#Broward commissioners did not vote on pitbull ban, but will tighten dog fighting law

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Broward County Commissioners did not vote on a proposal that would add banning Pit Bulls, or similiar breeds, to their legislative agenda.  Vice-Mayor Barbara Sharief, who brought the proposal forward,  will instead bring together a group of Broward residents, animal experts and other interested parties to discuss and bring forward solutions to Pit Bull attacks that are have occurred in her district and  communities through out Broward County.  Nearly 60 residents spoke at Tuesday’s Commission meeting and many of them will participate in the group discussion.

Commissioners did approve a measure that directs the County Attorney to draft an amendment to the Broward County Animal Care & Regulation Ordinance (Chapter 4); revising and expanding “fighting dogs” definitions to include teaching a dog to fight; imposing a fine of $500 for “teaching” a dog to fight; adjusting the fine for “fighting dogs” from a sliding scale to a standard $500 per occurrence; adjusting the fine for non-vaccinated dogs from a sliding scale to a standard $300 per occurrence; adjusting the fine for non-licensed dogs from a sliding scale to a standard $300 per occurrence.  The amendment will be brought back to the Commission for future discussion and approval.

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Source: Broward County Communications