Boulder, CO: Boulder takes a bite out of bad dog behavior

Boulder takes a bite out of bad dog behavior

By Jared Jacang Maher
Published on September 23, 2009 at 12:11pm
Westword News

[…] After getting a job at an advertising firm, James decided to ditch the Mile High City for Boulder, which has no pit bull ban. He moved into a pet-friendly apartment and discovered that six other people in the building owned pit bulls, too. “And three of them said they’d also moved out of Denver because of the ban,” he says.

Boulder officials say they have no reliable count of how many dogs there are in the city, let alone pit bulls. In 2008, Boulder’s animal-control division recorded 207 dog bites; 9 were reported to have come from pit bulls. The numbers were similar in the three years prior. And Boulder hasn’t had a fatal dog attack in at least thirty years. Because what it does have is a muscular dangerous-dog law and a unique bite-diversion program that teaches owners how to control aggressive behavior in their dogs in order to prevent future bites.

[…] An aggressive-dog ordinance is far more effective than a breed ban, Teague says.[…]

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