Breed-Specific Legislation: State and Municipal Laws
January 16, 2014 9:06 AM Subscribe
Can someone explain to me how anti-BSL legislation and BSL can apparently coexist (example inside), and tell me how to find out whether or not BSL is in place, definitively?
posted by Urban Winter to Law & Government (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As someone who will probably be moving to follow a job, and someone who loves and wants to own a pit bull, I've been looking up areas where it is safe to own one of these amazing dogs. However, the laws seem a bit hard to follow.
The state of Colorado seems to have banned BSL: 18-9-204.5. Unlawful ownership of dangerous dogs.
(5) (a) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a municipality from adopting any rule or law for the control of dangerous dogs; except that any such rule or law shall not regulate dangerous dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.
Yet, despite this, Denver and Aurora (and maybe others) still have breed-specific legislation in place. How is this so? As a secondary question, if state laws don't actually do what they claim to do, how do I know definitively whether BSL is in place in a given city/county/whatever?