Ban Breed Bans
Breed bans have been a hot topic in this country for many years. This approach of targeting specific dog breeds has not proven to be effective and has negatively impacted families who consider dogs of these breeds as family members (not to mention shelters that rescue them). An alternate approach is being championed by Representative Paul Rosenthal of Denver through the introduction of House Bill 1126. This Colorado House bill seeks to prevent such bans on dogs of particular breed while encouraging responsible pet ownership.
We all want safe and humane communities for people and pets. The policies of homeowners associations that discriminate against dogs based solely on breed, size or weight do nothing to advance that goal. Instead, such policies often tear apart responsible, law-abiding families and overwhelm our state's shelters with dogs that otherwise would be living in a loving home.
The bill presents as, In the law governing common interest communities, the bill invalidates any covenant that prohibits the keeping of certain types of dogs based solely on a breed, weight, or size classification. Other regulations, such as the prevention of nuisance barking and requirements concerning the number of dogs per household and the disposal of waste, remain valid.
Certain breeds are also being targeted by the insurance industry. Breeds such as Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Akitas, Chow, and Bull breeds are being discriminated against by homeowner insurers that are refusing coverage for those living with such breeds. As a result many owners of these breeds are being forced to give up vital members of their families. These dogs are winding up in shelters despite having no history or indication of being aggressive or vicious.
The breed bans driven by the insurance industry are only adding to the annual problem of 3 million pets euthanized in shelters. Opponents of the breed ban agree that there is no simplified way to identify all the breeds that could pose a danger and that the ban on breeds is a very simplistic and reactionary to a much more complicated problem.
The alternative, say opponents of breed bans, is to look at the dog, not the breed. Taking on a more proactive approach, as does House Bill 1126, and going even further by promoting proper training, socialization, and health of dogs is a far greater solution. Take action now to let your senator and representative to support House Bill 1126 and to encourage their colleagues on the House Local Government Committee to do the same.
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