I have a buyer currently that has a pitbull, and has had the DNA tested, and is one of the breeds that many cities around the metro area have banned. Too bad too, as her dog is a sickly one, and would not hurt a fly. I have heard that Aurora is looking to maybe look at them on a case by case basis, after interacting with the dog. BUT, so far, they are still banned. City of Denver has this same ban.
Aurora City Council passed an ordinance back in 2005 prohibiting the following breeds of dogs and/or any dog exhibiting the majority of distinguishing characteristics that substantially conform to the standards for any of these breeds as set by the American Kennel Club (AKC):
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
My client was contemplating this dog is an emotional support animal, and checked in with the City of Aurora on their requirements. The director of the Animal Control department was quick with his response -
"Owners have the ability to apply for an emotional support animal designation. While it seems very close, it is much different than a dog being a comfort animal. For an emotional support animal the owner must have:
1. A letter from the doctor listing the disability of the owner, how the animal alleviates a symptom of the disability and that it is that specific animal, not any animal.
2. Spayed or neutered
3. Current rabies vaccine
4. Current Microchip
When all of those documents are submitted, one of the city attorneys reviews the documents to make sure they approve. Then a designation is given for the animal to be in the city.
Along with this, the owner must submit a new letter from the doctor each year as the disability in the letter, I.E PTSD, may dissipate over time and then the dog would no longer qualify for the designation.
It has seemed to be easy to obtain this letter from a doctor, as many different animals have been identified as Emotional Support Animals, so understand they need to make a bit tougher to get this accomplished.