Attorneys with The Animal Law Center in Wheatridge, Colorado are disappointed with the recent decisions taken by the city councils of Denver and Aurora with regard to their breed bans. In both cities last night, the councils voted to retain breed bans without making reasonable accommodations for citizens who utilize restricted breeds as service dogs.
“While any action taken by either city council would have no affect on our class action lawsuit, it is unfortunate that both councils have decided to take the positions that they have,” said Jennifer Edwards, lawyer and founder of The Animal Law Center. “The ADA has never restricted the breed of service dog, but Denver and Aurora have. That violates federal law and the rights of citizens with disabilities who have utilized pit bulls as service animals.”
Currently, The Animal Law Center is representing three plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Denver and Aurora on the basis that the breed ban violates portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law allows for people with disabilities to use any breed of animal as a trained service dog. The suit was filed on March 31, 2010.
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