Pit Bull Ban Poses ADA Dilemma, Advocates Say
Disability advocates are crying foul after Denver officials said that the city’s no pit bull policy should apply to service animals too.
The city banned pit bulls in 1989 amid concerns about violence associated with the dogs. But today advocates say that prohibiting the breed to work as service animals could be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the federal disability law, local governments are required to make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate residents with disabilities.
With that in mind, disability advocates asked the Denver City Council to exempt service animals from the pit bull ban, but on Monday the council voted against the exemption.
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Many council members said they worried that providing an exemption could make it difficult to enforce the ban, especially considering that under the ADA officials are not able to ask residents for proof that their dog is indeed a service animal, reports The Denver Post. To read more click here.