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May 18, 2010 7:24 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Lawsuit filed against Denver, Aurora, pit bull ban

Three people who say they need their pit bulls for their disabilities are suing Denver and Aurora for banning the breed.

The class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Denver Wednesday seeks more than $75,000 in damages for Glenn Belcher, Allen Grider and Valerie Pitz. The cities have banned the dog breeds.

Grider is a Vietnam War veteran who says he has symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder and that his pit bull, Precious, helps him. Grider says Aurora officials seized his dog in November and was later released to a friend.

Denver attorneys declined to comment.

Aurora City Attorney Charlie Richardson says he's disappointed in the lawsuit and thought the city had reached an agreement with Grider to allow him to keep his pet.

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