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Voting on Pits in Florida's Miami-Dade County

Updated on August 16, 2012
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We are seeing more and more people speak out against breed specific legislature while at the same time seeing more backlash against them. Advocate groups such as Dogsbite.org and Families and Dogs Against Dangerous Breeds want people to believe that the risk isn't worth the reward when it comes to owning dogs. However, what they fail to mention is that regardless of the breed, if you own a dog and have kids in the home you are putting your children at risk of being bitten and having serious damage done. They only like to point out the problems they see when the dog is an American Pit Bull Terrier or a similar breed.

These groups today are gearing up to attack Miami-Dade County in Florida if the people vote to remove breed specific laws from the books. Their debate is one that has long been used by other groups to condemn other breeds throughout history. With the change in the targeted breed we also see how technology has been fueling their campaigns. Facebook and Twitter along with personal and community blogs have been seeing an increase in the bullying tactics of these groups especially as local governments move to vote on new laws coming in or old laws being removed.

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For the last 23 years Miami-Dade, Florida has had a law on the books that bans its residents from owning Pit Bulls and Pit Bull "type" dogs. Today, things may change. In a vote by the county commissioners, the decision has been left up to the people whether or not to keep the current law. If issue 500 receives enough yes votes tonight then Miami-Dade County will make Florida a Breed Specific Legislature Free state.

The backlash, if issue 500 passes, will not come lightly and will be seen as early as tomorrow morning. Advocate and activist groups against Pit Bulls have a history of speaking out against governments and supports of Pit Bulls rather quickly. After a recent Maryland decision we were seeing the blogs, Facebook pages and even news outlets being flooded by angry people, many of which don't even reside in the area in question. Miami-Dade County should be prepared if they do receive enough votes to remove the law.

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      Votes are in and the ban stays in place. Sad to see so many good dogs never even get a chance to have a happy, healthy home.

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      With the polls closed in Florida it is still up in the air as far as if the ban on Pit Bulls will stay in place or be lifted. However, earlier today The Miami Harold did say the almost 70% of absentee ballots did vote to keep the current ban in place. Numbers from the polling locations should be rolling in any time now. We may have an answer soon!

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      I have one hub on dog bite statistics and the trouble with them is that most dog bites aren't reported. The ones that are reported are by hospitals that treat bites, and we all know that not all bites cause damage or require medical treatment. The CDC and the American Medical Veterinary Association both state that it is impossible to determine if an entire breed is vicious or dangerous based on bite statistics. That is the main reason why it angers me when they try to use the bite statistics against Pit Bulls. The two governing agencies/organizations that could point fingers at specific breeds doesn't so what gives these anti-pit bull groups the right to do it?

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I wonder what effect banning Pit Bulls for all that time has had on the dog bite statistics. They are really a popular breed here in northern California and I doubt our statistics are worse than average. They are generally good dogs. I hope the ban is lifted.

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      I have a long list of Facebook pages, blogs and websites that I have now been banned from. But yes, the Pit Bull lovers seen to out weigh the haters in numbers but the groups out there that are against Pit Bulls are using bullying tactics and guilt to gain more support and to try and flip the tables. They are claiming that the risk of having Pit Bulls is not worth it. The risk that goes along with Pit Bulls is no different then the risks they take every day driving their cars or taking a shower. It has gotten out of control and Colleen Lynn is a big part of the problem. Now she has another former Seattle, Washington resident following in her foot steps.. Ellen Taft, she isn't making as big of waves as Lynn but she sure is trying to.

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I am one of those crazy Pitty lovers who is working against BSLs. I work everyday with pit advocates on facebook and from what I have been able to tell is that there are more Pit people than haters. That is just my opinion although the haters are doing a strong campaign. I have actually been banned as well as many of my fellow pitties, from the dogsbite fb page. I really hope the ban is lifted in Miami today.

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