The mayor of Denver, concerned about the “very real risk” of child injuries, said he would veto a measure approved by the City Council on Friday that would lift the city’s 30-year ban on pits.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock said he received passionate comments from thousands of residents on both sides of the issue, but could not sign off with “good conscience” the elimination that passed the city council Monday.
“At the end of the day, I have to ask, will the adoption of this ordinance make our homes and neighborhoods safer, or will it increase the high risk of public safety?” In a letter to the city council, Hancock wrote: posted On his Twitter page. “I have concluded that this is a great risk.”
The pit bulls were banned in the city and county of Denver in August 1989, after which, according to Mr Hancock, there were several deadly attacks, including one that he said killed a 2-year-old child.
Mr. Hancock said he was concerned that the proposed cancellation “does not fully address the real risk of severe injury that could lead to attacks of certain breeds of these dogs, especially if they occur with a child.”
“The reality is that irresponsible pet owners continue to be a problem,” he wrote, “and it is irresponsible pet owners and their dogs that I need to consider to assess the overall impact of this ceremony.”
The measure passed the City Council by a vote of four to seven, less than two of the nine required for the mayor’s veto to be abolished. According to the proposal, owners would be required to apply for a breed restriction permit and register their pit bull in the Denver area of animal protection.
Councilman Christopher Herndon, who backed the proposal, said that if the failure failed on Tuesday, he would try to lift that ban by a November 22 vote.
“I am disappointed that the mayor prefers to ignore the science of race-related legislation,” Mr Henderson’s statement read. “Research shows that breed legislation is ineffective in keeping communities safe, and industry experts, from local to national, agree that it is no longer a best practice.”
Pit bulls have long been malnourished, as attacking dogs and fighters are too hostile to live with humans. According to National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Campaign to Protect Victims of Pit Bull Attack, more than 900 cities in the United States have legislation specifically addressing dog breeds.
American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty announcedbut that it was unaware of evidence that specific breed laws make communities safer for humans or their pets.
Dogs classified as “pit bulls” most often include terrestrial terrestrials, American Staffordshire masters, Staffordshire bull masters and other mixed breeds.
Laura M. Holson participated in the report.