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US Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Vetoes Repeal Of Pit Bull Ban

05:15  15 february  2020
05:15  15 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Denver's pit bull ban could end after 30 years

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Denver 's City Council voted to repeal the breed ban that had been in place for decades.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock said he would veto a measure passed by the City Council that would have repealed the city’s 30-year ban on pit bulls . Michael B. Hancock , the mayor of Denver , vetoed lifting a ban on pit bulls .Credit Mark Rogers/Alamy.

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will not sign a repeal of the city’s pit bull ban. With the veto of the ban repeal, the ordinance will not take effect and the ban will remain in effect.

a dog looking at the camera© Provided by CBS Denver

The Denver City Council would need nine votes to overturn the veto, but at last check, only seven council members were in support of the repeal that would end the 30-year-old breed specific ban.

Denver City Council members recently passed the ordinance by a 7-4 vote. The law would have taken effect in 90 days. It ends the 30-year-old breed specific ban.

Before his decision on Friday, Hancock said he was considering the history of the ban; how it went into effect following the death of a 3-year-old child, mauled by a pit bull to death in 1989.

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DENVER – Denver City Council repealed a long-standing ban on pit bulls Monday night, but dog lovers shouldn’t celebrate just yet. A day after council members voted 7-4 to repeal the 30-year-old ban within city limits, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock indicated the fight to lift the ban could still be far

The Denver City Council voted on Monday to repeal a law against pit bulls , which would allow dog lovers the right to keep the animals within city limits after a 30-year ban . The new rules would go into effect in May if signed into law by Mayor Michael Hancock . Owners would be required to apply for a

This is Hancock’s first veto as mayor.

Michael Hancock wearing a hat and glasses: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (credit: CBS)© Provided by CBS DenverDenver Mayor Michael Hancock (credit: CBS)

Under the ordinance, owners would have had to register, micro-chip and spay or neuter their dog.

Hancock released this statement:

Council President Clark and members of City Council:

Over the past several days, I have heard from thousands of residents passionately expressing their opinions on both sides of this issue. I want to thank everyone who has shared their views, especially those I have spoken to personally – experts in veterinary care, animal care and control, as well as residents of our city who have had experiences with the pit bull breeds – all to gain a broader understanding of what this change would mean for our community and those who own these dogs. After deep reflection and consideration, I find that I cannot, in good conscience, support this legislation and will exercise my authority as Mayor to veto it.

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Keep Denver Safe From Pitbulls started this petition to Mayor Michael Hancock . Dear Mayor Hancock , On Monday evening, at the exact time that Denver 's City Council was voting to repeal the ban on pitbulls , a family in Los Angeles was being notified that their 5 year old son was murdered by

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Let me say at the outset that I salute the sponsor of this ordinance, Councilman Herndon, and his fellow Council members, who have tried to craft legislation that creates a data and licensing system for these breeds that is supported by veterinary experts and encourages owners of pit bull breeds to manage their pets. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of all pets in Denver are currently licensed, which raises significant questions about the effectiveness of this proposed new system. While much progress has been made in recent years to increase that number, more intentional efforts around responsible pet ownership, dog licensure and registration, and off-lease dogs are needed before this proposal should be considered. The reality is that irresponsible pet owners continue to be a problem, and it is the irresponsible owners and their dogs I must consider in evaluating the overall impact of this ordinance.

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Michael B. Hancock (born 1969) is an American businessman, author and politician, serving as the 45th mayor of Denver , Colorado. He was sworn in on July 18

A 30-year ban on pit bulls in the city of Denver may soon come to an end thanks to a city council vote on Monday. Council members voted 7-4 to repeal the city’s ban and instead allow a The law requires approval by Mayor Michael Hancock and would go into effect 90 days after he signs it.

We cannot diminish the very real, very traumatic experiences of those who have reached out to me to share their stories. While I appreciate the effort that Councilman Herndon has put in to crafting this ordinance and its guardrails, I do not believe this ordinance fully addresses the very real risk to severe injury that can result from attacks from these particular dog breeds, especially should they happen to a child.

At the end of the day, I must ask whether passage of this ordinance would make our homes and neighborhoods safer or pose an increased risk to public safety? I have concluded that it would pose an increased risk. I encourage members of City Council to reconsider their approach to this ordinance, which has been in the municipal code for over three decades. If we were to make this change now, and harm comes to someone as a result, then we have done a disservice to the people of this great city.

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