Monday, March 24, 2008
Report on breed ban legislation
First Coast News reports on the proposed legislation in the Florida house that would allow local governments to enact breed-specific bans for certain types of dogs. While not mentioning them by name, House Bill 101 is aimed at allowing pit bull-bans and would repeal an 18 year-old state law that prohibits local governments from passing regulations that target specific breeds of dogs. Currently, Miami Dade is the only county in Florida to ban pit bulls, having passed its local ordinance before the state law was passed. The article captures some of the controversy behind the legislation by first describing two recent attacks by pit bulls and then countering with arguments from individuals and groups opposed to the legislation. The article specifically notes opposition being offered through a new blog at the Florida Doberman Pinscher Rescue Ring.