DENVER (CBS4) – For the first time in over 30 years, pit bulls will be adopted at Denver animal shelters this weekend. Race restriction permits will begin rolling out on Saturday after residents voted to lift the city’s pit bull ban. The first dog of its kind in the Denver Animal Shelter to be made available is called the Penguin.
Denver City Councilor Christopher Herndon met Penguin Wednesday and posed for a picture with a “cute girl.” He later posted the photo on Facebook.
As expected, the Facebook post received numerous comments from both animal lovers and people unsure whether the Denver city ban should be lifted.
Two proponents of lifting the ban wrote:
Thank you Councilor for looking beyond the misinformation and discrimination, and listening to the AVMA, CDC, ASPCA and others who study science and facts and are not afraid of deception.
Thank you, Mr. Herndon, for your resilience to support our dogs and their owners and to fight back against all forms of discrimination.
Two others shared alternative opinions:
I am sure you will keep your constituents updated on bite stats and attacks as soon as the impact of your pit bull endorsement becomes apparent.
Be careful with your wishes. We’d rather listen to the surgeon bringing these kids back together, not the pit bull advocates.
Penguin and other American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers have not been allowed in the city since 1989.
Wednesday’s CBS4 report on the Restricted Breed Assessments, which will begin this weekend, was posted on the Denver Reddit page and also has many comments, including this:
Hope everything goes well. Penguin is a cute name. I just hope this is the right decision when we know all about pit bulls. It’s probably okay for responsible owners, but not everyone is like that and unfortunate things can happen.