Officials in Aurora, CO are once again considering a repeal of the city's law targeting 'pit bull'- like dogs as the law continues to show how ineffective the laws can be.
According to news reports, since the law took effect in 2006, 1,158 dogs of targeted breeds have been systematically killed in the city of Aurora (population 330,000).
Meanwhile, the same media reports that the number of dog bites in the community has remained steady at about 200 per year.
So that makes the score for the breed-targeted law: Dead dogs 1,158, public safety - 0.
It's important to note here that Aurora passed the ban in January 2006. At the time, the city banned 10 different breeds of dogs that accounted for 15% of the total number of dog bites in the community in the previous 3 years.
After passing the ordinance, the number of bites actually increased by about 67% over the next 3 years. Like other communities like Omaha have done, some city officials and the media have used some fuzzy math to try to justify the law, but it doesn't change the reality that the the true result has been that the city has used taxpayer funds in expensive court battles, more than 1100 dogs have been killed, and public safety has not increased.
Due to all the complications, and the reality that the law was failing, in April 2011 the city of Aurora voted to repeal the ban on 7 of the 10 breeds -- but kept the ban on 3. Because that would fix it.
But it hasn't. The lawsuits continue. Dogs continue to die (43 more so far this year) and public safety remains unchanged.
it is one thing to make a mistake in judgment and pass a bad law in the first place. It is quite another to stare at the failure of the law and stubbonly hang onto the notion that is working is spite of the clear evidence that it is no.
Admit it was a failure, repeal it, and move on.