Pit bull activists bring Pit Fest to City Hall

Pit bull activists plan to give Denver's city government a dog-day afternoon on Friday with a protest outside the City and County Building, followed by Pit Fest, a concert and fundraiser on Saturday. And they'll have a special guest at both events: Shorty Rossi, a former actor and little person, who stars in Animal Planet's Pit Boss and is in Denver to film an episode; the show features Rossi's attempts to rescue and rehabilitate pit bulls.

The issue is particularly emotional here, where both Denver and Aurora have strict bans, known as breed-specific legislation, against pit bull ownership. "It's racism toward dogs, period, hands down," says Nick Dickson, the man behind Pit Fest. "The city council seems to think they know better than all the experts. Breed-specific legislation does not work. It costs millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars a year to to keep it going."

Pit Fest will feature at least ten bands at Bender's Tavern; tickets are $10 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mariah's Promise, a no-kill animal-rescue organization near Colorado Springs that specializes in placing pit bulls.

Westword covered the issue in a September 24, 2009, feature titled "Public Enemy #1." And pit bulls were back in the news last month, when the Denver City Council refused to allow people to use them as service dogs.

A producer for Pit Boss had asked Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown to give the city's side of the story on camera, but after the shootings in Tucson, Brown declined, citing security concerns and inflammatory rhetoric from pit bull fans. And one of those fans proceeded to fan the flames: After reading about Brown's refusal in Westword, he wrote that the councilman should "be forced" to go on TV to "justify the killing he has done. If he thinks killing innocent dogs and ruining people's lives is the right thing to do, he should be held accountable and should not be allowed to hide in his office when the time comes to speak out and defend his case."

Homemade: Like a good neighbor, Aaron Acker is here.

As the state government's newly appointed Homeowners Information Officer, it will be Acker's job to help both homeowners' associations (HOAs) and the people who live under their rules figure out where to go and what to do if they get into a dispute.

Created in 2010 by the HOA Ombudsman Bill, Acker's position became law on January 1; the Homeowners Information and Resource Center, which is part of the Division of Real Estate, will also track and register HOAs, as well as disputes.

And disputes arise quickly when it comes to HOAs, the groups who create and enforce tenets in particular neighborhoods. Take the Cherry Creek Farm HOA, for instance, whose former members waged a nasty two-year battle with subdivision homeowner Tom Myers last year ("Battlefield Suburbia," March 18, 2010). What started with a disagreement over a fence eventually devolved into shouting matches, legal action, and even physical confrontations involving the police.

While Acker may not have been able to diffuse that particular situation, he could have pointed both the HOA and Myers toward someone who could. He could also have provided both parties with information about their basic rights and responsibilities.

"Most of the disputes need to be resolved through civil litigation, and a lot of times, people and the HOAs don't know where they can go," says Acker, who is an attorney himself. "Sometimes the answers are as easy as explaining their responsibilities."

But Acker would have had to recuse himself from the Cherry Creek Farm drama: His aunt is coincidentally the new president of the HOA there.

"Obviously, that was an extreme case," he says. "I am going to try to be as balanced as possible and as unbiased as possible."

 
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Pits4life
Pits4life

I own two blue american staffordshire pitbulls, well behaved EXTREMELY SWEET, LOYAL, OBEDIENT, and BEAUTIFUL!! They are nothing but babies because I RAISED them to be! Ignorance is the downfall of our people and the only way people will learn is if they open their eyes and mind to education. Be smart know what you're talking about, do your homework and then TRY to degrade the breed. I've been bit by a golden retriever, does that mean ALL golden retrievers are mean? No it doesn't, that's the same for ANY dog no matter what breed it is! Get smart denver, because of this I have to live in certain areas. Talk about old school segregation in a new school way! Ridiculousness at its finest!

Joeyo
Joeyo

Let's give it up for the Mayors of Denver!

Let's give it up for the Mayors of Denver!

Pitbulls are illegal and so we don't have the dogs or the owners here.

They had to move out of my city!

The only good pitbull is a dead pitbull.

Agiguere
Agiguere

chef joe is a fucking douchebag piece of white trash

Agiguere
Agiguere

wow I have never seen so many idiotic comments in my life

bluebird88
bluebird88

For all of humankind's history interacting with canines, we have bred specific breeds to do specific types of work. Whether hunting, guarding sheep, sitting on your lap, or protecting our homes. And sometimes, we bred them to fight. Because men thought watching dogs fight was fun. And so those breeds are given to violence, even if they are raised in loving homes. Being in denial about it won't help anything. And calling it racism is absurd. Truly, that statement makes that person sound like an idiot.

Responsible people will sterilize their pit, NOT own one if they have children, and take the blame when the dog does attack someone (i.e..pay all medical bills). Sadly, there's seems to be no such thing as a responsible pit bull owner because when their dog does attack they simply blame the victim, even if it's a child. That is evil.

rosk304
rosk304

# Bomb strikes funeral as blasts kill 40 in Baghdad (AP)

AP - A car bomb ripped through a funeral tent in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad on Thursday, the deadliest in a series of attacks that killed at least 40 people.

Apparently no Pitbull was involved in this Heroic Act,rumour has it that Perfect Humans were responsible.

rosk304
rosk304

The Sad part is that Scum like Hinklehooper, Brown,Kelley ,Nelson create this SICK behaviour do it for personal gain you do it for sheer HATE of something you know nothing about.SHAME

Geri Millan
Geri Millan

I was stopping at our local shelter on a regular basis looking for a dog to adopt. All they had most of the time where pit bulls. Why? I think the most aggressive dogs have been bred together to create a vicious animal and ruin a large segment of a breed that can be a very good dog. They scare me. And I owned a 105 lb. german shepherd. (Died of old age). The shelter finally had an adorable 3 year old chocolate cocker spaniel. She is so laid back and loves people. I don't have to worry about her biting. We have had her almost a year. I would be devastated if anything happened to her.

Jpaul123
Jpaul123

People are stupid. There's a ban against pit bulls for a reason! If you have a pit bull, don't move to Denver. If you live in Denver, don't get a pit bull. It's as simple as that. I love how people are blaming others for their pit bulls being taken away and put down. The only one to blame is the owner, they made the choice to move to a town that has a pit bull ban.

Joe_yo
Joe_yo

All anyone needs to know about the pit bull fad. And belive it or not, shorti rossi di 10 years in prison for murder. He loves pit bulls and obviously doesn't care who gets hurt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

canoeme
canoeme

Why is it they every PIT owner insists on keeping their balls.... at least neuter your animals, then we can talk. If you care about saving the breed, this should be a no brainer. Neuter the majority so they are not out crossbreeding. Pit Bull Mix $25. Pit Mix $50. Pit Mix Pit Mix Pit Mix. Every where I freaking look. Who buys a dog for $50? Some idiot that doesn't know how to properly train a dog and should be buying baby formula instead of dog food.

rosk304
rosk304

Drunk Driving Research

* Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities (National Statistics)

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 37,261 people died in traffic crashes in 2008 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 11,773 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic deaths last year, that is, on average someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash every 45 minutes in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2009)

Since NHTSA began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have decreased 44% from 21,113 in 1982. Since the inception of The Century Council and our national efforts to fight drunk driving, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have declined 26% from 15,827 in 1991. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2009)

The rate of alcohol-impaired fatalities per 100,000 population is the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities for every 100,000 persons in the population being measured. In 2008, about four people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities for every 100,000 Americans. Since 1998, the rate of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the U.S. has decreased 17%. Between 1991 and 2008, the rate of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities per 100,000 population decreased 38% nationally. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2009)

Download and share our 2009 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America summary.

Interestingly enough that not 1 of these Drunken Drivers were Pitbulls all were Perfect Humans.

With 37,261 people dead in 1 year,surely we should be considering BANNING MOTOR VEHICLES..

Joe_yo
Joe_yo

Pitbulls are BANNED.

That means no skanky tattood and gang banging rejects can own one in Denver.

This is what I call a good law.

Codename7000
Codename7000

I would never put Pit Bulls back into thugs hands this is whats best for them. Keep them Banned.

Jesus
Jesus

Pit Bulls should be banned period - along with their owners

Tatiannasullivan
Tatiannasullivan

We were blessed with our pit bull a year ago. I was very concerned when my husband brought home this little red thing with bright glowing eyes.. but as time would tell she is THE BEST dog I have ever had. She has become one of the family and fits in well with our 3 children ages 4,6 and 8.She is well mannered and sweet as can be, and is also a great protector. The only complaint is that she kisses too much and likes to lick toes if your wearing open toe shoes. We raised her with love, I couldnt imagine anyone telling us she is a monster. We recently moved to Colorado but avoided some towns because of the pit bull ban. Its a shame because they really are great dogs and are big lovers

Kat
Kat

It all boils down to irresponsible people. People who can't train their dogs. It may or may not be the breed, I don't know. You don't see any of this shit written up about poodles. But there is definitely a human factor involved here that points to lack of ownership, responsibility and common sense and courtesy for what ever animal involved.

canoeme
canoeme

That should be fun to bring together 100's of Pit Bulls in one place. Might as well take bets on that one. Is meth taken as currency for pit bull fighting? Racism towards dogs.... yep, not against the constitution. Unfortunately, people that are found to be violent only have to do some jail time before being allowed into any neighborhood. Hey little person... the reality is that most people that own Pits want them for protection and don't do any sort of training other then yelling at them. That would make a great reality tv show... The Real Pit Bull Owners. If anyone makes that show, I want some royalties please.

rosk304
rosk304

For the benefit of the Brainwashed .Yesterday on a Moscow Station a Suicide Bomber blew himself up also he KILLED 35 others.No group has yet taken responsibility for this proud and honourable act but it has been categorically confirmed that no PITBULL was involved,it does appear to be leaning that only PERFECT HUMANS were responsible.

Joeyo
Joeyo

Wrong again. I'm an American Indian.

rosk304
rosk304

Yeah and Drunken Drivers Killed around 100 people to-day,and 3 children were murdered by their parents to-day.

Selwyn Marock
Selwyn Marock

You are correct ,but it is the reason that pisses off the Decent Human Beings,all this law is not about is Public Safety,if you beleive that Hinklehooper or Brown give a SHxt whether you get bitten by a dog,then obviously you also beleive in Tooth-Fairies.This law is merely targetting the STUPID-MASS VOTE and it does appear that more than 51% of the Denverites are STU)PID and ILLITERATE.

rosk304
rosk304

You are correct,exactly the same with those Bloody Jews moving to Germany in the late 30's,they knew they were BANNED,they knew they would land up in the Gas-Ovens.It was all their fault.Hitler was no different to Hinklehooper, he could BRAINWASH the STUPID MASSES equally well.

Yo_joe
Yo_joe

Dogs are not people.

Dogs are not people.

Dogs are not people.

We have to put up with idiot people because they have rights.

We don't have to put up with idiot dogs. They don't have rights.

Ban the PITBULLS.

rosk304
rosk304

Yeah we should be just as kind to the Jews,Muslims and people of colour,Ban them.Save them from our Filthy thoughts that us perfect humans have about them.Those that attend church on a Sunday even pray for them.If there is a G-D he will look down upon and know we are good and decent people.

rosk304
rosk304

Never realised that Jesus was a BRAINWASHED RACIST, but we live and learn.

DanteLibra
DanteLibra

Well...here I am alone again. Just another day in the life of a pimply-face angry teen in his parent's basement...sigh...guess I'll troll on some website & try to make people as angry as I am...I know, I'll post something stupid & incendiary about.....about.......about PITTBULLS! Yeah...THAT'L do it! Now let's see...what ELSE can I do to secretly show people how lonely I am. I know....I'll use the name JESUS! Man I'm on a roll!.............boy I hope I get laid some day, oh-well here goes (send).

rosk304
rosk304

It has zero to do with training dogs,more with CROOKED POLITICIANS who are Murdering Dogs. SCUM like HINKLEHOOPER who have used DOGS to Get to the Governor's Mansion,he is a COLD BLOODED-MURDERER and should be treated as such.If you are a Good Human lets take him and his Regime DOWN.These BASTARDS are COLD-BLOODED MURDERERS.You Have an opportunity to take this SCUM down,lets do it,For the ANIMALS.

rosk304
rosk304

Are you aware that some Moron blew himself and 35 others up on a train station 2 days ago in Moscow that is almost two years of Fatalities caused by all the dogs in the USA.Pitbulls are not the Murderers,the Murderer's are sitting in the Council chambers in Denver,BRAINWASHING the STUPID.Do not be one of them.

gigiallin
gigiallin

you, are not being very fair or realistic. i have been a bully breed owner/ friend and advocate for years and if you knew half of what you were talking about it would be somewhat acceptable for you to post it as truth. Cesar Milan is a pit bull owner, does he just yell at them and use them for protection? Bully breeds were bred to listen to and be affectionate and protective toward humans, not that most of us deserve such loyal companions. You make a fine case in point.

Chef_joe
Chef_joe

Yea! So here's an idea that will help your cause.

Let's get a bunch of Islamic terrorists from Russia and make it cool to breed them by rappers and the tattoo crowd and put them on chains in backyards all over the country! Then every once in a while some of them will get loose. Then after a lot of killings and maimings everyone will wish it was pitbulls and not Islamic terrorists from russia in their neighborhood!

That will prove to the brainwashed that there are worse things than pitbulls. Or maybe we can train pitbulls to polinate our food supply like the killer bee guy wants to do. Then we can get rid of bees since they are more dangerous to people!

Hey Rosk, stop smoking it man. You're smoking too much. Sober up OK? One more thing, dogs are not people. OK? Dogs rights never trump people's rights. Ever.

Chef_joe
Chef_joe

Dogs are not people. Dogs are not people.

Chef_joe
Chef_joe

This law is all about safety. Most people don't want to get their face ripped off by the neighbors dog when it gets loose.

Chef_joe
Chef_joe

DOGS ARE NOT PEOPLE.

PEOPLE HAVE RIGHTS. DOGS DON'T HAVE RIGHTS.

The city poisons all kinds of dogs every day. Not just pit bulls. But they do kill a lot of pitbulls because they are dangerous and people want to get rid of them.

rosk304
rosk304

You are correct ,plenty of IDIOTS in Denver.ZOMBIELAND.

rosk304
rosk304

You obviously love changing your handle but that is quite normal for those that are INSANE.Shame let me explain I do agree with you Dogs are not People,Thank G-D,they are far too decent and good to be like us, as I also pointed out to you,there is not another LIVING CREATURE that is as EVIL as us PERFECT HUMANS,ask your G-D Hinklehooper,the SCUM that you PRAY to every day,SHAME.Did your Mother really RAPE you?

Guest
Guest

Yea. Only a big man would have a pitbull. Everyone sees it, the punks need the dog to make them feel tough.

rosk304
rosk304

Naah leave the Pits alone they have enough problems,they have neo-Nazi politicians trying to make their name riding on their back.Rather go for the Crooked Politico that is born and bred out of Denver.Definitely will improve your chances of getting laid.

Kat
Kat

..................right.

Chef_joe
Chef_joe

Oh shutup. Ask this 6 year old girl if this pitbull was a protective companion that was bred to listen and be affectionate towards humans?

No, she got her face ripped off and will never be the same. F all of you sociopaths who feel the need to own one of these dogs and endanger the rest of us. I would gladly shoot your dog if I saw it near me.

http://www.gazette.com/article...

rosk304
rosk304

One statement you are correct,"Dogs are not People" Every morning when wake ,I say to my 2 Staffs "I wish I could be as decent and as nice as you 2" Also I Thank G-D that our Dogs are not like us Humans I do not think this Planet could handle another bunch of living creatures like us the Perfect Humans.On a scale of 1 to 10 you have not got to 1 yet to attain 10 to be as decent and as good as a dog.But as I have pointed out to others on this blog,that they must not be too hard on you as you are Insane and need help plenty of it.

rosk304
rosk304

No people do not want to get rid of them especially the Decent Human-Beings just the Stupid and Illiterate and of course the neo-Nazis that run your City.You failed to answer my question did your Mother Rape you,and is this what started your problems you could come right but 1st you have to acknowledge you are INSANE.

rosk304
rosk304

Do not take him seriously he is Insane,read somewhere on this site that his Mommy abused him as a child also that his Mommy preferred her dog to him,Understandable.I think I would rather get a bad case of Pneumonia than being related to him. But Shame he is not well and does need Help,Plenty of it.

Bigreynreyn
Bigreynreyn

you have to be kidding me i have four children all from the age 11 to 2. i currently own a pitbull and have scince all my kids were young. There are more lab and golden retriever bites on kids every year look it up! And it's because of people like you that danger the rest of us you would glady shoot the pit bull standing around you haha your a great united states citizen.

 
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