Animal Rescue of the Rockies does not endorse any form of breed discrimination.  We believe that all breeds deserve loving homes.  Each individual dog is just that - an individual - and should be treated as such regardless of breed.  It is unfortunate that certain members of the Denver City Council have taken the stance that certain breeds should not be allowed in the city limits.  Other areas have followed this misguided approach, and we list them here only as a source of information.

Note:  This information was taken from the website:  www.flyballdogs.com

Current Legal Status of Breed Bans 

In 2004, the Colorado State legislature passed a statue increasing the penalties and liability for dog attacks and prohibiting any legislation based on breed.  This law effectively repealed all pit bull breed bans in Colorado.  However, the City and County of Denver contested the law claiming they were a “home rule” city and the state legislature could not dictate local ordinances such as dog breed bans.  They were successful at the district court level and their pit bull breed ban was reinstated.  There are appeals in process contesting this ruling, but at this time, breed ban legislation is legal in Colorado for cities that have home rule charters.  Unfortunately during the time this issue was being resolved, there were several highly publicized pit bull attacks and several other Colorado cities moved forward with pit bull legislation of their own.  These are the current cities with breed bans: 

City Relevant provisions Full Text of ban
Denver Applies to “American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds” 

Exceptions for “public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization” and travel through the city

For history on the ordinance, see the Denver City Attorney site:www.denvergov.org/City_Attorney/54517143template3jump.asp
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Aurora Applies to APBT, AmStaff and Staff Bull Terriers

Exceptions for “public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization” and travel through the city  

City informational brochure:http://www.auroragov.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/article-publication/019891.pdf
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Castle Rock Applies to “pit bulls” without definition, but provides hearing on classification as pit bull

Exceptions for “public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization”

Town web page:  www.townofcastlerock.org

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Commerce City Applies to pit bulls, defined as “American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds” and to wolf hybrids

Exceptions for “public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization” and travel through the city  

City web page:  www.ci.commerce-city.co.us
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Fort Lupton

Applies to pit bulls, defined as "American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or any dog displaying the majority of the physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. Any Colorado licensed veterinarian may attest to whether or not any dog meets this definition"

Exceptions for dogs already in the city before the ban if licensed through the city's pit bull licensing program and for travel through the city as long as dog is secured in crate.  No exception for dog shows.

City web page: www.fortlupton.org

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Lone Tree Prohibits pit bulls, defined as:  "American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog (Old Country Bulldog),Dogo Argentino, Canary Dog (Canary Island Dog, Presa Canario, Perro de Presa Canario), Presa Mallorquin (Pero de Presa Mallorquin, Ca de Bou), Tosa Inu (Tosa Fighting Dog, Japanese Fighting Dog, Japanese Mastiff), Cane Corso (Cane di Macellaio, Sicilian Branchero), Fila Brasilairo, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds."

Exceptions for dogs already in the city prior to the ban if licensed & meeting other special requirements.  Non-residents may bring a dog in for up to 24 hours as long as the dog is muzzled when not secured.  But, see details in ordinance.  No exception for dog shows.

City web page: www.cityoflonetree.com

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Louisville Prohibits pit bulls.  No definition given for pit bull.

Exceptions for dogs already in the city through a licensing program with restrictions.  Exception for transport through the city and for "showing the pit bull in a place of public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization" where the organization has received approval.

City web page: www.ci.louisville.co.us

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