Moratorium on Denver's Pit Bull Ban Legislation sign now

We the undersigned believe Denvers "Pit Bull Ban" legislation, which targets specific breeds based on physical appearance, does not address the real issues and underlying causes of vicious dog attacks. The law assumes all pit bulls are dangerous, which in fact is not the case. Members of any breed can demonstrate dangerous behavior depending upon the circumstances as evidenced by Karen Delises "Fatal Dog Attacks The Stories Behind the Statistics". According to Denvers own Animal Control Division out of an average of 660 dog bites per year, for all breeds and mixes, only 1 percent can be attributed to pit bull breeds (Ref. "Guilty by DNA" by Christina Eisert). Out of 122 breeds tested by the American Canine Temperament Testing Association, this breed placed 4th in the upper 95th percentile for non-aggressive behavior. The majority of canine experts and responsible pit-bull owners worldwide can attest to the loving nature of this breed. The majority are good family dogs.

We believe targeting a specific breed redirects focus away from the real causes of aggressive dog behavior, which are "irresponsible ownership and control", and "inadequate training". We believe the failure of Denvers government leaders to recognize the root cause of this problem, coupled with their failure to implement effective controls, has contributed to the incidences of vicious dog attacks within the city.

We believe the current legislation does not protect the publics health and safety; it places undue hardship on responsible dog owners, criminalizes ownership, possession and control through discrimination, and ignores the root cause of this problem. We believe it is bad legislation.

We the undersigned request a moratorium on the current "pit bull ban" legislation (Section 8-55 of Revised Municipal Code, through Ordinance 679-03) in favor of a more reasonable and just approach to the issue of unwarranted dog attacks by all breeds. It is time for the City and County of Denver to engage in meaningful dialogue with "responsible" dog owners within the city to implement effective legislation that does not discriminate against one specific breed or breed mixture. We need legislation that encourages education and responsible ownership for all breeds.

Footnote: For the benefit of Denver Residents, the Trinity Group is circulating a hard-copy petition addressing the same issues for signature to be officially submitted to Members of Denvers City Council. Go to the Trinity Groups information website at www.denverdaves.blogspot.com for additional information.

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Derek AliBy:
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