CITY DESK: Town hall meeting on Aurora dog breed ban set for Monday

Aurora reconsiders its 15-year pit bull ban. In 2014, voters upheld the city’s almost decade-long pit bull ban by a margin of 2 to 1. A virtual public meeting is planned for August 10th to discuss possible changes. (Marla R. Keown / Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The public will be able to speak for or against “pit bulls” and other currently banned dog breeds under the city council’s recent revision of the Aurora Breed Restricted Ordinance.

City council members have booked a virtual session for Monday 10 August at 6:15 p.m. to hear the public’s contributions. Officials encourage residents with opinions to help shape the city’s decision.

To participate, email comments to before Friday [email protected] Or call the live meeting by choosing 855-695-3475 and press * 3. Callers will have to queue between 5.45 p.m. and 6.15 p.m. and have two minutes to give their opinion when it’s their turn, city officials said.

Certain dogs have been banned in the city limits since 2005 when city council members passed an ordinance prohibiting residents from owning 10 different breeds in the city. City lawmakers later trimmed the code to ban only three breeds: American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The law remains in the books to this day. An overwhelming majority of voters in the city voted in favor of maintaining the ban in November 2014.

In 2018, Castle Rock lifted its pit bull ban and rekindled the debate in Aurora and other metropolitan areas. Denver recently confirmed its ban.

Aurora city council members discussed on Aug. 3 how to consider repealing or maintaining the Race Restriction Ordinance. Councilors petitioned City Hall on August 10 after some members said they did not want to consider lifting the race ban without further public contributions.

– GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writer

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