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Pit Bull Ban Stands in Miami

By Vetstreet Aug 15, 2012 2:40PM

Voters in Florida’s Miami-Dade County decided to keep a controversial 23-year-old ban on pit bulls. Repeal advocates say that they won’t give up their fight to lift the ban, despite the fact that 63 percent of voters were in favor of keeping it. “The fight does not end here,’’ said Debi Day, an activist with No Kill Nation. “We will not let the pit bulls and their owners be forever victim to this discriminatory law.’’ — Read the full story at the Miami Herald.

New pit bulls have not been allowed to live in Florida’s Miami-Dade county since 1989, when a ban against the breed took effect following some tragic attacks. Breed advocates, who see the law as discrimination, asked voters to overturn it. That includes Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, whose dog, Slater, has become the face of the movement. After Buehrle signed with the Marlins, the family had to find a home outside of Miami-Dade in order to keep Slater.

Photo: AP/Jamie Buehrle with her pit bull, Slater

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May 1, 2013 1:55PM
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Pit bulls have killed to many other pets and have viciously attacked and killed children. I am surprised that any one can say this breed is lovable and kind. Its heart is as evil as any demon from hell. All this breed does is wait for the right time to kill, then it is like a serial killer, it just keeps killing. Please all states step up and remove this breed from society for our safety and happiness
May 1, 2013 1:51PM
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I wish all states would ban this breed and any mix of pit bull. These dogs are deadly and vicious not only to other animals but people as well. Not having pit bulls in our world would make the world a much happier and safer place for dogs and cats and people.
Aug 22, 2012 1:13PM
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We Love our Pit!  She is the sweetest dog that we have ever owned.  She has passed her AKC Good Citizen training and we hope to have her certified as a therapy dog in the near future.  Bottom line; any breed can be dangerous!! Personally, I've felt more threatened (and have witnessed more bites) by numerous ankle biters (small lap dog breeds).
Aug 16, 2012 5:49PM
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MOST DECORATED DOG TO EVER LIVE. And it is a PIT BULL. The only dog to ever be promoted to SERGEANT through combat and saving countless lives.

http://riffenberg.wo​rdpress.com/2010/09/​26/the-most-decorate​d-dog-in-history-wou​ld-not-be-allowed-on​-military-bases-toda​y/

PIT BULL SAVES 11 PEOPLE!!!!

http://yesbiscuit.bl​ogspot.com/2009/02/p​itbull-hero-helps-sa​ve-11-people.html
Aug 16, 2012 5:47PM
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Check these facts of the "vicious" pit bulls saving peoples lives. There are LOTS more if you actually look. They are excellent dogs! And these stories prove it. Now what do you have to say? I just posted 10 times the proof you did. But keep spreading your stupidity. And ignore the facts. I have actual proof, unlike you. Get an education and stop spreading ignorant prejudice.

( http://bslnews.org/p​it-bull-heroes-hall-​of-fame/ )
( http://www.facebook.​com/pages/Pit-Bulls-​Save-Lives/180888431​923190 )
( http://www.thedogfil​es.com/2011/02/03/st​ray-pit-bull-saves-w​oman-child-from-atta​cker/ )
( http://www.wmctv.com​/story/19232486/pit-​bulls-defy-stereotyp​es-by-saving-lives )
( http://gma.yahoo.com​/blogs/abc-blogs/res​cued-pit-bull-saves-​owners-life-20481820​5--abc-news-topstori​es.html )
( http://www.huffingto​npost.com/2011/10/25​/pit-bull-saves-woma​n-brain-aneurysm-_n_​1030966.html )
( http://www.neatorama​.com/2009/04/20/hero​ic-pit-bulls/ )
( http://newyork.cbslo​cal.com/2012/04/04/p​it-bull-shot-in-the-​head-trying-to-prote​ct-owner-but-miracul​ously-survives/ )
( http://www.youtube.c​om/watch?v=KO-o3X51a​IQ )
Aug 16, 2012 5:30PM
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I hate to post this but, facts are facts.  I still believe it is in how the dogs are raised by owner and how much interaction the owner has with the pet.  Over a twenty year study, 66 deaths are the fault of Pitts, 39 are Rottweiler, 17 are German Shephard, 15 are Husky Breeds, 12 are Malamute, 9 are Doberman, 8 are Chows, 7 are Great Dane, 7 are Saint Bernard, 4 are Akita, 4 are Lab Mixes, 2 are Bulldog, 2 are Mastif, 2 are Boxer,  and 1 death each for the following dogs, Labrador, Bullmastif, Chesapeake Bay Ret., West Highland Terr., Japanese Hunting Dog, New Foundland, Sheepdog, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Cocker Spaniel.  58% of the deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their own property, 24% were unrestrained dog off of their property, 17% were restrained dogs on their own property, and around 1% involved restrained dogs off of their property.
Aug 16, 2012 5:30PM
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I have three pit bulls - all females - I have owned so many different breeds of dogs, and by far, these are the best. They are loving, smart and sweet dogs. My daughters love them, my grandson plays with them and they have NEVER lashed out at anyone. it is the owners that need to be taught how to raise dogs not dog breeds!  I recently moved from S. Florida to N. Ga. I would never give up my dog for a county... that is like giving up your child for a man!
Aug 16, 2012 4:58PM
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Those that don't own a Pit have no reason to post ......It's the position of the Owner that negates the position of the Breed .....Chopper is the most Loving & gentle breed of dogs this writer has known ....

having owned a Doberman for 16 years ,,,,a Wolf Hybred for 15 years & a Dachound for 10 years..

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