La Junta City Council Bans Pit Bulls Without Liability Insurance

October 13, 2006

The La Junta, Colo., City Council has voted 4-3 to ban pit bulls within city limits, although owners meeting certain conditions will be able to keep existing pets.

Owners who are least 21 years old can keep their pit bulls but must register them with the city by Dec. 1, provide proof of liability insurance, have the pet spayed or neutered, post a sign that says a pit bull is on the property, and confine the pit bull on the owner’s property, among other rules.

Pit bulls found in violation of city ordinances could be destroyed.

The ban was approved last week.

Council member Billie Johnson, who proposed the ordinance last month, noted that vicious attacks by pit bulls have happened in Pueblo, Denver and Colorado Springs.

Heather Maes said she was disgusted that the ban was passed. She had presented the City Council with 271 signatures of opponents of legislation targeting specific kinds of dogs.

“There are proven statistics out there that show it is not a dog breed that is vicious. It’s all how you raise and train a dog,” she said.

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