Pit bull owners gathered at the Broward Governmental Center Tuesday morning to hold a rally against a proposal that would keep some breeds out of the county.
"It scares the death out of me, my dogs have done nothing wrong," said protester Whitney Buckwald, who owns two pit bulls. "To blame a few bad apples for what is the majority is insane, it's just not right."
Buckwald and other protesters gathered outside the center ahead of Tuesday's county commission meeting where commissioners are expected to discuss the proposal that would make it illegal to own and keep American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers or any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these “pit bull” breed characteristics.
Under the legislation, current owners could keep their pit bulls, but would face fines for housing extra ones. Owners who fail to register or vaccinate their dogs could face a $300 fine. Those caught training a dog to fight could receive a $500 fine.
State law doesn't allow counties to enact breed-specific legislation but Miami-Dade has a pit bull prohibition from 1989 that predates that law...(click pic to watch video)