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Broward County, Hollywood, FL Alert!

Postby heather » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:00 pm

All eyes on Broward County…especially the city officials in Hollywood, FL

Posted on February 23, 2013 |
In the wake of Broward County’s announcement on Thursday, February 21 of their intent to file a motion seeking permission from the state to enact an ordinance that would allow them to pass a law targeting “pit bulls,” no one noticed that Hollywood, Florida is waiting in the wings and ready to follow Broward’s footsteps.

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Re: Broward County, Hollywood, FL Alert!

Postby heather » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Please send your polite and respectful opposition to Sharief's motion before the meeting on Tuesday. All contact information can be found in the blog link below. ... pit-bulls/

Broward's Sharief wants pit bulls banned here

February 22, 2013|By Brittany Wallman, By Brittany Wallman
Pit bull lovers and haters, your county government is doing something you might find important. Tuesday, commissioners will discuss whether it's time to get pit bulls out of Broward County.

Broward County doesn't have the power to ban pit bulls, but Commissioner Barbara Sharief hopes her colleagues will pass a motion asking the state Legislature to allow it.

Only Miami-Dade of the 67 counties is allowed to ban pit bulls. Their ban was just reaffirmed by voters in November.

The state Legislature says breed-specific bans are not allowed. Miami-Dade was grandfathered in.

Now comes Broward asking to join Miami-Dade in having that ability. And by the way, the city of Hollywood wants to do it, too, according to their Legislative wish list this year.

The County Commission meets Tuesdays at 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, in the Broward County Governmental Center on the northwest corner of Andrews and Southwest Second Street. The commission chambers is on the fourth floor.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Sharief's item is number 52 on the agenda, but it's impossible to know what time that'll come up.

Here's the wording:

MOTION TO APPROVE addition to the state legislative program making it illegal to own and keep American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers or any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these “pit bull” breed characteristics; support addition to the state legislative program imposing a state fine for acquiring or keeping these specific animals.

B. MOTION TO DIRECT County Attorney’s office to draft an amendment to the Broward County Animal Care & Regulation Ordinance (Chapter 4); revising and expanding “fighting dogs” definitions to include teaching a dog to fight; imposing a fine of $500 for “teaching” a dog to fight; adjusting the fine for “fighting dogs” from a sliding scale to a standard $500 per occurrence; adjusting the fine for non-vaccinated dogs from a sliding scale to a standard $300 per occurrence; adjusting the fine for non-licensed dogs from a sliding scale to a standard $300 per occurrence. (Vice Mayor Sharief) ... -bans-dogs

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Re: Broward County, Hollywood, FL Alert!

Postby Curly_07 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:25 am

Broward County Commissioners have rescinded!!!

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Re: Broward County, Hollywood, FL Alert!

Postby heather » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:59 am

GREAT NEWS! I agree!

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Outcry over proposed pit bull ban leads Broward commissioner to withdraw proposal

By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel
6:29 PM EST, February 26, 2013
Pit bull lovers came out in force Tuesday to oppose a county commissioner's effort to get the breed banned in Broward.

They rallied in front of the Governmental Center, holding signs saying "Don't Bully Pitbulls" and "Don't Kill My Best Friend."

They sent emails by the hundreds.

They took their message to the skies, hiring a plane to fly around Broward with a banner opposing the ban.

After hearing dozens make emotional pleas against a ban, County Commissioner Barbara Sharief agreed to withdraw her proposal and work with experts to help keep neighborhoods safe from all dangerous dogs.

Another item brought forward by Sharief — a law imposing a $500 fine for teaching a dog to fight — will come back at a later date for a vote. Commissioners also agreed to vote later on a plan to fine owners $300 for not getting their dogs vaccinated or licensed.

One woman fought tears while talking about the pit bull that "stole her heart." Another man said the breed has helped him get over the trauma of being sexually abused as a child. "You can't take that way from me," he said.

Hollywood resident Randa Kunde was one of the few to speak in favor of a ban, telling the commission her husband was bitten by a neighborhood pit bull two years ago while trying to protect the couple's terrier.

"It only takes one child to have their face bit and they're scarred for life," Kunde said.

Florida law forbids cities and counties from banning specific dog breeds.

Sharief initially said she wanted the state to allow each city and county to decide if they wanted to ban American pit bull terriers, American Staffordfshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers. Sharief said she was concerned about "unprovoked" pit bull attacks on people and other dogs, many of which go unreported.

Marni Bellavia, who works for the Humane Society of Broward testing the temperament of dogs put up for adoption, spoke against the ban.

"Any dog can bite," she said. "It doesn't matter what the breed is. We are against discriminating against any one breed. At the end of the day, it's discrimination any way you slice it."

Diane Rattner, a Fort Lauderdale resident who owns a pit bull named Yogi, warned a ban would lead to the unnecessary death of countless dogs.

"My dog can't speak, but I can," she said. "My dog's not a fighter, but I am. My dog can't vote, but I can."

Miami-Dade County banned the breed in 1989 before the state prohibited the practice of banning specific breeds.

"This is not Dade County and we don't want to become Dade County," said Don Anthony, spokesman for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.

"It's the owner who creates the problem and who should suffer the consequences," he said. or 954-356-4554 ... 2428.story

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