The vote lifts a ban on the breed that’s been in place since 1989. It was put into place after several high-profile pit bull attacks, The Denver Post said.
However, pit bull owners will need to get a provisional permit and they must get the dog microchipped. Also, they will only be allowed to own two of the breed. Owners must also submit a list of emergency contacts to the city, KDVR said.
The dog will need to be registered with a provisional permit and have no issues for 36 months. Owners must report bites or loose pit bulls to Animal Control within eight hours.
Denver attempted to repeal the ban through a city council vote recently. But that was vetoed by Mayor Michael Hancock earlier this year, KDVR said.
“I said that to the sponsor of the ordinance that if you want to take it to the people of Denver, I would stand down and allow you to do that. Let the people speak,” Hancock told the station. ” And so we will conform to the message or to the decision of the people of Denver.”
Repeal of Pit Bull Dog Breed Ban Had a lot of Support
The repeal passed with nearly 65 percent of the vote, news outlets said.
The Dumb Friends League, an animal rescue group in Denver, said they were excited to overturn the ban. The animal welfare organization was founded in 1910 when the term dumb meant something different, the group says on its website. “In those days, the term “dumb” was widely used to refer to animals because they lacked the power of human speech,” it reads.
“The Dumb Friends League remains supportive of the measure to repeal and replace the ban on pit bulls in the City and County of Denver and is excited to see this measure on the November ballot,” the group told KDVR. “The League supports laws that will protect our community from dangerous dogs as opposed to legislation banning a dog based solely on their breed. We know that comprehensive, well-enforced, breed-neutral laws, like Referred Ordinance 20-0760, offer an effective and fair solution to the problem of dangerous dogs and ultimately keep communities safer.”
The ordinance will be lifted on Jan. 1, 2021.