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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Miami’s Pit bull Ban Takes a Hit



Breed specific legislation against pit bulls took another much deserved hit last week when a Dade County court ruled that Miami’s pit bull ban is too vague to be used as grounds for euthanizing animals.

The county ban applied to all dogs that “substantially conform” to American Kennel Club standards for American Staffordshire Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or United Kennel Club standards for American Pit Bull Terriers.

To determine if a dog conformed to the standards, the animal control department used a chart that lists 15 body parts, such as head, neck, lips, chest, eyes, tail and hind legs. Officers check off which characteristics of a dog conform to a pit bull. If three or more characteristics are checked, the dog is declared a pit bull.

The court ruling came in a case challenging the finding by Miami-Dade County Animal Control that a family pet named Apollo was a “pit bull” that must be removed from the county or euthanized.

Rima Bardawil, the attorney for Apollo, pointed out that the ordinance makes no mention of any chart or checklist, and that it is not clear what standards animal control is using in making its determinations or how valid they are.

Dahlia Canes, executive director of Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, testified that animal control is “constantly” misidentifying the breeds of dogs. She told the court about one dog that was declared by an animal control officer to be a pit bull mix and ordered euthanized. Canes arranged to have the dog re-evaluated and he was determined to be a mastiff mix. The dog was then adopted to a family in Miami-Dade County.

In the case of Apollo, the animal control officer photographed the dog from several feet away, then used the photo to pick three body parts he said he thought conformed to pit bull standards.

It makes one wonder — how many of the dogs described by police, and characterized in headlines, as pit bulls really are of the breeds that fall under that catch-all term?

Posted by jwoestendiek March 30th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: american pit bull terriers, american staffordshire terrier, animal control, apollo, ban, bans, breed-specific, characteristics, checklist, conform, dade county, dogs, florida, laws, legislation, miami, pit bull, staffordshire bull terrier, standards

2 comments:

She Seeketh Wool and Flax said...

Is this saying that Miami puts dowon all put bulls, that have 3 of the traits of a pit bull? If so, this in just NOT right. How many other states are going to do this!!! I can't imagine having to put down our pit bulls, they are loving and have never hurt anyone or anything. Our dogs never go outside with out a leash on and we put them in their pen to go to the bathroom. People wouldn't like seeing a pit bull running around.
What do you think of all of this.
Oh I am so upset by this law
Cheryl

Briar Rabbit Primitives said...

Cheryl...here is a link to an excellent forum for Responsible Pit bull Owners... http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewforum.php?f=17&sid=65be2f1827aeea1693d408d89aef3a40 ...I have been a member for several years. If you join, you have to go into the introduction phase & be welcomed before being allowed access to the rest of the site. As for the BSL in Miami, it has been in place for a long time. Denver is another city w/ a long standing & Violent Ban on Bully Breeds. Hundreds of nice dogs were taken from their owners & PTS there....SAD. People fear what they don't understand.

Uncle Sam & Rocket Dog Pull Toy

Uncle Sam & Rocket Dog Pull Toy
This is one of my all time favorite pieces. I used my APBT Phil as the model for Rocket Dog.

~*Rebecca's Thyme Primitives*~

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Reece & Polly Dog out for a stroll

Reece & Polly Dog out for a stroll
Apollo has been to obedience school. Can't say the same for Mr. Reece...LOL!

Did I mention I have a Grand-Kitty too?

Did I mention I have a Grand-Kitty too?
Reece gives Mr Kittlesworth a hug....

Wyatt gets luv from Phil

Wyatt gets luv from Phil