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Florida Might Allow Breed-Specific Restrictions
Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010, 5:47 p.m., EST

Florida Bill to Allow Breed-Specific Restrictions

Florida would start to allow legal restrictions on specific breeds of dogs under a bill that seeks to change existing law. Senate Bill 1276, sponsored by Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, would allow “any local government [to place] further restrictions or additional requirements on owners of dangerous dogs.”

In addition, the bill calls for the development of procedures and criteria for the implementation of this act, as long as no such regulation bans ownership of any breed.

Current law states that localities are not allowed to adopt ordinances restricting dogs based on their breed. With a 9-2 vote from the Senate Community Affairs Committee, SB 1276 now faces Agriculture, Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations. If passed, this act takes effect July 1, 2010. <HOME>

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We are considering retiring in Florida. We have two dogs. One is a mixed Lab/Dobby and one is a mixed Boxer/Pitty. These dogs have been with us for years. They have no behavior problems. We would put up with problems. They are properly trained. After reading that there could be some pet resrictions in Florida, this would make us second guess our retirement plans. Please inform me if there are resrictions now or if there are any planned in the future. Thank you!
Joe, Birdsboro, PA
Posted: 3/17/2013 11:32:08 AM
If everyone would pay attention to the breed, not the things they hear and do their homework.PEDIGREE NAMED THE PITBULL THE SAFEST LOVEABLE DOG W/CHILDREN NXT TO THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER!!!We dont like it when the human race does this to each other .Lets stop doing this to animals.When a child misbehaves do we ban them to we teach them.If a child/adult has a behavioral problem we study to learn about it.Lets all do the same with the Breeds!!!
RoseAnn, parkland, FL
Posted: 4/14/2012 3:16:43 PM
I just want to say that we breed and raise American Bullies and I don't think they should be able to pass any kind of law or restrictions or bans just because of it being a pit bull or some other animal that seems viscious. I one used to be scared of these types of dogs, but I got introduced to them a couple of years ago and I wouldn't own any other dog. The bullies that we raise are around kids and have the best tempermant. I love these dogs and it's all on how you raise them. Sorry but even a chihauhua can be viscious. It's true though. If we allow them to ban our dogs, yours might be next...
Tanya, Duncan, SC
Posted: 9/25/2010 12:19:29 PM
The state of Florida HAS allowed breed specific legislation, PREVIOUS to HB 543, regardless of the fact that ... "Current law states that localities are not allowed to adopt ordinances restricting dogs based on their breed."
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Joan, Crawfordville, FL
Posted: 4/17/2010 5:25:23 AM
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