TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – It looks like Miami-Dade County’s ban on pit bulls will continue to be the law after an attempt to repeal it in the Florida legislature fell one vote shy, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The bill, HB 997, is stuck in a budgetary subcommittee and while it’s not completely dead yet, with the legislature looking to end their session on March 9, it needs major help to survive.

New Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle had been supporting the bill and had even taped two public-service announcements for the bill, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Since Miami-Dade has the ban on pit bulls, Buehrle said his family would not be living in Miami, despite playing for the Marlins.

  1. Debbie Bell says:

    I love dogs and I love pit bulls, so that is why I am against lifting the ban. Last year several hundred pits died in the pounds of Miami Dade. Lift the ban and soon it will many 10,000’s as it is in many other large cities.

    Support pit bulls, let them gradually become extinct. They are frequently acquired for reasons other than companionship and suffer disproportionately from horrendous abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, young death (euthanasia and otherwise).

    We cannot build shelters or find homes for pits as fast as pits will be bred; we cannot adopt our way out of killing pit bulls.

    Even if no human was ever injured, dismembered or killed by a pit bull, why continue breeding a dog that was specifically created to attack for no reason,, attack without trying to avoid a confrontation or attempting to first drive the invader away, attack without stopping, even if the other dog is down or submits. In order to create a good fighting dog, normal dog behavior skills were reduced or removed.

    If it is illegal for me to suddenly rush up to your dog, shoot holes into his body, slice off chunks of flesh, crush bones, not stop attacking, why is it legal to breed, sell and promote dogs that were created to all these same things?

    Let them gradually become extinct thru free, mandatory enforced spay/neuter microchipping of all pits/pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. If a boxer mix (wink) is “misidentified, no problem, she gets a free spay. No good pit bull owner is punished, as his dogs are spays/neuters.

    Now watch, the pit pushers will say, “you can’t tell a pit bull by appearance.” But wait a moment and they will say what a wonderful their pit bull is. How can they tell their dog, or all those dogs at the pit bull awareness parade, are pit bulls then? Pit bull promoters are FULL of misleading verbiage and semantics, all designed to take the attention off this tragically handicapped breed.