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Crossposted from BSL workshop:

PLEASE Cross post to any dog people in Florida that might be able to
go to this meeting... No matter what breed they have... we need bodies
to stand up for each other.
Please stress to all dog owners how very important this meeting is.
We need a lot of warm bodies there.So call all your friends and
relatives to show up. If this resolution goes to state don't think it
will just be pit bulls or Rotts they will hit any breed that they
consider dangerous in their minds. Diane

As you know, the Coral Springs City Commission passed a resolution
10 days ago to push the Florida State Representatives to introduce and
pass a bill that would reverse the current state statute that prevents
any city or county from banning a specific breed of dog.
This is, no doubt, a hasty knee-jerk reaction to the Coral Springs
woman recently killed by her own Presa Canario.

Here is the current state statute:

Section 767.14 Additional local restrictions authorized.- -Nothing
in this
act shall limit any local government from placing further restrictions or
additional requirements on owners of dangerous dogs or developing
and criteria for the implementation of this act, provided that no such
regulation is specific to breed and that the provisions of this act
are not
lessened by such additional regulations or requirements. This section
not apply to any local ordinance adopted prior to October 1, 1990.
History.--s. 5, ch. 90-180.

Members of the commission have expressed a desire to ban certain
breeds and
certain "mixed breeds".

I met with the Mayor yesterday and he stated that their decision is not a
100% done deal but he is inclined to go along with the direction his staff
is advising him to go. He said that the City Attorney unequivocally
expressed that there are indeed at least three breeds that are "known
to be
vicious". He also said that yesterday's meeting was the first time that he
heard anyone express the anti-Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) views my
friend and I expressed.

He stated that he would welcome any articles from dog experts that can
support the position that inherently vicious breeds do not exist. I
feel it
may also be helpful to point out that BSL in general does not work.

Please help by attending the Coral Springs City Commission meeting this
Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm. Please bring friends who oppose BSL.
We want
a large impressive turnout.


City of Coral Springs
9551 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Angry dog lovers put the bite on Coral Springs for backing breed bans

By Sallie James
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted October 4 2006

CORAL SPRINGS · Angry dog lovers flocked to City Hall on Tuesday to urge commissioners to reconsider a request for state legislation that would allow cities to ban specific breeds of dogs.

Saying the measure is unfair and penalizes responsible dog owners, about 20 canine advocates asked commissioners to rescind the Sept. 19 resolution. Commissioners instead agreed to place the item on the Oct. 17 commission agenda for reconsideration. At that time, the commission can amend, revise, revoke or reinstate the resolution, said City Attorney Sam Goren.

The resolution asks the Broward County Legislative Delegation to support a law that would give Broward cities the power to outlaw certain breeds.

"It's ludicrous," said Coral Springs resident T. Dante DeAngelis, a dog owner. "To pass a resolution like this without even so much as a hearing and asking for experts is a disservice not only to the residents of Coral Springs, but to the residents of Florida."

Mayor Scott J. Brook said the proposal can still be changed but declined further action because Vice Mayor Roy Gold and Commissioner Ted Mena were absent. Commissioner Vincent Boccard defended the resolution.

"I am asking for the ability to at least have state legislation in the event we decide to pass an ordinance banning specific breeds. It doesn't mean we are going to," Boccard said. "My goal is, No. 1, to protect citizens. I want to be able to register the dogs and we would have the power to ban them."

Brook suggested the city appoint a task force to look into the issue.

Commissioners unanimously passed the resolution just weeks after a Presa Canario, an exotic breed of guard dog, fatally mauled a Coral Springs mother while she bathed the animal in her backyard. A ban also drew support from state Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs.

The state has its own dangerous dog law, but it is not breed specific and it prevents cities from developing dangerous dog regulations specific to a breed. Legislators would have to change the law to allow breed bans.

The American Kennel Club opposes such legislation, as do many dog owners, who insist bad dogs are the product of irresponsible owners and not indicative of all members of any particular breed.

"I am glad we are getting feedback," Brook said on Tuesday. "If we wound up getting information that conflicts with the initial information we had, I think there's a chance we could rescind that resolution."

The only existing breed ban is in Miami-Dade County, which outlawed pit bulls in 1989, pre-dating the state's ban on breed-specific prohibitions. Dog owners caught with a pit bull are issued $510 citations and given 48 hours to get rid of it, according to Miami Dade County's Animal Services Department. If the owner fails to get rid of the dog, the county issues a court order to remove it.

From Nov. 29, 2004, to the present, there have been 1,123 pit bull complaints in Miami-Dade. The outcome of all the complaints was not immediately available.

Alan Davis, director of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division, said his agency handled 8,355 unwanted dogs last year, some of them vicious. He doesn't support any sort of breed ban.

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Coral Springs backs off

City Hall was FULL, standing place ONLY.

Coral Springs backs off on effort to ban some dog breeds

[email protected] d.com

It was a victory for Coral Springs dog lovers.
City commissioners last night rescinded a resolution intended to help the city outlaw certain breeds of dogs, Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 reported.

The original measure was passed last month, after an exotic guard dog, a presa canario, mauled its owner to death in the woman's backyard. The measure asked for state legislation that would allow cities to ban particular canine breeds.

But the resolution never garnered widespread support from the Coral Springs community -- especially dog lovers. Some questioned why the decision was made without public debate, CBS reported.

So on Tuesday, city commissioners unanimously repealed the action, saying they will now work with dog owners to protect the community from unruly canines. A task force will soon address safety concerns, according to CBS.
Florida does have dangerous dog laws, but they prohibit the wholesale banning of a specific breed.

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