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City Council Removes Dog-Breed Restrictions

City Council Removes Dog-Breed Restrictions
Posted on 02/11/2021
Pit BullAurora Breed Ban Lifted

Since 2005 the City of Aurora had a breed ban in place which was commonly referred to as a Pit Bull Ban. This ban targeted the American pit bull terrier, the Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier, making it unlawful to have these breeds within the city limits.

In January, the Aurora City Council approved of the removal of dog breed restrictions. Meaning that on Feb. 14, the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier will be allowed within the city limits. No permit is required to own these animals in Aurora. However, it is required to have them licensed through the Aurora Animal Shelter. According to city ordinance a pet license is required for all dogs and cats. Having a pet license is a great way to help keep the Aurora pet population healthy as a rabies vaccine is required to obtain a license. In addition, a license tag will be issued from the shelter that can help identify the pet and return it to its owner if it should get lost. For more information regarding licensing please visit Aurora Pet Licenses.

With the ban lifted, the Aurora Animal Shelter is now able to adopt these dog breeds to Aurora residents. Previously, pit bulls could only be adopted out through the shelter's Everyday Adoption Center in Westminster to non-Aurora residents. If you are looking to adopt please visit Aurora Adoptable Animals to view the shelter's available animals.
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