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Aurora Vote, Nov. 4, 2014

Aurora Breed Ban—Repeal Measure Fails

Plus, dog behaviorist Kerry Vinson

November 4, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome Nancy Tranzow, who fills us in on the run up to the Aurora, CO, vote on the city's BDL and the unfortunate outcome. Unlike the ballot iniative to repeal Miami's breed ban, the Aurora repeal question was cleary worded. Ms. Tranzow thinks that if anti-BDL advocates had had more time to campaign, the results may have been different. She also finds a silver lining in the fact that Aurora's BDL has been brought to light. Most residents did not even know the ban existed and animal control has been applying the ban without regard to the rights of dog owners.

Ms. Tranzow also addresses the not inconsiderable amount of harassment she's personally suffered in working toward repealing the ban. She has had to deal with online harassment, threatening phone calls, death threats, and a stalker.

We also welcome Ontario dog behaviorist Kerry Vinson, who discussses Ontario's breed ban and his involvement in the Trempe Inquest. In 1999, a young girl was bitten and killed by a neighbor's bullmastiff. In the only inquest to be held in Ontario over a fatal dog bite incident, numerous expert witnesses were called to discuss the case and make recommendations for increasing public safety regarding dogs. Mr. Vinson testified for two days. In the end, a panel returned a list of more than thirty recommendations. The government of Ontario applied one of the recommendations—that a dog behaviorist evaluate any dog involved in a fataliy before the dog is euthanized—and enacted breed-discriminatory legislation targeting pit bulls. Mr. Vinson noted that no qualified expert advocated BDL and that BDL has not made Ontario safer. You can see the full list of recommendations here.

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