"Shall the ordinance repealing the County's 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?" On August 14th 2012, by a vote of 63% to 37% Miami Dade County voters said no.
Many stories claim to be the reason behind the pit bull-ban in Miami-Dade County. One dating back to February of 1989 is the case of Pilar Garcia and her daughter, Melissa Moreira.. 8-year-old Melissa was attacked by a pit bull when she exited her mother’s car and headed towards her West Kendall home in South Florida. The child underwent eight reconstructive surgeries on her face. Shortly thereafter, it was illegal in Miami-Dade County to own or keep American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these breeds' characteristics.
Approximately 1800 pit bulls have been euthanized over the past three years by Miami-Dade Animal Services.
According to MiamiDade.gov, there is a $500 fine for acquiring or keeping a pit bull dog and court action to force the removal of the animal from Miami-Dade County. Owners of dogs brought in for evaluation and identified as pit bulls will not receive a citation. However, they will be required to remove the dog from Miami-Dade County.
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