Stop the Pit Bull Ban In Broward County!

25 February, 2013 0 Comments
Broward Residents, Ms. Barbara Sharief is trying to enforce a ban on pit bulls in our county. It’s up to YOU the advocates for the breed to make your voice heard. Let her know how you feel. Share your positive stories with her, awareness and advocacy is the only way we can help sway the vote.
Below is her contact information:
  • Ms. Barbara Sharief
  • Broward County Governmental Center
  • 115 S. Andrews Ave, Room 410
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • bsharief@broward.org

Here is a copy of the letter I sent, along with a copy of American Dog’s winter edition which features “100 tales of pit bull heros”.

Dear Ms. Sharief,
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time out to read my letter. I’m sure you’ve received thousands of outcries of pit bull owners who are upset, scared and outraged about the ban you’re proposing. My email is one of information, awareness and hopefully enlightenment.

I am a 34 year old, married, working professional. I am a homeowner, taxpayer VOTER and a 30 year Broward resident. I’ve lived in Deerfield Beach my entire life. I work here, my family also lives here, and this is my home. My husband is a Broward County School teacher. And we are both proud pit bull advocates. Our four dogs are not just pets; they are members of our family.  I feel very strongly about breed advocacy, I spent a lot of time with the breed and have seen firsthand the misunderstanding and discrimination by simply mentioning their name. I run a social media website that specializing in finding homes for abandoned and neglected dogs. I use my own personal funds to place ads for these dogs on Facebook. This is a subject that is very, very near and dear to my heart.

There is a famous speech that was given over 40 years ago by Martin Luther King.  He had a dream that one day his children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. It’s very sad that 40 years later we are still discriminating against others by what they look like and not who they are inside. My dream is that my pit bull rescue and best friend will not be judged by the type of breed she is, but by the content of her character and temperament. Please do not discriminate against an entire breed of animals based on the actions of careless owners. There has to be another way. Banning an entire breed of dogs based on a few acts of aggression is not the answer. ANY breed of dog that’s raised in an aggressive environment will attack or bite a human. This characteristic is not specific to pit bulls. Whether you ban the breed or not, the thugs and dog fighters that create the depiction you have in your mind of the dangerous pit bull will only continue to do what they do, illegally. There has to be another way.

Possible Options:

  • Temperament tests by ALL large breed dogs considered dangerous, not just pit bulls
  • Mandatory home visits by animal control to gauge the living conditions the dog is raised in
  • Proof of paperwork showing the dog is up to date on all vaccinations and is considered calm and friendly by a properly trained veterinarian or dog specialist

When I heard about the ban you are trying to enforce, it broke my heart. I’m not an illegal breeder, dog fighter or thug. I’m just a girl who loves pit bulls. Not owning or adopt another pit bull while living in Broward County is just not an option for me. You may not be a dog lover, but to those that are, it’s like telling them they can no longer have their children. If this ban goes through rest assured there are thousands like me, who happen to be THE MAJORITY, that will move out of Broward County.  I know you are proposing this ban in your mind as a safety measure, but I have to ask, how much do you really know about the pit bull? Are you proposing this based on what you’ve read in the media, or have you actually done the research on the breed?

The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) is a national not-for-profit organization for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs. Every year they take a sample of each dog populating and test their temperament and rank them against other breeds.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the breeds ranked, starting with the breed representing the lowest score.

  • Canaan Dog- 50%
  • Bearded Collie – 54%
  • Scottish Terrier – 63%
  • Basenji – 67%
  • Dachshund – 67%
  • Chihuahua – 68%
  • Standard Schnauzer – 70%
  • Bloodhound – 73%
  • Akita – 76%
  • Bichon Frise- 77%
  • Doberman Pinscher -79%
  • Great Dane – 80%
  • Italian Greyhound – 80%
  • Weimaraner – 80%
  • Collie – 81%
  • American Eskimo – 81%
  • Cocker Spaniel -82%
  • Dalmatian -83%

So, curious where the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier rank?

  •  American Pit Bull Terrier – 87% 
  • American Staffordshire Terrier – 84% 

 

Yes. That’s higher and better behaved then all the dogs listed on the list above. I didn’t make this up. To read the entire ATTS dog breed statistic report, visit: http://atts.org/breed-statistics/ . Are you also petitioning for a ban on Cocker Spaniels and Dalmatians?

I get it. You know what you see in the media. Well, the media doesn’t report everything, as I’m sure you are aware. Below are just a few of the stories that were published online, but never fully publicized by the media. I’m hoping you’ll at least take the time to read a portion of the stories featured below that share the softer side of the breed you label as dangerous.

STORIES OF PIT BULL HEROS. These are links; please click on them to read the stories:

 

I’ve also included a magazine that publicizes 100 different hero pit bulls. All I ask is that you take them time to read some of these articles and do the research.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve seen the effects the media can have on perception first hand. My husband was always anti-pit bull. For the first few years we were together he said we would NEVER have a pit bull in this house. After I asked him to do some research and then come back to me with a decision. He did his due diligence, and he changed his mind. He took a chance and let me adopt a pit bull, who is now a very close second to being the love of his life.  If you ask him now, he would never NOT have a pit bull in our home. Take a close look at the photo below, this love and devotion is what you are trying to ban.

My Pit Bull Is Family | Stop BSL In Broward County

Again, thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Hoping for your change of heart,

Mandi Adamo
madamo27@yahoo.com

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