STATEMENT FOR COUNCIL – NOVEMBER 16th 2020
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A dog’s breed is not the top predictor of aggression, their spay or neuter status is. Nearly 80% of all dog incidents involve unneutered male dogs. This, not breed, is obviously the source of the problem.
There are now only 5 towns or cities in Colorado with Breed Legislation. There are 266 cities and towns here in Colorado without Breed Legislation. Obviously it is not a problem that needs to be legislated anywhere else, so why is Aurora joining in the likes of Fort Lupton, Commerce City, Lone Tree, and Louisville? Now that Denver and Castle Rock have dropped it, it is embarrassing.
In Denver, It cost an estimated 6 million dollars to enforce BSL in the last decade according to a University of Denver study on the issue. It also cost them over a hundred million in lost revenue. Aurora is about half of the population size of Denver, so if we cut those numbers in half – do we really want to spend millions enforcing it, and lose tens of millions in revenue right now?
According to the same study, BSL seems relevant to questions of perpetuating systemic racism, as it is enforced disproportionately in communities of color. The origin of BSL across the country in the late 90s and Early 2000s is also of questionable origin in that regard.
The fact is that Every Professional animal and legal group has come out against BSL. No reputable organizations support it. This includes the American Bar Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Care & Control Association, and many more. The reason for this consensus is that there are no studies indicating that BSL has ever made ANY community more safe.
There is no blowback for responsible legislation and BSL only perpetuates incidents. The ability for people to get training, socialization, insurance, licensing and veterinary care is how you keep the community safe when it comes to issues of aggressive dogs.
The fact is that it should be removed the same way it was implemented – through a council vote. The 2013 ballot question was designed to fail, and the fact that Denver and Castle Rock have both eliminated it by landslide votes of 15 points or more is a good indicator of how that vote would go if this should be delayed for more years than it has been.
Please remove 14-75 the same way you implemented it, via council vote, so we can all focus on real animal issues like training and education.