A 25-year old pit bull breed ban has come to an end in Castle Rock.
City Council made the decision Tuesday night with a 5-0 vote to rescind the quarter century old ban. The decision was made following a number of factors including public feedback, a continued focus on public health and safety, the review of neighboring jurisdictions related to the existence or absence of breed-specific legislation and many more.
According to the Town of Castle Rock, the difficulties presented in euthanizing or removing a dog that has a home, when the dog hasn't done anything wrong is another reason that prompted city council to make the decision.
However, city council proposed a revised ordinance for any dangerous animals. The proposed ordinance is divided into two tiers, "potentially dangerous animals," and "dangerous animals."
A potentially dangerous animal will be defined as an animal that "causes injury to any person or domestic animal that is less than serious bodily injury." The ordinance says these situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and any conviction under this tier will require specific registration requirements combined with behavior modifications and any other sanctions ordered by the Court.
A dangerous animal will be defined as any animal that causes serious bodily injury to any person or domestic animal, or that behaves in a way that would result in serious bodily injury without intervention to stop such behavior, according to the ordinance. Any conviction of this tier would prohibit the possession of that dangerous animal within the town.
A pit bull ban does still exist in Aurora, Denver, Commerce City and Lone Tree.
These changes will go into effect starting June 1. For more information on the new ordinance or the city council meeting, visit the Town of Castle Rock website.