Aurora To Vote On Pit Bull Ban

Controversial Proposal Likely To Pass

The City Council in Aurora will vote Monday night on a controversial plan to ban pit bulls.

The ban on the breed, which is expected to pass, would force current pit bull owners to pay licensing fees of $600 in order to keep their dogs in the city, but would not allow new pit bulls to move into the city.

If the law passes, current pit bull owners would have 60 days to register their animals and get at least $100,000 in liability insurance.

The legislation also would require the dogs to be spayed or neutered and they would have to be muzzled and either kept on a short leash or in a crate when in public. Owners would also have to have an identification microchip implanted in the dogs and post a warning that a dangerous dog lives in their house.

Owners say the proposal is a transparent plot to push them out of the city because the restrictions are so tough. Opponents say only two insurance companies offer policies that would cover the dogs, and it's nearly impossible for renters to get coverage.

Denver and Commerce City have already adopted similar bans, and Aurora City Councilwoman Nadine Caldwell said she's concerned that without a ban, Aurora could become a dumping ground for pit bulls.

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