On November 3, Denver voters overwhelmingly voted to overturn the pit bull ban and replace it with a pit bull licensing system. Amendment 2J passed with 65 percent of the vote, verifying what the Dumb Friend’s League has known for a long time – Denver loves dogs, regardless of breed!
The ban on pit bulls has existed in Denver for 30 years. While many other communities began recognizing that these bans were ineffective and cruel, Denver’s ban remained.
Earlier this year, the City Council voted to overturn the ban and replace it with licensing, however, Mayor Michael Hancock ultimately vetoed the measure. Undeterred, City Councilman Chris Herndon and the dedicated group at Replace Denver BSL worked to send the repeal to the ballot. The League fully supported the initiative and joined the ballot campaign’s steering committee because we already knew what was proven at the ballot box – Denver voters are some of the most progressive in the country when it comes to animal welfare laws, and they would gladly support ending the 30-year, unfair ban on pit bulls.
The repeal will go into effect on January 1, 2021, and we can’t wait to start placing even more of our wonderful pups of all breeds and backgrounds in their new homes next year!
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