Aurora, CO – Local dog advocacy group End Aurora BSL in Aurora, Colorado is voicing concerns over the potential for an increase in pit breed incidents related to the abandonment of pit breeds following the re-implementation of breed ban legislation in the area.

“The reactivation of this ordinance, which prohibits the ownership of several pit bull breeds within city limits, will cause in increase in abandonment, and therefore pit-related incidents”, says Bryon Taylor, an organizer with the citizen action group End Aurora BSL.

“Breed legislation can make a community less safe in terms of dangerous dogs incidents because of often unforeseen side effects such as the increase in abandonment in the short term leading to a rise in incidents. In the long term, the community suffers from specific breeds not having equal access to training, socialization veterinary care and insurance”, he states. 

End Aurora BSL posted concerns to their website, highlighting that potential consequences of this reversal pose a significant community safety issue that may continue to fuel a false narrative that breed legislation is a solution as opposed to part of the problem. “Any dog is going to be prone to incident in the case of abandonment, regardless of breed, but an increase in scrutiny on incidents with these breeds in the media can result in a narrative of people thinking BSL is helping, when it is only making the situation worse”, says Taylor.

The group’s spokesperson stated, “While the intention behind breed-specific legislation might be to enhance public safety, it inadvertently punishes responsible pit bull owners and exacerbates the problem by leading to more dogs being abandoned. These dogs, often left without proper care or shelter, may become distressed and pose a risk to public safety.”

Furthermore, the group emphasizes the importance of responsible ownership and the role of community education in preventing dog attacks, rather than breed-specific bans. The spokesperson added, “It’s critical to understand that a dog’s behavior is more influenced by upbringing, training, and treatment by its owner than by its breed. Studies show that breed is not a predictor for dog aggression. The commonality that best predicts dog aggression is whether they are an intact (non-neutered) male, so if you wanted a legislative solution to dog aggression, that is where to start.” they state on their website. 

The organization is advocating for breed-neutral language through a vote in 2024 and is calling on the city council to consider alternative approaches that focus on responsible pet ownership, education, and community engagement. These measures, they argue, are more effective in ensuring public safety and animal welfare.

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