Lakewood Mayor Proposes End To Pit Bull Ban

At a City Council meeting yesterday, Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers proposed lifting the city's Pit Bull ban, replacing it with a host of new restrictions on an expanded set of dog breeds. The breed-specific restrictions will cover Pit Bulls, Pit Bull mixes, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, Canary Mastiff dogs and Cane Corso dogs.

According to the new proposal, these dogs must be:

Muzzled dog
An example of Lakewood's required muzzle for "dangerous and vicious breeds." (Source: City of Lakewood)

  • Locked in a fenced yard in the rear of the property also tethered to the ground on a tether no longer than 10 feet or on a tether controlled by someone 18 and older
  • In a locked pen, with a secure top, and supervised by someone 18 and older
  • Muzzled and on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length and have a person controlling them who is 18 and older
  • Inside an enclosure with a secured top, including a house

Lakewood residents are only allowed to own one dog that is a breed listed above and owners must maintain a liability insurance policy of not less than $100,000.

We previously reported about Lakewood's Pit Bull ban in October:

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