For 30 years, it has been illegal to own a pit bull in the US city of Denver. But that could change after the city council voted to remove the ban.
The Denver City Council passed a new code in a 7-4 vote on Monday, allowing owners to register their pit bull with the Denver Animal Protection (DAP) and get a breed-restricted licence.
Owners will need to provide a name and address for the dog, proof of microchipping, vaccination, neutering or spaying, and two emergency contacts.https://twitter.com/DenCityCouncil/status/1227046174378602498?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
An annual fee will also be required to maintain the licence, a tweet from the Denver City Council said.
The new law will take effect in 90 days if approved by Mayor Michael Hancock.
Additional conditions of the new law include notifying DAP if the dog escapes, bites someone, or dies.
It also limits the number of pit bulls in a single home to two.
If no violations of the code occur within three years, owners of registered dogs can remove the requirement for a breed-restricted licence and licence the dog under the same requirements as other dogs in Denver.
The previous law, enacted in 1989, banned the breed from the city of Denver.
Pit bulls remain banned in the nearby cities of Aurora, Commerce City, Lone Tree, Fort Lupton and Louisville.
American pit bulls are banned from importation in Australia and strict regulations restrict their breeding.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/pit-bull-ban-denver-city-council-change-dog-restriction-laws/788af666-0623-410e-8ebb-b28ad19ba4eb