Proposed Law Would Permit Local Ban on Pit Bulls
According to an article published in the Florida Today Newspaper (03/19/2008) House Bill 101 would reverse an eighteen-year-old prohibition on breed specific local regulations on dogs. Apparently, legislators from Broward and Palm Beach Counties would like to ban dangerous dogs-specifically Pit Bulls or at least keep them away from public places. According to the article, Pit Bulls and Bit Bull mixes account for almost one third of all reported dog bites in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Currently, Miami-Dade is the only county with a ban on Pit Bulls. Apparently, this local legislative ban was grand fathered in because it was passed a year before the state law that prohibited breed specific bans. Apparently, statistics show that in 2007 there were four hundred and forty reported incidents in which Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes bit people in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Oddly enough, however, animal control officials do not support a ban on specific breeds because they claim it would be difficult to enforce and unfair to the dogs that are not a threat.