What Cities in the Denver metro area have a ban on Pit Bull Dogs?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

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.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Joan - and for those who say life in real estate is simply showing pretty houses each day and cashing those big commission checks, there is so much more involved....  

Jan 28, 2020 06:36 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good information to share with prospective home buyers.

Jan 28, 2020 06:40 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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Joan, I having nothing against any breed of dog. That being said, when stupid owners train dogs to kill, they will.

Jan 28, 2020 07:50 AM #3
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
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Thanks for sharing this info Joan Cox . I personally think that any dog, especially larger breeds, can be dangerous.  It's the training that counts. 

Jan 28, 2020 06:03 PM #4
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Maria Gilda Racelis
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That is sad news for this breed. I hope Aurora will soon change its law:(. Joan, I am happy that none of the towns in CT has that law regarding dog's breed. Landlords can impose that ban but it is not a law here.

Jan 29, 2020 04:55 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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I am not much of a pet person, so I have never been attached to a dog, but I know people definitely consider them as family.

Jan 29, 2020 06:17 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Joan... I've heard of this ban happening in other places. I do know that your homeowner's insurance increases with certain breeds of dogs.

Jan 29, 2020 07:38 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Michael Jacobs there sure is, and especially when the buyer is on a very strict budget, and at the top end.

Jan 29, 2020 09:06 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Roy, on occasion I have buyers with pit bulls, and we need to know where they can buy a home in the Denver metro area.

Jan 29, 2020 09:07 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Jeff, that is so true, it is the owners, not the dog for the most part.

Jan 29, 2020 09:07 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Susie Kay for the most part, I am afraid of larger dogs, as a german shepherd tried taking one of my arms one time.

Jan 29, 2020 09:08 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Maria Gilda Racelis I was wondering if you would chime in, knowing your dogs.   It is the owners for the most part that give this breed a bad name.

Jan 29, 2020 09:09 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Brian, I am a cat person, and know the pets are part of the family.

Jan 29, 2020 09:09 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Nina, had not thought of the homeowner's insurance.   I may make a call today to check.

Jan 29, 2020 09:10 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Joan - there are justified fears here and much has to do with how the dog is handled.

Jan 29, 2020 09:59 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Grant, I agree, and last night heard Denver has a bill in right now trying to reduce this ban.

Feb 03, 2020 08:21 AM #16
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Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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Pit bulls are allowed in the Colorado Springs area.  So the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region almost always has lots of nice pit bulls available for adoption .  

 

So when I read about the Denver city council voting to repeal the ban on pit bulls, I was happy for dog owners.  Yet, the mayor vetoed the repeal....   Not good for people like your buyer.   

 

I hope your buyer was able to keep her pet.  

 

Feb 27, 2020 03:04 PM #17
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Sondra Meyer: this was disheartening!   She does not live in Denver currently, so no problem with having her pit, but looking for homes we have to eliminate Denver and Aurora, as they still have bans on them.

Feb 27, 2020 03:43 PM #18
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