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.
According to the City of Hollywood’s spokesman Jamie Hernandez, residents expressed concern about pit bull ownership in the city limits at a recent commissioners meeting. Mr. Hernandez acknowledged that state law trumps city ordinances, and Hollywood can’t move on any breed ownership issue unless it first gets Tallahassee’s permission.
Enter Broward County.
Before Hollywood moves on anything, the city will wait to see happens with Broward County’s request for permission to enact BSL.
Mr. Hernandez asays the Hollywood City Commission hasn’t proposed any bills that would ban pit bulls in the city limits, but in the event the city successfully lobbied the state for the ability to enact such legislation, that “may” change. It appears, however, the likelihood of the pursuit of a breed specific ordinance is extremely high as their proposal to the State says the following:
Changing statutes would allow municipalities to enact their own ordinance that treats specific breeds of dogs (particularly pit bull terriers or their derivations which have previously shown a predisposition towards aggressive behavior) differently from other breeds
Recently publicized events involving attacks on people by these or similar types of dogs have prompted the need to address this public safety concern more effectively.”
The results of the Broward County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, February 26 should be of incredible concern to all Florida dog owners. Please take a moment before Tuesday to write or call the Broward County Commissioners and ask them to vote NO on the motion Vice-Mayor Sharief will be presenting, which is item #52 on the County Commissioner’s agenda.
You do not have to live in Broward County to send your polite and respectful opposition to the county officials.
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