The Arnold case has been settled by the City of Denver for a multi-thousand dollar settlement. Did you hear that? Let's say it again. Denver has settled the Arnold pit bull case for thousands and thousands of dollars.
Included in the monetary settlement are some procedural changes to Denver's ordinance. What those procedural changes will do is make it easier for people to understand the often inscrutable system of pit bull pick-ups at animal control. Details on that will come later. Denver will start implementing these procedural changes this spring. These changes came after hours and hours of mind-numbing meetings with the city about the minutia of the procedures. Hopefully, it will help people whose dogs were picked up and who don't have any kind of advocate with them. We'll see.
The email also says that there are two more lawsuits challenging the ban waiting in the wings to be filed. And, sources say that Denver's city attorney's office is short staffed so they've hired an outside law firm to handle the rest of the currently pending federal case. Denver, a city with a massive budget deficit, is paying them about $150 dollars an hour to handle it and have so far paid out close to $5000 in December and more than $10,000 in January.
Hopefully Denver officials are finally waking up and realizing that as long as they continue to blindly take and kill family pets based only on appearances, John Q Public will not stop fighting for his dogs.
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