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Gumdrop the Dog Becomes First Pit Bull to Be Adopted in Denver After Repeal of Decades-Long Breed Ban

 This pit bull is making history.

The pup is that the first pit bull to be adopted in Denver since 1989, when a ban on the dog breed was put in situ A 3-year-old dog from an animal shelter in Denver has made history after becoming the primary pit bull within the city to be adopted in over 30 years.



Gumdrop, who has been renamed Odin by his new family, is that the first pit bull to be adopted in Denver since 1989, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment spokesperson Kyle Wagner tells PEOPLE. The grey-and-white pup was adopted on Tuesday after pit bulls were legalized following the repeal of a decades-long ban on the breed. According to Wagner, the pooch was found as a stray on Dec. 17 and brought to VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, where veterinarians determined he didn't have microchip identification. The dog was put up for legal adoption on Jan. 2 after a five-day hold at the Denver Animal Shelter and nobody came forward to say him. The adopting family, who hails from Colorado Springs , saw Odin's photo and drove an hour to satisfy him, consistent with Wagner. The family has an infant child and no other pets. "We are so excited to celebrate the primary Pit Bull adoption since the new breed ordinance! 🎉🎉🎉❤️ ⁠," the Denver Animal Shelter announced on Facebook earlier in the week . "Gumdrop was so happy to travel home together with his new family! Today may be a day of celebration! 🙌😍❤️🐶 ."

Denver residents voted to lift the city's longstanding ban on pit bulls last year, with the ballot measure overwhelmingly passing with 64.5 percent, consistent with The Denver Post. As of Jan. 1, 2021, residents can now own or keep pit bulls and other restricted breeds — like American American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier — as long as they obtain a permit and have their pet microchipped. The new ordinance also requires pit bill owners — who are limited to 2 pit bulls per home — to pay a better fee than is about for other breeds, to take care of appropriate paperwork for his or her dog, and to possess no issues with Hell bull for 3 years. A citywide ban on the breed was put in situ in 1989 after 20 people had been attacked by pit bulls the previous five years, local station KMGH previously reported.

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