Monday, February 25, 2013

Broward County proposed ban on "pit bulls"

Broward County, FL proposing ban on “pit bulls”
Barbara Sharief, the Vice Mayor of the Broward County Commission, introduced on February 21, 2013 a motion to make it illegal to “own and keep” American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, or any dog that may “conform” to a pit bull breed in Broward County, Florida.  The motion seeks approval from the state to pursue a breed specific ordinance – an action that is prohibited by Florida state law.   The state law was passed not long after Miami/Dade enacted its ban on pit bulls, and Miami/Dade, as well as a handful of other cities with breed specific laws, were grandfathered in by the state law, but from that point on, cities could not pass ordinances that discriminated against breeds.
Vice Mayor Sharief claims Broward County has a “pit bull issue,” and that animal centers have reported more than 270 incidents of roaming pit bulls in Broward County since 2011. The motion alleges that the action will hopefully ameliorate “on-going incidents involving pit bulls and other dangerous dogs.”
Contrary to the actual wording of the motion (included below), Sharief claims Broward County doesn’t want to make owning pit bulls a criminal offense, but they want to fine people into compliance. Begging the question, what do they expect people to comply with if its not a breed ban?
Sharief said she recognizes the combustible nature of the issue, and acknowledges the county will get backlash for this move, but claims there is more support for the move than against.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Broward County Commissioners, item # 52, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>

Commissioner Barbara Sharief
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 410
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-357-7008
Fax: 954-357-5704
No direct e-mail available for Sharief, but
her aide is Torey Alston:
Commissioner: Martin David Kiar
Phone: 954-357-7001
Fax: 954-357-7295

Commissioner: Kristin Jacobs
Commissioner: Stacy Ritter
Phone: 954-357-7003
Fax: 954-357-7319

Commissioner: Chip LaMarca
Phone: 954-357-7004
Fax: 954-357-7798
Commissioner: Lois Wexler
FAX: 357-7044

Commissioner: Sue Gunzburger
Telephone: 954-357-7006
Commissioner: Tim Ryan
Phone: 954-357-7007
Fax: 954-357-8088

Commissioner Dale Holness
Phone: 954-357-7009
Fax: 954-357-5707

1 comment:

  1. what breed will be next? if there were 270 incidents of roaming pitbulls last year, how many other breeds roamed? do they even keep track ifs not a pitbull.
    I have shar peis, some think they "look" like ancient china thye were bred as guard dogs for the emperor..whose to say that someone might "think"my dog is a pit or "could" be dangerous? This is just terrible and must be squashed!!!