Miami-Dade's Pit Bull Ban is Heading to the Ballot in August

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It's official: the decision about whether or not to overturn Miami-Dade County's controversial 23-year-old ban on pit bulls will be decided by voters in August. County commissioners voted 11-1 to last night to put the referendum on the August 14 ballot.

State legislators in Tallahassee were prepared to draft a bill earlier this year that would have outlawed the ban, but county commissioners didn't like the idea of the state meddling in local ordinances. So, they promised to hold a referendum on the matter.

The bill was passed in 1989 after an 8-year-old girl was mauled and disfigured by an unruly pit bull. A year later the State passed a law forbidding breed specific laws, but Miami-Dade's ordinance was grandfathered in an allowed to stand. Problem is, the bill never really had clear language defining exactly what a pit bull is, and thousands of dogs that even vaguely resemble pit bulls have been euthanized over the past two decades. Groups like the Humane Society to the American Veterinary Medical Association have come out against it.

"Shall the ordinance repealing the county's 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?" reads the ordinance that will be put before voters in August.

The vote will be held the same day of the first (and potentially only) round of voting in the county Mayoral election, and the day that Republican chose their candidate for Senate.

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majickgirl7
majickgirl7

I've always owned either full bred or pit mixes. I currently have two and they are the best dogs imaginable. Our 2yr old male mix is my 5yr old son's best friend and our 5yr old female mix is his guardian when he sleeps at night. Banning the dogs won't do anything but drive the criminals who abuse them further underground and punish those of us who are responsible and love our dogs.

Val
Val

I just adopted 2 girls sisters. theyre the sweatest. Ive been around several pitts in my life and not one has been aggresive, it all depends on the situation theyre in,.. However no one shpuld just target pittbulls as the worst breed out there, plenty of other breeds of dog are dangeeous, and if you remember pitts have been abused for many years, targeted and used for fighting, I will be one to vote for yes!!!. And im confident people agree. Have a nice day..

Debbie Dorenbush
Debbie Dorenbush

You cannot blame a dog for its behavior. Socializing and proper training in the hands of an owner who is diligent and kind will yield a gentle, kind, loving pet. Bad owners are responsible for bad dogs whether they be Pit Bulls, or poodles. Also you have to realize that dogs, like people have good and bad days. For instance, the other day I was in a pet supply store and was approached by a Yorkie who seemed to be friendly but ended up getting bitten by the dog. It turned out that he had just been neutered and was a bit cranky because of it. Each case is different and each circumstance is different. BSL takes the responsibility off of the owner and puts it on to someone/something that can not speak up for itself. It is the equivalent of racial profiling. We should not blame a whole race of being, be it person, or animal solely based on the actions of one such individual.

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Misinformed retards in this county ? http://sacredsiamese.com/news/the-holocaust-at-miami-dade-animal-services 83 dogs out of 20,000+ animals, yeah right, there is a breed specific agenda at work here ? Could it be that there are some pet owners that can barely take care of themselves and shouldn't be allowed to have gold fish, much more a dog ? Address the real issues before we start mindlessly passing or in this case revoking laws that actually make sense ? Anyone care to speculate or research how many pitbulls were shot by police officers during a drug raid ? How many have attacked a more harmless smaller breed of dog ? Owning a pit bull is like having an alligator or a shark in your swimming pool and then because one didn't get attacked that day declaring them safe as pets. Get attacked and become the victim just once and you'll become like the mothers against drunk drivers crusade. Just me, but if you don't have a salvage yard to guard and chain the animals within, why would you need a pit bull ? http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/07/forget_lennox_in_belfast_83_su.php

EMS
EMS

I'm perfectly happy with the ban...

BlueNosePit
BlueNosePit

By voting NO then your judging all PITBULLS, which they are not all the same.  It comes from The Owners you said it yourself, it is not the dogs fault, if owners are not responsible.  You seeI I have a pitbull and unfortunately I live in Dade_County which it is alegal to keep a PITBULL.  My BULL-Nose PIT is loving and loyal.  He comes in contact with children on a daily basis.  I even have 3 daughters of my own.  He comes in contact with all types of dogs .  He also lives inside with 2 teacup yorkies, which he loves and protects them.  Unfortunately you have had a bad experience, but as I mentioned not all Owners or PITBULLS are the same.  I took in this PITBULL about a 1 1/2  yrs ago, he is 3 years old today.. I was afraid at first since I have never owned a PITBULL and always have heard about their bad reputation thanks to the MEDIA. But i have overcome my fear, I love my best friend BLUE and he loves me too.  Come August 14 I willVOTE YES to lift this banned on PITBULLS, and I urge every PITBULL lover out their to Please VOTE YES. 

Erika Lynn Kane
Erika Lynn Kane

pit bulls, much like children, are products of their environment. if you teach a dog violence, thats all it will know. Pit bulls get a bad rep for being "dangerous". They aren't. They are strong dogs. They are also very loving and affectionate. My pit bull is a beautiful, energetic, loving, loyal dog, who would protect me with her life. DONT BLAME THE PIT BULLS, BLAME THE OWNERS!

Charyl
Charyl

No animal is born aggressive, they are made that way by human beings. That is the plain truth.

zkank
zkank

The relationship between dogs and the earliest homo sapiens is the same as today: Protection, hunting, and companionship. All current breeds of dogs still give us one or more of these desirable traits.

Pit bulls are NOT DOGS. They are unique animals bred to kill each other, or other animals without meaningful purpose. Just, kill.You may have a "friendly" Pit Bull, but genetically it's just a killing animal. Not a dog.

Stefanie Vega001
Stefanie Vega001

Did u ever think maybe macho or the dog just doesn't like you??? Shit half the ppl here don't like you for your stupid ass comment. N I don't know bout Mr machos dog but my dogs know when I don't like someone

Roncarmona6
Roncarmona6

I would like a tyrannosaurus rex for a pet....oh wait, I have to live in a world with other people.

Negrag
Negrag

I hope the residents of Miami take this opportunity to get this ridiculous law out of here! It has been in effect for 23yrs & during that time thousand of innocent dogs have lost their life's some by no fault of their own. Others have been unfortunate enough to have irresponsible owners & they end up paying the ultimate price DEATH! It's sad what the media & evil people have done to this amazing breed! If people would take the time to educate themselves & spend 10 minutes with a pitbull they would see for themselves what great dogs they are. Once an all American Hero is now americas worst enemy!

$3 BILLION to Marlins?
$3 BILLION to Marlins?

Why didn't the Miami-Dade County Commissioners and the recalled idiot Mayor Carlos Alvarez let the voters vote on if they wanted to give $3 BILLION of their tax dollars to the Canadian owned Marlins?

Jules
Jules

I love animals and dogs lead the list! A few weeks back i was walking my dog same way to walk him daily. There is a pit bull that is fenced we walk past daily and he seemed normal enough.  But one day as we past the fence the same calm dog broke out of the fence i heard something coming at us and it was the pit. It attacked my dog and took 2 bites before i could pick my dog up. luckily for us it went back to its home. I alerted the owner of what his dog did, And he was sorry and he assured me he would correct the structure so it will not happen again. Today walking by the home for the first time in weeks with my dog in hand i noticed the fenced was not fixed and most of it was pushed out making easy for this pit to attack again. My point is this, The dogs are dangerous and unpredictable as i found out from experience. And then you put owners that are not responsible enough to guard against attacks to humans and other animals and your asking for more deaths and law suits. I did not call animal control on that day as did not want the animal to be put down/killed. But tomorrow i will make a phone call animal control and see what happens. I will not let a human let alone an animal to dictate were i walk my pet as long as i follow the law. And this pit and it's owner are doing just that. Dogs bite humans everyday but pits can do a lot of damage. I will vote no when this bill comes out.

Valentinapalom
Valentinapalom

The problem are not the Pit Bulls, but the dog owners. They believe that because they like dogs, we should all like them. They have no respect for other people who just don't like animals, they want to be respected but when are asked to leash their dogs or hold them while you pass by, they get offended. I will vote against repealing the law, as long as we have irresponsible dog owners ALL dogs should be banned from walking on the streets plus the owners should get ticketed every time a dog goes out unleashed. 

Aj
Aj

I have owned all types of dogs. Bull dogs, Labs, and even Chow Chow's. The friendliest and most loyal of them all is my current Blue Pit. With proper love and care Pit Bulls are absolutely the best all around dogs to own IMO. Cant wait for this stupid ban to be over so I can take her out to the parks to play, and walk her on the street during the day like a normal dog!  Momo you mean your neighbor has a dog that growls at strangers and doesnt get along with other dogs at first? What a Monster!! 

momo
momo

There is one in my building, the owner claims it is a staffordshire terrier, and it is a complete monster.  Growls at people and tries to bite the other dogs, including mine.  Guess what the owner looks like . . . times up . . . a macho looking spaniard who only wears black wife beaters . . .

Only certain types of guys feel the need to get these dogs because they think it makes them more macho.  I do not want to hear from all the advocates that it is the owner and not the dog, these dogs are predisposed to attacking people and other dogs unprovoked.

Lets hear some retaliation, come on . . .

majickgirl7
majickgirl7

Because they are wonderful dogs. Any dog is capable of turning on it's owner. And the larger the dog the worse the problem. I've owned pit my entire life and the only breed I've ever had an issue with is Labs. I've been attacked by 5 labs/lab mixes, all of whom were either problem dogs from bad breeders or owned by people who shouldn't, as you put it, own a goldfish, much less anything else. Pits were bred to be protective of humans, and it's the unregistered breeders who are breeding for fights that are the problem. Aggression towards humans was bred OUT of pits. But thanks to idiots and criminals intentionally breeding for aggression, which is nixed by registered breeders, and then starving and beating the dogs to make them aggressive we have a problem. Also, I would like to know how many of the dogs that have been shot were beaten by large men with guns? Any dog who has been taught to fear a human is going to defend itself against a human, especially when that human is displaying aggressive postures, which police officers by the nature of their jobs must do. Don't blame the dogs for the situations that humans have placed them in. And as for your comment about being attacked and then joining in like MAAD moms, I love labs, for your information, and recognize that individual dogs DO NOT represent the breed, just like their irresponsible owners do not represent all pet owners.

majickgirl7
majickgirl7

No, that would be you for not learning about the breed. Check your history. Pits used to be the nation's heroes, are the symbol of the Marines, and used to be the nation's baby sitter. Other breeds have also been through this. Including Labs, Rotties, and German Sheperds. I would also like to point out that a dog as small as a Pomeranian can cause havoc when they aren't properly trained.

majickgirl7
majickgirl7

No, they were not bred to kill each other. They were originally bred out of terriers and Mastiffs which were hunting dogs. Pits are guard dogs, not murder machines. Obviously you have never met one, or you would know better. They were bred to protect people, and generally don't have issues with other dogs as long as, just like any other dog, they are socialized to be near other dogs. Out of all the dog's I've met in my life, I've known 1 aggressive pit, and he was OLD and grumpy due to age and arthritis. I have known 5 aggressive labs/lab mixes. I have had a pit that I just met crawl in my lap and fall asleep, peacefully napping while I was speaking to her owners and petting her brother. I have been slobbered on by pits, and had one as large as me try to jump in my arms for attention. Based on my actual interactions I should hate labs. I don't, because I have also met labs who were wonderful. It's how they are raised.

inkseven
inkseven

with all do respect fuck you for saying pits aint dogs....... i wish a cop would judge u a murderer and say ur not human so ull be killed in the chair.... thats what happens to pits daily because of people like u...... i am a proud advocate of freedom of speech but that kind of blatant blind judgement is what has the world in the fucked up predicament its in ..... u should be banned from this site for such a rediculouse comment u cant possibly live in the land of the free and enslave the poor dog before even knowing his name

spydermannus
spydermannus

last i checked pit bulls were dogs. god south florida is so uneducated

Queenbinki
Queenbinki

So if pits aren't dogs are they cats? Horses? Aliens from the planet Melmac? Also do you have a PhD in genetics to back up your bull shit? Your ignorance makes me sad and please don't ever breed your self you will only breed ignorance.

Spydermannus
Spydermannus

 no, they're dogs - pretty sure about that.  not sure about you, south Florida trash maybe?

Shannon Thompson
Shannon Thompson

Oh and your statement that pit bull type dogs are "NOT DOGS"...uh, do you have any scientific data to back the ridiculous statment up?  I mean...really?

Shannon Thompson
Shannon Thompson

If you truly beleive it is all genetics, then you must also support the fact that when these dogs were bred to fight OTHER ANIMALS, the breeders were also selectively breeding NON-HUMAN agression into this breed.  Breeders who used their dogs for fighting would cull an animal (and usually destroy it) if it showed any aggession towards a human...most importanly, while in the fighting ring.  No breeder would want to be in the ring with two dogs trying to tear each other apart and get bit themselves...so as self preservation they attempted to make the dog as unaggressive to humans as they could.  This is why they really don't make good guard dogs.

Pit Bull type dogs actually have ALL of the traights you mentioned in your post, protection (though they tend to be bad at it, because again, they generally love humans), hunting and companionship.  They are also used for agility contests, frisbee catching, and many many other animal sports.  They are used a drug sniffing dogs, therapy dogs, and perform a multidute of other jobs.  However, if these dogs are the unpredictable (or predictable) killers you think they are, why do the experts such as dog behavioralists, veterinarians, dog trainers and even pit bull owners love this breed?

It seems so riduculous that people still make uneducated BS comments like yours with all the accurate information out there provided by EXPERTS.  You obviousy have access to the internet....try downloading a small book called "The Pit Bull Placebo".  It is free and will start you on the right track...and arm you with ACCURATE information.

Spydermannus
Spydermannus

thats funny, but comparing dogs to dinosaurs is a bit stupid no?

inkseven
inkseven

jules pleasee understand that if this dog were a rotwiler the same thing would happen or if it were a doberman or a german shepard big dogs naturally attack other dogs it is unfortunate that this predicament your in involves a pitbull and the truth is it is not the dogs fault but the owners fault for allowing this dog turn to what it is..... i cannot convince you to change ur mind on the vote but i willo tell u this i love animals with a passion, i just got a job and am truely in no position to spend money or even get anything that is not absolutely necessary but as we speak i have three dogs a full grown boxer of 4 years that destroys my home when i not here a mixed small german shepard and a fully grown 2 year pit bull that has been abused its whole life and is riddled with ticks.... i still took him in and am doing everything in my power to take care of him and nurse him to health hes a great dog just terrified of humans doors and food and the fact is that if i cant take care of him the only other option is to put him to sleep so i put all my stuff on hold and try to save his life....u should bring ur dog to him and ull learn the other side of pit bulls because my mixed pup and him get along amazingly actually the only dog that gives me problems is the boxer..... of caorse ticks not included.....im just asking that is u dont vote yes then at least dont vote no.... these dogs will die because of that one pick :(

 

Spydermannus
Spydermannus

any dog can escape a fence and attack a small dog - not one specific type of dog

Pittyfullme
Pittyfullme

Pit Bull "type" dogs have a somewhat stronger chance of attacking another animal (dogs obviously included), however, this dog on dog aggression in no way transfers to human aggression.  Even reading your post, it was evident the pit bull was usually calm and unexcited when you walked by, but when he did get out of his yard, it is noteworthy to point out he only attacked your dog.  The fact you only had to pick up your dog to keep the pit bull from harming him anygurhter is a testimony to the breed.  Any dog (pit bull or other) who TRULY wanted to kill your dog, would have continued to attacke even biting you to get at the dog.

The attack on your dog IS very unfortunate, but again, when you stated the OWNER had promised to correct the issue...and he did not...just confirms the fact, it is the owner who is truly the problem and not the dog.

Dogs (any dog...not just pit bull types) that are left alone in their yard, not exercised or socialized tend to show more aggression.  You, as a responsible dog guardian walk your dog and take wonderful care of this family member (as I do with my 3 dogs).  This owner however, may not be a "bad owner", but he is probably not doing the minimum of what every owner should do...exercising his dog daily.

Pit bull types can cause more damage say than a chihuaha, however, their bit is no stronger than any other type large breed.  Should all breeds larger than 25 pounds be banned because of the POSSIBLE damage they could cause IF they were to attack?  No.  Besides, there are plenty of confirmed stories of the families' cocker spaniel, pomeranian etc, who have not only mauled but actually killed children.  Is it the dogs fault? No.  It is the owners responsibility to be sure their dog is never in a position to bite and should be educated enough on dog behavior (reading the signs...body language) to know when their dog has had enough and needs to be removed from the situation.

It is obvious to me you have not truly looked at accurate dog bite information an are only going by media hype and your personal experience with this one owner and his dog. (which I must say again, the dog obviously was not too serious about getting to your dog) and this is not fair to all other perfectly happy, wonderful, well socialized pit bull type dogs.

I would like to suggest you read "Pit Bull Plecebo"...it is not about the pit bull but about all dogs breeds that have been banned or condemed through out history.  It will give you a better insight to why people are the problem and not the animal.

Negrag
Negrag

You said it yourself "dogs bite humans everyday" but unfortunately the ONLY ones you hear about are the pit bull bites but German shepherds, Rotties, chow chows, dobermans they ALL BITE & can cause the same amount of damage! It's because of people like you & like this irresponsible owner that thousands of pit bulls are being killed every year due to this stupid law! It's been in

Lessiel_r1
Lessiel_r1

SO TRUE!!! PIT BULLS ARE THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD AND I PERSONALY  HAVE ONE, HIS NAME IS SMOKEY AND HE IS SOOO LOVING, CARING, SMART, AND VERY GOOD WITH KIDS AND OTHER DOGS AND MY CHILD LOVES HIM .. ITS NOT THAT THEY ARE MEAN IT IS THE WAY YOUR RAISE THEM AND MOST PEOPLE TRAIN THEM TO BE MEAN AND BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY STRONG THEY CAN CAUSE CRITICAL DAMAGE BUT IVE SEEN SMALL DOGS THAT ARE VERY MEAN... DONT BLAME THE DOGS ... BLAME THE OWNERS... 

majickgirl7
majickgirl7

Were this law for ALL breeds I could agree, because you are right. But it isn't fair to target one breed when it's the owners. Push for a law against owners, not the dogs.

Negrag
Negrag

The only problem with that is that they are ONLY targeting pit bulls & not "all" dogs! At the end the pit bull pays the ultimate price because he will be taken to the shelter & KILLED due to no fault of its own because he landed in the hands of an irresponsible owner & the owner will be walking free where he'll be able to just go buy another pit bull & the story will repeat itself! It's not the dogs fault.

majickgirl7
majickgirl7

Staffordshire terriers ARE a pit breed. American Staffordshire terriers are one of the few recognized breeds of pit. Though I will agree with you that it is owners who want to look macho that have the more aggressive dogs, And it's because said types of owners MAKE the dog like that. Neither of mine is aggressive. One even sleeps with a stuffed animal at night.

Lucky
Lucky

Momo weighs a buck 0 5. He's pissed that at that weight he can't even walk one.

Queenbinki
Queenbinki

I have a five year old pit who is a shelter rescue.. She loves all people, kids, and other dogs. She is so gentle with little dogs and puppies. Our neighbor has a large standard poodle who constantly tries to attack my dog. The owner stands by and does nothing cus he is a moron. I don't like the poodle but I don't blame it I blame his owner. And by the way of the many times I have been bite bydogs its been chihuahuas and pomeranians. But I still love those breeds. You can't judge a whole breed for a few misdeeds. That's called racism my dear

Spydermannus
Spydermannus

 cause you have one guy that lives in your building with a ill tempered dog you feel this qualifies as a overall generalization of the breed?  Tell us what you look like, and then we'll make a generalization about you.  Pot bulls are excellent with people.  Unless they have been trained to fight or have been abused, they are great with people.  Other dogs maybe not - but the issue is people like you fear they attack people, so get eduacated.

practice kindness
practice kindness

Hey momo,You are a FOOL!  There is no such thing.  If you are describing the owner the way you are, the dog must be in a very unfortunate situation.  There are a lot more statistics showing dogs of this breed that have been rescued, saved and retrained that are now used as Therapy Dogs.  Spreading your fear due to bad owners is continuing a horrible cycle.  I agree that an agressive dog is scary but it IS THE OWNER not the dog.

Redtailed
Redtailed

Great Danes where used by the Romans  as war dogs.They were bred to kill humans.So they are geneticly predisposed to killing people. That is, if your logic worksAnd if this was true we should euthanize all the kids or grand kids of a convicted killer.THAT'S NUTS

hochimon
hochimon

yeah its the dog's fault that it wasn't socialized at a young age to humans and other dogs right? you're an idiot.

Negrag
Negrag

Momo, educate yourself on the breed before you judge ALL pitbulls by the actions of one untrained dog! ALL dogs can attack & bite anyone not just pits just like ALL HUMANS can kill, rape, murder, assault & rob people but not all humans are the same! So let's not judge every dog or human for the actions of one misbehaved one! I want to know what kind of dog YOU have that is not predisposed to bite, bark, growl & attack other dogs & humans?!? Let's get one thing clear, there are no bad dogs only BAD OWNERS! Humans are the most vicious animals walking this earth!

PITLOVER4LIFE
PITLOVER4LIFE

YOU MUST HAVE AN ANKLE BITER HAHAHAHAHAYOU SORRY BITCH

Speakabreaka
Speakabreaka

You obviously don't know anything about pit bulls, so before you go talking shit, educate yourself. I have a 10yr old pit and she does nothing but love children and adults and she has never attacked another dog

GIGGLZ_ANA24
GIGGLZ_ANA24

MOMO YOU HAVE NONO SAY IN THIS JUST UPSET THAT OUR PITT CAN EAT UR LIL DOGGY!!! LOLFOR UR INFO I HAVE HAD MY PITT FOR OVER 4 YEARS NOW AND IS SO LOYAL. VERY FRIENDLY WITH PEOPLE,KIDS AND OTHER ANIMALS. YET LIKE AN ANIMAL IT DOES PROTECT ITS TERRITORY. WHAT IS WRONG WITH DAT? NOTHING!!! SO Y DONT U TRAIN UR LIL OL CHIHUAHUA TO ACT LIKE IT HAS BALLS ,AND PROTECT YOU. IF NOT U SHOUOD REALLY LOOK INTO GETTING A PITTBULL, IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE ALOT LESS AGRESSIVE.OH AND BTW , IM ALL WOMAN!!!!!

Jane Morrow
Jane Morrow

Pit bulls, like all other dogs, are not naturally human aggressive.  Pit bulls, like all other dogs, can be trained to be aggressive.  Pit bulls average an 86.8% passing rate with the American Temperament Testing Society, while Golden Retrievers, for example, received an 85.2%.  All animals can respond aggressively if they feel threatened, have been trained to, or have other problems.

KayJay
KayJay

 I did not buy a pit bull to make myself look macho...I have the best 8 year old pit bull who loves my son and protects my house...

Way to stereotype against pit bull owners...

guest
guest

PITLOVER4LIFE, Please keep your ignorant coments to yourself. YOU are not helping our cause. Way to "represent" responsible Pit Bull owbnership. Listen to yourself.

majickgirl7
majickgirl7

YOU are part of the problem. Thanks for furthering the stereotypes about pit owners.

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