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Florida pit bulls may get a 2nd chance

Residents of Miami/Dade County will be voting on whether to overturn the 23-year ban against keeping or owning pit bulls

The question on the August 14 ballot will ask voters, “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?”

Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife, Jamie — who moved their family from Chicago to Broward County rather than Miami-Dade because they own an American Staffordshire terrier, a type of pit bull — have supported lifting the ban.

Now, Gary Stein from the Florida Sun Sentinel thinks pit bull owners should have to carry extra insurance to own a dog.

“One million bucks in insurance is a good starting point. More is even better.

You love your pit bull? Great. Prove it with your wallet.”

Gary Stein can be reached at gstein@sunsentinel.com.

Vote in the poll on his page:  Should pit bull owners have to carry one million dollars in insurance?


what do you think?  should the ban be repealed and should pit bull owners be forced to carry million dollar insurance for their dogs?

Please share with Florida voters and pit bull owners.

there are no incidents to date of a spayed/neutered indoor family pit bull ever having killed anyone.

…[S]ince 1975, dogs belonging to more than 30 breeds have been responsible for fatal attacks on people, including Dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, and a Labrador Retriever.” (It’s also key to point out that you are more likely to be killed by lightening than a dog, and dog bites are at historic lows.)


Recently, the state of Ohio became the fiftieth and final state in America to overturn breed specific legislation.

what about gun owners? Should all gun owners carry insurance?

Florida is on the TOP 20 list for deadliest state for gun deaths…


oh but then the NRA would be UP IN ARMS… and in Florida, George Zimmerman is free and pit bulls are dangerous.  ALL pit bull owners should be made to pay because of irresponsible owners? Do all parents have to pay because of abusive and irresponsible parents?

It is estimated that for every Pit Bull who kills, there are 10.5 MILLION that DON’T!

Owner Management & Control of Dogs

Owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowingly supervise interaction between children and dogs.

Reproductive Status of Dog –

Owners failing to spay or neuter animals not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.

In 2006, 97% of the fatal attacks were the result of one or more of these reckless or criminal ownership practices.
National Canine Research Council


and here are some troubled teens working with pit bulls, win win situation, let’s hear more stories like this. Got any stories?  Let us know, thanks.


A change making approach to dog issues from our friends at BadRap, don’t discriminate or punish, support and PREVENTION  (get those dogs spayed/neutered and educate the owners, train the dogs)… simple, creative solutions WORK (darned, I know some people prefer to punish others than resolve situations)…


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local paper froths at pit bulls

my major pet peeves with pit bulls are:

1. they are bed hogs. has anyone ever written instructions on how to untangle yourself and get out of bed while a pit bull is snuggling on your belly or how to turn over while your dog is cuddling close into you?

2. they slobber all over you… I did not need that french kiss this morning nor the kisses all over my hands, legs and feet. Cici thinks if she kisses me enough I will get up but see the previous pet peeve for why that is not easy for me.

3. they want to kiss and say hello (wag wag wag) to everyone in the neighborhood.

dangerous dogs attacking…waa waa waa… BOL

It just gets tiresome, the same old blah blah blah in the news…

Pit bulls are once again blamed for people’s ignorance, fear and hysteria… the article is pretty balanced but most people won’t read anything but the scary headline…


Pit bull attacks common, animal control officers say

Three incidents in one day in Salinas…
oh my god… better run for the hills…

my response:

pit bull bans are being repealed across the USA and world…


No more pit bull discrimination in Ohio…

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed on the dotted line, making Ohio House Bill 14an official law. HB 14 is a piece of legislation that will create a new and more refined system for defining a dog as potentially dangerous, removing the American Pit Bull Terrier and other “Bully breeds” from the list of automatically “vicious” dogs.


Michigan and Ontario Canada are in the works, too…


Millions of innocent dogs are abused, banned and killed every year because of the way they look, and the heinous discrimination against them.   And the headline in your article feeds into the hysteria, stereotypes and fear. The cruelty visited upon these dogs is caused by irresponsible owners, dog fighters, and unfair stereotypes.

I live in Seaside, am a freelance writer/editor and personally rescued a Dalmatian/pit bull mix a few years ago. For the most part, my neighbors and people love her. But a few strangers fear her for NO reason. She is NOT aggressive and has been attacked by other dogs on several occasions.  Her typical response is to lie down on her back and show her belly (a sign of submission).Yet at times people have the nerve to come up to me and tell me that she is scary. Really?

One time in Border’s, one lady was afraid of my dog (for no reason, we were just walking around the store) and other people started reacting. The fear just spread throughout the store. Suddenly, this man brought his gorgeous 5-year-old blonde haired, blue eyed daughter over and let her pet Cici. Cici licked the girl’s face and wagged her tail. The whole scene changed instantly. I had tears in my eyes I was so grateful and thankful for this angel. Cici loves kids and is so gentle with them. Everyone could see that immediately and the potentially scary situation ended.

Many people have never met a pit bull and could not pick one out of a lineup such as this…


Pit bulls were bred to be FRIENDLY to people and known as Nanny Dogs for 150 years… and pit bull is not a breed but a bunch of breeds…

No other dogs exemplify the BEST of the breeds known as pit bulls as the former Michael Vick dogs… Eight of these dogs, who were portrayed as the meanest, most vicious dogs of all time, have become therapy dogs. Many have been adopted into loving homes and are living with other dogs, cats, and children. Three of them in Monterey county (one died).


Some of the tale was told in the Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant. And thousands of people follow the dogs and their owners daily trials and tribulations on Facebook.

Several of the dogs have made appearances on national TV (Rachael Ray, for one) but mostly the news is filled with hate and fear perpetrated against innocent dogs.

When do news reports tell about how the dogs have been treated by cruel, irresponsible and abusive humans? There is a known high correlation by law enforcement that people that abuse animals also abuse people including children. Yet animal abusers often receive slaps on the wrist instead of jail time and significant fines.

Whenever I read about any of the former Vick dogs what they went through, and I personally met the three dogs here in Monterey, it makes me ill.

For the first few months Cherry slept with his eyes open, a lot of the Vicktory dogs were shut down and trembled with fear/terror, could not eat properly, were terrified of strangers and new situations, Mel cannot bark to this day and many of the dogs were extremely skittish and wanted to find some place to hide. Handsome Dan used to pace and walk in circles because he was so terrified of the world. Even trying to get him to go on a walk would send him running. Oscar was absolutely terrified of people when he first came to Best Friends Sanctuary in 2008 (Note: 22 of the 51 dogs seized from Bad Newz Kennels went to Best Friends, 12 others went to BadRap, three to Monterey SPCA, 3 to Our Pack in SLO and the rest of the dogs were dispersed around the country). When he first showed up at Best Friends from the estate of Michael Vick, Cherry was shut down emotionally, especially when it came to being around people. For Cherry, meeting new people is still not always easy.


Handsome Dan

pit bull owners…

America’s bark off


Please make a difference and tell THE WHOLE STORY.

Thank you.

hurray BAMBA…bring your pit bull to a walk in Salinas, this Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. It starts at Star Market on Main Street and will end at the National Steinbeck Center.


Pit bull defenders say the breed is no more dangerous than any other big dog and they want to dispel myths construed by police and the media with their Sunday march.


visit facebook.com/SundaySociaBull



some of this info is correct,some not, the Michael Vick dogs, eight are therapy dogs and many are living in homes… more than 50% ….



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pit bull bans going bye bye

No more pit bull discrimination in Ohio…

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed on the dotted line, making Ohio House Bill 14an official law. HB 14 is a piece of legislation that will create a new and more refined system for defining a dog as potentially dangerous, removing the American Pit Bull Terrier and other “Bully breeds” from the list of automatically “vicious” dogs.


Michigan and Ontario Canada are in the works, too…



‎”Ontario is now one step closer to repealing this egregious law; just this week the state of Ohio became the fiftieth and final state in America to overturn breed specific legislation. While BSL was a common perceived solution to the media hysteria surrounding dog attacks around the world, jurisdiction after jurisdiction have repealed this legislation because studies showed it was an ineffective solution.”

Miami-Dade is next


Florida pit bull friends… This morning House Bill 997, which would repeal the breed ban in Miami-Dade County, passed out of the State Affairs Committee! There’s still a long way to go, but this is a tremendous leap forward.NEXT STEP: The Florida Senate Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations will hear their version of the bill (SB 1322) on February 28, so please email the following legislators and politely ask them to support it: bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov
By: BSL News: What You Can Do to Fight Bully Breedism

Miami-Dade County is the only county in the entire state permitted to engage in canine profiling. Florida state legislators Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman are leading an effort, with the help of Best Friends Animal Society, to right this injustice and to repeal the portion of the Florida statute that allows Miami-Dade to kill dogs simply because of their appearance.

No other county in Florida is allowed such unmitigated power over people’s pets. It is time that Miamians again enjoy the same right that citizens in Florida’s 66 other counties have.

Despite being over 20 years old, Miami’s canine profiling still causes the needless, senseless and unjustified confiscation and killing of hundreds of innocent dogs every year, proving that breed discrimination does not make communities safer, and is impossible to enforce. It’s also a waste of tax dollars. Nowhere else in Florida can certain breeds of dogs be summarily killed simply because of their appearance.

It is time to put an end, once and for all, to canine discrimination in Florida and make the Sunshine State a model of humane public policy.


We opened Mariah’s Promise as a refuge to take these family pets. Puppies and dogs were abandoned in parks and on the streets of Denver. There were posters placed around Denver to contact Mariah’s Promise. One thing that came to our attention was that people would have friends call because they thought we were a sting operation to locate pit bull dogs in Denver and turn them in. How sad!

Neighbors turned neighbors in, and friends turned against friends. People watched as dogs were carried to animal control trucks. Children cried and screamed as their dogs were being carried off. It was frightening.

When people tried to fight back, law enforcement was called in or had accompanied animal control. If people refused to surrender their dog, animal control would step aside, and law enforcement would step up to offer to arrest them, take them downtown and charge them with harboring a pit bull – a charge that imposed a $999 citation. And animal control would get the dog anyway. Sigh…

As an example of the media slant, in June 2005, CNN sent a film crew out. They spent seven hours filming. The film crew was excited and thrilled to watch the dogs run and play in the yard or laze in the house. They went into each kennel and filmed the dogs. The result: In a five-minute segment, they used about 45 seconds of the film of dogs at Mariah’s Promise playing. In the rest they preferred to use pictures of dogs fighting, the scarred faces of children, dogs terrified in shelters, etc.


New Mexico and New Orleans now have pit bull pioneer Tia Marie Torres and her crew at VillaLobos on their side rescuing dogs and people


The amazing Vicktory dogs keep on trucking earning their homes and therapy dog stripes/certificates…


Pit bulls rescuing other dogs and people


What Every Dog Deserves……From A Dog’s View

Here in this house… I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs ‘out there’. I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed. I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll eat. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat. I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness, and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose. My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house… There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don’t understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many. My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house… I will never be a substitute for anything I am not. I will never be used to improve peoples’ images of themselves. I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea of who I should be. I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.

Here in this house… I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch…knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me. If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value.

I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.

Here in this house… I will belong. I will be home.

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