    What BSL looks like.

    • Bob Cronk

      Those poor dogs.

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Awwwwwwwwwwwww

    • Zbyszek Grabiński

      Only sick man can make so heinous crime of barbarism

    • Cristina

      So sad!

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Awwwwwwwwww

    • Karen

      You’re obviously ok with this or you wouldn’t be constantly pushing these mutants. Pit bull OWNERS are the reason for this. If this bothered any of you, instead of focusing your energies on shoving these kid killers down the public’s throat, you would work collectively to see that hearing of a pit bull fatalities is as rare as hearing of a Lab or Golden fatality. But then that would take actual work and would mean *doing* something other than just convincing more how great pit bulls are.
      What not having BSL looks like:

      http://www.fatalpitbullattacks.com

      http://occupymaulstreet.blogspot.com/2013/01/pit-bulls-should-they-be-called-life.html

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      No, THAT is what pit bull advocacy looks like. Close to one million pit bulls are euthanized each year in the USA. Why, you ask? Because pit bull owners are not spaying and neutering their dogs and because they are “breeding” dogs in their back yards for $$$$$$$$. BSL has nothing at all to do with the rotting heap of pit flesh displayed above.

      • Jones

        Pit Bull advocates urge spaying and neutering as well as laws against backyard breeding to lower the kill rate in animal shelters. BSL advocates killing the pets of up to eight million americans, eliminating an entire breed. So that is what BSL looks like…the picture is from Aurora after BSL was enacted, you’ll notice all the dogs are pits.

      • Juliet Piccone

        This photo was taken of the Denver cull of 2006 where government officials went door to door and confiscated and killed up wards of 4000 family dogs. How ANYONE can be ok with that is beyond me.

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    Working dogs…

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    Saving a bite for later…

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    Waiting for the right moment to attack…

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    Trying to decide which granny to snack on…

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    Babies are tasty…

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    American hero…

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    Veteran

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    • Karen

      If you can’t argue the message, simply attack the messenger!

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      Pretty low bar for “hero”! Pit bull worshipers are so desperate the will call any normal dog behavior “heroic” – “Oh my pit bull barked at the smoke alarm”. Right off the bat, at least one of those stories has been proven a fraud. And really, sniffed out a cat in a box?! That’s is really desperate for a story! Most of these involve a pit bull attacking – like *that’s* a stretch for them! Cute try!

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      Even pit bull owners think this is stupid! Nutters like this are why we have a pit bull problem. Not only do they not promote responsible pit ownership, they openly promote IRRESPONSIBLE ownership! How many people will see this and think their pit will be just fine with their other pets. Pit bull forums are full of posts from owners shocked that their beady eyed ghetto hound killed their cat, small dog, parrot, chickens, etc. And yet this raging dips#$t is promoting this.

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    Punish people are not animals BSL on pigs????

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    Human heads are empty!!! disgusting.

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  • Nick Campbell

    I just wish that the activists from across the country that are posting on here would stop trying to change how we live here when you don’t. It’s pathetic that you don’t want Aurora residents even talking about this and how it effects our lives when it doesn’t effect yours.

    • Pam Loken

      Oh yes it does effect us….look at some of the haters history….if they let you!……..As long as the haters push this crap down our throats…..we will be pushing back

      • Nick Campbell

        That means so much to me.

  • KenRob

    I have friends who have a pit bull. He is the sweetest, most gentle dog in the world. Fear mongers make me sick. Remember the day when Dobermans & German Shepherds had the same rep? There are no bad dogs, just bad owners who have no clue how to work with them & are often neglectful & downright abusive.

  • HarveMorgan

    Cost the taxpayers more money, and line the pockets of those attorneys. You won’t win when advocates march showing the pictures of their beloved children that were attacked by pit bulls. You don’t stand a chance against that.

  • Guest

    I’m hoping you can read….sure is cute….and true

  • Gabriel Barros

    pit bull problems.