Repeal Breed Specific Legislation Law in Denver
To: Denver City Council
In 1896 U.S. Supreme Court in Sentel v. New Orleans and Carrolton Railroad (1896) 166 US 698 declared all breeds of dogs to be our property.
Several Federal Circuit Courts have concluded that dogs qualify as property protected under Due Process. Altman v. High Point, 330F.3d 194.
On August 30, 2003 the Alabama Supreme court affirmed American Pit Bull Terriers are not vicious and so have several other courts. Huntsville v Shelia Tack (Ala.08-30-02), No. 1010459,
Zuniga v. San Mateo Dept. of Health Services (1990), 218 Cal.App.3d1521, Carter v. Metro North Assocs. (1998), 255 A.D. 2d 251; 680 N.Y.S. 2d. 229.
As responsible dog owners we have constitutional rights. For 35 years breed bans and restrictions have been attempted. Nowhere has breed specific legislation reduced criminal activity or protected the public from dangerous dogs. 13 states now prohibit breed discrimination laws. We believe our 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th amendment constitutional rights are being violated. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) criminalizes U.S. citizens. It is cruel and unjust punishment. We are asking the city of Denver to repeal Section 8-55 of REVISED MUNICIPAL CODE, City and County of DENVER, COLORADO Codified through Ord. No. 679-03, adopted September 9, 2003. (Supplement No. 77, Update 3)
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