Colorado’s Jared Polis posts photo of pit bull at the governor’s mansion days after Denver mayor approved ban

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The Governor of Colorado found himself in a predicament after he posted his office, a poorly timed tweet called out to the Denver mayor’s veto of a bill that would have ended the ban on Pitbulls in the city.

Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, introduced with a pit bull rescue pup ay of the governor’s mansion Sunday night, posting the photo on Twitter with the caption: “Freda, a friend of the new pit bull rescue pup, joined us at the Governor’s mansion in Denver tonight (sssh).”


The photo caused a lot of excitement, as with other social media thought that the Polis was sending a subliminal message to mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, decided only a few days earlier, not to an end of the decades-long ban on pit-bull owners in the city, which resulted in the death of a 3-year-old child, was mauled in 1989.

“Wow!!” Hancock in response to the photo.

Polis replied with a GIF of Scooby-Doo, the cartoon dog, and said: “Ruh Roh.”

Hancock said Friday in a statement defending his first veto since taking office that he “support with a good conscience,” a regulation that would allow the owner to register a pit bull, despite the requirements for them, micro-chip and spay or neuter their dogs-because it breeds the “real danger, leading to serious injuries, as a result of attacks from this particular dog, especially if you are just a child.”

He continued, “If we make this change, and to damage someone as a result, we have done a disservice to the people in this great city.”

After the eyebrow-raising tweets, the Governor’s office said in a statement that a friend of the family of the Polis had just the pit bull as a puppy and brought it into the governor’s mansion to play with his children, the puppies also love, and the photo was not intended to step on the mayor’s decision.


“Unfortunately, what was meant as a light-hearted post came at a sensitive time,” the statement continued.

Polis, a usual ally of Hancock, said on Monday, “Even if he did not perhaps agree with every local government decision-making, the mayor and Council of the city, what do you think are the best thing for Denver.”

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