Repealing the Pit Bull Ban in Miami


As many readers, family and friends know, I am completely against BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) that bans “Pit Bull Dogs” in my community, Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade is the only county in Florida that bans Pit Bulls; an archaic law put in place over 20 years ago (1990). According to Section 5-17.1 in Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances, a Pit Bull Dog is any dog that “substantially conforms to the standards established by the American Kennel Club” for the following breeds: American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers or any other dog that displays characteristics of these breeds. Yep, even if your dog has a shred of resemblance to one of these breeds, they can be confiscated and euthanized. To learn more about BSL in Miami, click here to read one of my previous posts.

Recently, the ridiculousness of this law came into light when Mark Buehrle, the new Miami Marlins pitcher, moved to Miami. Despite his gigantic Miami welcome, Mark’s Pit Bull rescue, Slater, was not allowed in Miami because of the Pit Bull ban. He and his wife Jaime are big animal rescue advocates and have three Vizslas and a Pit Bull (I think they should meet Scarlett!). Not willing to give Slater up, the Buehrle’s moved to the next community, Broward County, where there is no Pit Bull ban. Fortunately, they were able to move; many families here do not have that option.

Mark’s wife, Jaime Buehrle, started a petition on Change.org to repeal the Pit Bull ban. The petition currently has over 11,000 signatures and caught the attention of the Florida Senate and the Florida House.

If passed, HB 997 and SB 1322 will repeal the ban of “Pit Bull Dogs” in Miami-Dade County. Both bills passed in the House and Senate subcommittees last week. Now, both bills will be heard by their respective committees on February 7th. HB 997 will be heard by the Community & Military Affairs Subcommittee; SB 1322 will be heard by the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee.

I’ve been busy writing lawmakers to urge them to support these bills. A wonderful website, StopBSL.com, has great resources including links to the bills, email addresses of lawmakers, and the current status of each bill. Click here to see this informative post, get involved and learn more about HB 997 and SB 1322.

This law is very important to me and so many other pet lovers in Miami-Dade County. Each year, thousands Pit Bulls are confiscated and euthanized for no fault other than conforming to a breed. Some are aggressive but many are family dogs, like Slater Buehrle, who are wrongly and unfairly labeled as “dangerous”. Furthermore, there is proof BSL does nothing to reduce dog attacks, dangerous dogs or even the number of Pit Bulls living in the city limits.

HB 997 and SB 1322 are both expected to pass but Pit Bulls have not won yet. Please consider writing the lawmakers or pledging your support to ensure the end of Pit Bull discrimination in Miami-Dade! Do it for the thousands of innocent Pits. Do it for me. Do it For the Love of Dogs!

*UPDATE: Miami-Dade Commissioners voted 3-1 to put the issue to a public vote. On Aug. 14th, MDC voters will decide: should the Pit Bull ban be repealed? Residents of Dade, get registered to vote and start informing your communities RIGHT NOW! By ending the longstanding Pit Bull ban, MDC taxpayers will save $3 MILLION A YEAR!!!! 

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13 responses to “Repealing the Pit Bull Ban in Miami

  1. Here in the Netherlands they also do this to Pit Bulls and some alikes. I think it’s very cruel and short-sightedness.

  2. It is very sad and so discriminatory! I am hoping with all my heart that this Pit Bull ban is repealed and Pits are allowed to live happily in Miami! No matter the place, bans like this are not the solution! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  3. Stupid government is always writing stupid laws.

  4. Pit bulls are the best pets!!

    I really hope it passes because i would be heart broken if they take away my pit 😦 i love him sooo much and he hasn’t hurt a fly

  5. Couldn’t have been said any better! Check out my blog that’s dedicated to pit bulls! 🙂 Thanks and keep up the great posts!

    • Thanks! By the way, both bills passed yesterday and will now be considered by a final set of committees. If those committees vote in favor, the Pit Bull ban will be no more!

      We look forward to checking out your blog— we love, love, love Pitties 🙂

  6. Pingback: Repealing Miami’s Pit Bull Ban: Voters Will Decide | For The Love of My Dogs

  7. I pray they keep the ban.

  8. We adore our Pit ~ Lucy, she is kind, loving, intelligent most incrediable pet & we will fight & vote to repeal ban on All Pitbulls in Miami…….”FOR THE LOVE OF MY DOGS”! *****SO VOTE “YES” ON AUGUST 14th”****

    • We are right there with ya!!! Please share your passion about this issues with as many people in our community as possible! We must do all we can to end this in Miami once and for all!

  9. Some people are unreal .. pitbulls are not all bad depends on the owner n the way they are taught .. i have one her name is misty .. she is just beautiful n loves everyone even other dogs .. and she loves my grandson who is 10 mths old misty is always licking him n letting him pet her she comes to his carriage n places her head their for my grandson to love her .. ur making this like a race thing people .. all pitbulls are not bad ..

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