Gov. DeSantis approves new law that ends discrimination based on dog breed
Dahlia Canes quest to end breed-specific bans was inspired by Chocolate the pit bull.

Dogs will be judged by behavior, not breed under new law.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday signed a measure that ends the last remaining municipal and public housing restrictions against specific dog breeds, which have mostly targeted pit bulls.

The legislation (SB 942) came through both chambers with just one “nay.”

“Let’s not allow baseless barriers in government housing to contribute to this crisis any longer,” bill sponsor Republican Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera of Miami said in the House debate, noting that housing is the reason that many people surrender their animals to animal shelters.

The Legislature had already passed prohibitions against breed-specific local rules before, but ordinances approved before Oct. 1, 1990 were allowed to stand. Miami still has one that prohibits pit bulls. And Sunrise’s law, passed in 1989, requires “pit bull dogs” to be securely locked in a pen, or muzzled.

Come, Oct. 1, though, those rules and any others that single out specific breeds for restrictions are going to be null and void.

“This is going to save so many lives and so many broken hearts,” said Dahlia Canes, a founder of Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.

Her group has been trying to overturn Miami’s pit bull prohibition for nearly 20 years.

Her dog “Chocolate” had been taken from her because of the ban. Through that, she also learned how arbitrarily a dog can be labeled a “pit bull.

Animal advocates have been pushing for the bill for numerous Sessions. It had passed in the Senate only to languish and die in the House.

“I knew sooner or later this had to happen — people can’t stay stupid forever,” Canes said. But then she added, “I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.”

Canes said she wants to work for an end to breed-specific bans across the nation — and work to pass federal legislation. And so dogs will be judged on behavior and history, rather than breed. Florida’s new law does not prevent cities or public housing entities from putting restrictions on dogs that have bitten or attacked people or domestic animals.

“This is what I’ll be doing until the day I drop dead,” Canes said.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Ocean Joe

    June 17, 2023 at 10:38 am

    In a few hours another story about a pit killing someone will hit the news, but just like guns we put the blinders on.

    Shelters are overrun with pits and pit mixes because irresponsible owners breed them to sell.

    • Kevin

      June 17, 2023 at 9:55 pm

      You are so ignorant about pit bulls. Get educated, then you can speak on them.

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    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 10:40 am

      You don’t have a clue! Have you ever been a parent of a pit bull?

      • Riley

        June 19, 2023 at 12:47 pm

        Parent, no. Owner, yes. I cannot conceive a dog, not sure any human can.

        • AATB55

          June 23, 2023 at 12:27 pm

          You are clearly one of the problems. I reported someone who neglected their dog. Animal control took the the dog. I asked if the person could be put on some kind of a list so they are never able to own a pet again. The guys said, it’s really difficult to do that. Animals are property and If this guy wants his dog back we have to give him his dog back. Ridiculous. You, obviously an “owner” who probably feels that is just.

  • Mary

    June 17, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Florida is becoming a cesspool where citizens have no safety standards for actual danger.
    The pit bull lobby pays millions in campaign donations for these laws.
    DeSantis should be charged in every pit bull attack.

    • Mark

      June 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm

      Most dog bites in the ED I work at are foo-foo dogs. The remainder are Police dog attacks. No one cries about those because the “perp” deserved to be maimed for life.

      • Mary

        June 18, 2023 at 10:23 am

        Then you aren’t a real ER personnel. I worked ER in a Level 1 Trauma Center. The foo foo bites NEVER came to our ER.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 10:42 am

      You should move! True Floridians love freedom not your Marxism!

    • Beth Duncan

      June 19, 2023 at 9:19 pm

      Not breed but bad owners

    • ML

      June 21, 2023 at 8:54 pm

      Pit bull lobby. 😂 And who might that be?

    • Joe Reid

      June 23, 2023 at 5:08 pm

      Well arent you an ignorant little person.

      If the breed pit bull automatically means any dog fitting that description is a killer, or a vicious attack dog because of the name, well hell, I guess people could call you Dahmer, McVay, Bin Laden, Bundy, or any other murdering psychopath living or deceased. Its nurture v nature. Just like people.

      You must be from one of them dumbass northern states…

  • Ban Pit Bulls for the Children

    June 17, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    DeSantis knows his white trash base are the ones with the Pit Bulls.

    Modern day Velociraptors. They should be banned.

    • Dejon Jones

      June 17, 2023 at 12:54 pm

      Little racist, are we? Most black drug dealers I know have pitties.

    • Danielle

      June 17, 2023 at 3:52 pm

      White trash base? Wow! It’s how you raise the dog. With love and kindness. Obviously something you lacked in your life. Uppitty snot asses like you, who probably have never had a pit, are the ones who spread ignorance. You probably have an inbred Labradoodle. Because that’s normal! 🙄 I really wish people would get educated instead of making dumbass remarks. But I guess you can’t fix stupid!

      • B

        June 18, 2023 at 2:05 pm

        White trash??? Do you know how you sound? Didn’t your momma ever tell you if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say nothing at all… or Maybe you just don’t have any home training. My pit bulls have more morals and hoke training then you.

    • Baddabim Baddaboom

      June 17, 2023 at 7:49 pm

      You just won a staycation at the plantation. Congrats!

    • Baddabim Baddaboom

      June 17, 2023 at 7:55 pm

      And who tf are you? You ain’t bothin but a sorry excuse of someone who never made it to the gene pool. Better terminate your sorryass life. Bye!

    • Cheri

      June 18, 2023 at 7:03 am

      Your racism is spewing out.

    • Mary

      June 18, 2023 at 10:25 am

      Correct. He appeals to the scum below Trump scum in nearly every decision.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 10:45 am

      And your president likes little children and perversions of every color and flavor like “pregnant men”!

    • Jennifer

      June 20, 2023 at 1:46 am

      Well I’m one of those white trash and I don’t support the governor nor do I support your idiocy. You clearly only know what you’ve read and have never actually experienced dealing with a pitbull in person. They’re very sweet loving dogs and just like human beings you come across a few bad apples. You want to say ban pit bulls to save children I can assure you the single biggest threat to the children in this country are middle-aged white straight heterosexual men. Maybe you should work on Banning them because I can assure you far more of them have hurt children over pit bulls any day and if you’d like statistics we can get those for you!

    • Joe Reid

      June 23, 2023 at 5:09 pm

      And you should be deported… for being an idiot.

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Since this law only impacts public housing…..and not shopping malls, condo’s or gated neighborhoods that can and do have their own animal restrictions….… the law is designed to add another layer of fear, intimidation and worry to Florida’s poor residents who live in public housing. Section 8 housing is privately owned and it’s questionable whether DeSantis has the authority to impose stupidity on probated own property where the poor reside.

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    When a poor child is attacked by a pit bull is a housing project corridor…… tell me how the child’s poor parents can afford to file a lawsuit to have the ‘bad behavior’ animal removed ….. and who pays for the child’s reconstruction plastic surgery?

    • Baddabim Baddaboom

      June 17, 2023 at 7:51 pm

      Yo mama

    • Mark

      June 17, 2023 at 10:07 pm

      “When a poor child is attacked by Nana’s Maltese in a gated community..”
      Fixed it for ya!

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 10:49 am

      Are your really this ignorant! If a dog bites someone there is a public report filed and the animal is taken into custody! Most of the time they are put down!

    • Lorey

      June 19, 2023 at 10:13 pm

      [email protected]
      When a poor child walking down the hallway in the projects and a pit bull saves her when she is grabbed by someone who’s going to write stories and Comments as to what a great dog he is? No one ever heres those stories

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    This is legislative money and time we’ll spent! Next up, public housing pet alligators?

  • Judy Pendolino

    June 17, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    This idiot doesn’t care about human lives at all and I’m an animal lover but so many times in the news I’ve heard or read about a pittbull attack, so 😢

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 10:57 am

      The media had a mass frenzy blaming pit bulls. A chihuahua could bite someone and the media would claim it was a pit bull! attack. When they rarely showed pictures of the actual dogs involved you could recognize they were not pit bulls! Have you ever been a parent of one or do you just believe the mass hysteria perpetrated by a media pushing discrimination against anything and everything! Follow the news, white people are evil too!

  • Amy Amy

    June 17, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Public housed ppl should not be allowed to have dogs like this. They do not have money, do not carry insurance. Unless this dog bites someone it is allowed to be owned? Dumb. A person getting bit by a pit could be mauled. That is not the dog you want to get bit by one time with that bite force. Public housing ppl should have a limit of 20 LBS.. or less. Set this law for ppl who own their house and carry insurance.

    • Sara

      June 17, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Why should people in section 8 housing be allowed to have a dog at all, or any animal. Animals are very expensive, between shots, heartworm medicine, vet appointments and food. This money could be going toward their rent instead of the taxpayer funding it.

      • Milly Durovic

        June 18, 2023 at 10:50 am

        Dogs provide protection and companionship.

    • Lorey

      June 19, 2023 at 10:22 pm

      Wow!! I just can’t even say anything to this. It is by far one of the most ignorant and judgemental comments I’ve ever read and there are a boatload of them. You need to climb down from that high tower and carry your arrogant ass over to some projects and see what you’re talking about. Then go to a pit bull rescue so you can see real life and not the one you and Buffy make up to make yourselves feel better somehow.

  • Shauna

    June 17, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    As someone who worked In a animal shelter and has done animal care for 23+ years,I can honestly tell you I’ve had more aggressive dogs that weren’t Pit Bulls then were! I’ve seen aggressive Poodles,, schnauzers,Australian Shepherds, Boxers,etc. The bottom line is if I went just by breed I would have had many bites in my career. I’ve learned you can’t judge a breed! Just as humans are all different animals are too. They have had unique situations that have made the personality develop. Most Pit Bulls I’ve had the privilege of handling are very sweet and like all dogs require firm and proper training.

    • Tracy

      June 18, 2023 at 11:57 am

      You hit the nail on the head. Thank you for your intelligent response.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:02 am

      Thank you for a voice of reason and intelligence! I have parented pit bulls for over thirty years and I will never have another breed in my home! They are loving, loyal, and protective of their families. They are the best nanny dogs you will ever find and make excellent care dogs! It’s the owners, not the dogs and that isn’t breed exclusive!

  • B S

    June 17, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Has anyone once asked about how these dogs have been treated by their owners??? I was once as ignorant as most of you. Now I own An American Bulldog that is labeled as a pit bull. He is one of the best dogs I have ever owned. Have any of you looked at the owners of the dogs accused of being aggressive???? My dog is protective, doesn’t like strangers getting in his face. Do you like strangers getting in your face???? Maybe you all need to educate youselves on the breed before you listen to others slam the breed. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!!!!! They are like children. They act like they are taught!!!!!!! Every dog breed in the world vould be aggressive if that is what they are taught.

    • UrbaneGorilla

      June 17, 2023 at 3:53 pm

      Most people understand your point.. But the simple truth is, there’s no way to differentiate between a well-treated dog and a mistreated dog… They aren’t labeled.. And, in fact, many well-treated animals just go crazy sometimes.. I experienced this with a neighbor, who had 2 dogs raised together since pups, an Akita and a Pit… They were not at all mistreated… One day, the Pit latched onto the Akita’s throat and wouldn’t let go. I sat, holding my cup of coffee staring through our common wire fence in awe as the owner swung a 2X4 time and again against the Pit’s head while screaming.. “Let Go! Let Go!”… After what seemed like a few minutes, the Pit did.. and sauntered off as if nothing had happened.. The Akita died.. About 3 months later, the same Pit jumped through a screened 2nd story patio and attacked our mailman…

    • Preston Holod

      June 17, 2023 at 6:33 pm

      Sorry buddy. But when I see a pit bull I shy away. No time to ask for a dogs history. They are dangerous animals.

    • Kathy S

      June 17, 2023 at 9:47 pm

      I agree 💯 percent! I’m owner of American bull dog and a pitbull! They’re both loveable and are very loving to us and all our cat’s.💕

      • B

        June 18, 2023 at 2:08 pm

        Mine might lick you to death

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:06 am

      Thank you! Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have dogs. Pits are the best breed I have ever had the pleasure of having in my company. The biggest problem with them is they think they are lap dogs, hog the bed, and snore! All they ask for is love and many treats!

  • UrbaneGorilla

    June 17, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Once a week we read about some pit or part pitbull ripping the face off a child, savaging a stranger in the street, or killing its owner… There’s a reason why Insurers refuse to insure people who own certain animals.. Does it mean that all pit bulls are killers? Nope… It just means that when they attack, they’re brutal. In a million years I can’t fathom why Florida would accept this as sensible.. But in Ron’s Florida, everything is up for grabs.. It’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on LSD.

    • Deb Comstock

      June 17, 2023 at 8:41 pm

      I am a teacher with 2 master’s education, and I have been teaching for 30 years. I do not consider myself uneducated or living in a cesspool. Having moved to Florida from MD 5 years ago I have to say I am glad we moved! People are respectful, kind, caring and for the most part follow the golden rule. With that said I have been rescuing pit bulls for 10 years and have to tell you that unless you have had one as a pet you really have no idea what wonderful and misunderstood creatures they are. I have had many rescue animals in my life but none as loving and loyal as a pit bull or a stuffy. I would trust them with my life. But they must not be trained to be aggressive like any other dog. In retirement I groom dogs and I’ve never been bitten grooming a bully. But I have been bitten by many a Chihuahua and Shitzhu though.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:14 am

      LMAO! You need to lay off the drugs! A chihuahua could attack someone and the media would say it was a pit bull. They currently even tell us how evil white people and white men are! Look up the definition of discrimination! It applies to animals too! Some people don’t have a clue and believe whatever they are told or read! It’s the owners, not the breed! They are the most loving breed I have ever parented, and I’ve been parenting them for over thirty years!

  • barb amish

    June 17, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    I dislike Pitts for most owners, they just are not dogs for everyone. It is not an animal I would ever suggest for the vast majority.
    But, this is the right law. Start banning one breed, which one is next on the list? Pitts are not even a “breed”, they are a type.
    Ban the act, not the breed.

  • Mike Barber

    June 17, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    I have a pitrbull. He attacked a stranger in my yard who had no right to be there. He tried to get my dog taken but I had just install a front door camera and the police asked to review it. That POS tried getting my gas cap off then tried all four car doors my dog reacted appropriately when he attacked the Theif. He was jailed and the dog stayed home. I showed his shots were current, that’s all.

    • Bullie Crazy

      June 17, 2023 at 9:05 pm

      I’m so sorry this happened to you!! I would’ve been furious!!!!!!!!!! Stupid POS!! He’s lucky that’s all that happened!! Under the “Stand Your Ground” law, you had every right to protect yourself!!!! I love these scumbags that come on private property & then try to justify if something happens to them while they are there!!!!!!!!!!! Dog bite!? Falls & gets hurt!!? Gets Shot?? Gets ass handed to him!!!? I got an idea dumbass!!! Stay off private property!!!!!!!! If it’s not yours, leave it!!!!!!!! Idiot!!!!!!!!!! I read once about a guy who was trying to break in through a skylight & the moron fell & broke his back. He sued & somehow won!!!!! I’ll NEVER in my life be able to comprehend HOW a CRIMINAL that was in the process of committing a crime & got hurt could possibly win a lawsuit but it’s just further confirmation of how messed up this world is!!! 🤦‍♀️ I really hope that was “fake news”, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were true!!!

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:21 am

      Thank you! My dogs have cornered people in my yard at 2 am several times over the years! They didn’t bite them, but “treed” them for me to confront them. When they started to get vocal, I asked them if they wanted to leave peacefully, or should I call in a third party to discuss why they were in my yard at this hour! The neighborhood is much better now thanks to my pit bulls! It’s not the dogs, it’s the people causing the problems!

  • Kevin

    June 17, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    The only people that say anything bad about pit bulls are the ones that were told by non owners, or media that pit bulls are bad. Get a real education about them before you make an ass out yourself.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Amen, the voice of truth! I’ve parented pit bulls for decades and never had one bite anyone! My sister-in-law believed all the media hype and hysteria and continuously attacked me for parenting pits! She is now out of my life, but I still have my baby pits. Good riddance!

  • Doug

    June 18, 2023 at 11:39 am

    As part of the Farm Bill that Trump signed it to law was prohibiting the sale of cats and dogs as food.
    DeSantis has made it easier for pit bulls to kill and eat children.
    I may have voted for him based on some of his actions, and now NO! NO! NO! NO!.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:33 am

      LMAO! What drugs are you using? Have your ever parented a pit bull? Obviously not! I would and do trust my pits with my grandbabies all the time. I even gifted them a pit! They are the greatest nanny dogs! Chihuahua’s need to be banned. They bite more people and children than pit bulls!

      • Doug

        June 19, 2023 at 1:21 pm

        No!! I have never parented a pit bull, but I was ATTACKED by one (not BIT, there is a difference, a educated/rational person would know the difference). My hands are permanently damaged (5 operations), my dog had 50 staples holding him together from the ATTACK. This is a breed that will continue to ATTACK until its victim is dead, a Chihuahua’s BITE may leave punctures but will not ripe a person apart! Chihuahuas may bite more people and children than pit bulls, but pit bulls KILL more children than any other breed!

      • Doggo of Peace

        June 28, 2023 at 11:21 am

        Hi Ron, this is the Doggo of Peace – you gifted me to your grandchildren some time ago. They are amusing to me now as friends, but I may require expression of my bull-baiting instincts soon, since those kiddos sure do pique my prey drive. Should I start with their faces or their arms when I need a nice nibble?

  • B S

    June 18, 2023 at 11:49 am

    I have never seen so many ignorant comments on this subject!!!!!!! Educate educate educate yourself on the topic before you show your ignorance on an open forum. I will say this again. Parents don’t teach their children not to go up to strange dogs. Hell, I have had to take adults to task for running up to my American Bully!!!! You just don’t do that!!!!! It’s not the dogs 99% if the time. It’s stupid people who have no idea how to act around animals. You play stupid games, you will win a stupid prize!!!!!!!

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 11:49 am

      Thank you again! I am a disabled veteran, and my pits are my care babies and have been for decades! They know when I am hurting and love on me trying to ease my pain! Read the news and you read about people with burned out taillights, head lights, expired tags, no valid driver’s license, speeding, etc., getting pulled over by police with illegal drugs or contraband in their vehicle. We are surrounded by idiots and mass stupidity and it’s not the dogs unless you want to classify them as two legged dogs! Sorry dogs! People believe the propaganda being pushed on them by an unscrupulous unprofessional media always trying to create hysteria!

  • N Weldon

    June 18, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    In the UK Pit Bulls and the crosses from them were banned some years ago now. General and fatal dog attacks are very few and far between now, but it is interesting that those that take place are nearly all related to illegally kept pit bulls and their crosses. The social demographics of the owners before and after the Dangerous Dog Act showed that almost all were owned by those who wanted them as a status symbol and/or protection among the criminal fraternity e.g. thugs in gangs, drug dealers e.t.c . Whilst I know someone with a very friendly pit bull, one has to take in the fact that pit bull dogs were bred for one purpose and was not to be a family pet. I suppose we will all be able to defend ourselves with the guns we will be allowed to carry from July 1st! Meanwhile, go on to any of the humane society sites to look at dogs for adoption. Percentage wise, pit bulls and their crosses make up a very sad total of all dogs. If you ask why, other than they were too expensive to keep as the owners had no idea how much they cost to keep in food and vet fees, the others were fear of attacking family members, or their owners were now serving a jail sentence. No distinction in whether the criminals were rich or poor I might add, as I am sure some owned flash cars and lived a high life style, but sadly the breed has become synonymous with such people instead of the cattle farmers for whom they were originally bred!

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 12:01 pm

      LMAO! You don’t have a clue about pit bulls except the propaganda you read from the MSM! They may have changed modus operandi but the drug dealers and criminal elements used to prefer Doberman pinchers and German shepherds. If you find some accurate data, you will discover those dogs have a higher bite rate than pit bulls! Chihuahua’s have a higher bite rate than pit bulls! How about those Chows? Educate and stop discriminating against a certain breed of dogs! Maybe you think white people are evil. That’s what the MSM and government are now pushing!

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 18, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Good for Rhonda for recognizing that discrimination is wrong. And now for Rhonda to apply their lesson learned. Rhonda, stop discriminating against humans. If only. Stupid Rhonda.

  • Transparency is a must

    June 18, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    All dogs are capable of biting. It’s the severity of the bite and/or attack that matters. I would much rather be bitten by a chi, Pom, Shepard or any other breed, than a pit. They maul people and other dogs, not just bite them. I have seen what happens to smaller dogs when a pit goes for them. And when they set their mind on it, there’s no stopping them. It’s in their nature. They can be the sweetest dog to the owner but beware if your a child or elderly or another dog. Even if it’s your child, mother or another family member that’s 4 legged. And it’s B.S. to say they’re misunderstood or that we’re uneducated. They have no place in any multi housing units, let alone public housing. DeSantis has no business stepping into Federal public housing rules. Unless he plans to contribute. God forbid he makes it to the White House. He’s out of control. Open your eyes and pay attention to what he’s doing in Florida. It’s not good.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      LMAO! Maybe you shouldn’t live if Florida if you even do! Have you ever witnessed a German Shepherd attacking? Have you ever witnessed a Doberman Pincher attacking? How about a boxer! Either don’t own a dog or have a foo foo ankle biter or a cat! Don’t tell others what they can or can’t do including our choice of pets! We will be held responsible by laws currently in place if we are irresponsible with our pets! Your president can’t wipe his own butt or walk and chew gum at the same time!

  • Anti-discrimination campaign claims

    June 18, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    This change in rules regarding Pitties is all about the Rhonda campaign figuring out a way to claim they’re anti-discrimination while enacting an anti-discrimination law that doesn’t help any human. Good for Rhonda for ending puppy related discrimination, but maybe take a look at your own discrimination against trans and drag queens and gays and minorities and everybody who hates Rhonda which is virtually everybody. Rhonda your slip is showing and I see it.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      Exactly what does this bill or subject have to do with gender dysphoria? If you don’t like Florida’s laws there are other states you could move to. We don’t need pedophiles and sexual predators lurking around our children!

  • Michele

    June 19, 2023 at 2:12 am

    Disgusting abuse of power to override local laws to appease a very powerful pit cult lobby. Pits should be banned nationwide.

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 12:28 pm

      LMAO! What about Biden’s CCP and Ukraine lobbies! Pay to play anyone but let’s worry about a handful of pit bull parents! Didn’t you just love that Chinese spy balloon traversing across the entire United States, but God forbid we don’t discriminate and ban a breed of dog because of bad parents! Maybe we should ban white people and heterosexuals also! If you ever care to take the time look up some unbiased statistics on dog bites. You might be surprised on the breeds responsible for the most attacks and bites! Try to educate yourself on subjects before you comment on public forums!

  • Dahlia Canes

    June 19, 2023 at 8:22 am

    I see we have a lot of work to do to get the facts and continue to educate folks. Visually you cannot identify a breed of dog, therefore most of the “Vicious Mauling attacks hyped up by media weren’t even APBT, simply mixes of many breeds…mutts. 90% of these attacks were provoked or could have been prevented. Responsible ownerhip is a must! Nevertheless, we shall continue our mission.

    • B S

      June 19, 2023 at 9:36 am

      You are 💯 correct!!!!!

    • Ron

      June 19, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you for the voice of reason! The media and certain elements of the government are always hyping up mass hysteria and that is exactly what they have done with pit bulls. Now it white people, especially white men!

  • C. G

    June 19, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    I am not white trash, I am not low class, I am not on employed or uneducated and I own the breed. Along with cat and 2 small dogs. I have owned dogs all my life. My pitbull has been by far the sweetest of all. But I am also responsible and informed. I read a lot about the breed and ensure she is never put in a dangerous situation. We all know that just because of they breed they will be blamed for something even when it was provoked by another person or animal. People are the problem not the breed.

  • Nicole Y Walton

    June 19, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Am I understanding correctly that this mainly applies to public housing and general municipal laws and that private landlords can still restrict by breed?

  • Gina

    June 20, 2023 at 5:56 am

    So happy to know Dahlia will continue this great work! Happy for everyone who worked for this for years!

  • B S

    June 20, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    You are 💯 correct!!!!! I am always trying to educate myself further about the breed. My American Bully is by far the best breed I have ever owned!!! I am always aware of how others feel about him and I am in protective mode when I walk him. I allow no strangers near him for HIS protection NOT theirs!!!!!!!

  • NMI

    June 23, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    well, well, well…. As a landlord who PERMITS dogs, i do NOT permit any dog I have not met, evaluated to be social, friendly. I can NOT risk any contractor to get mauled to go inside a property to repair something… As a former breeder of TOP German Shepherds, it is known that Pitbulls are a product of bad breeding, (predictably unpredictable) so NO i don’t allow them as I must be able to enter on an emergency basis – say the house is flooding, water coming from under the front door and the neighbor hears spraying sounds and calls me – and the dog is in the yard and the tenant is not home, but the water shutoff is IN the yard…. good luck – this is A huge REPAIR BILL for the Landlord to pay due to the new Bill DeStantis signed. That is bs. . and a HELL NO thumbs down for DeSantis to fall for this…. and, OH THIS IS MY HOUSE, MY rules. You can also completely expect the following from this: Landlords are now going to state A ” NO PETS” policy…. or what, are they going to force to accept pets? ok, than the landlords are all going to switch to vacation rentals NO PETS…. so much for helping the ‘housing shortage’

  • Boaz

    June 26, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Notwithstanding all the comments for and against this new law, it is beyond dispute that it is an example of overwhelming bipartisanship. Of the 160 members of the Florida legislature (Republican and Democrat), it received only one (1) no vote.

  • Doggo of Peace

    June 28, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Hello again, Florida, it is I, the Doggo of Peace, and I am back in action. Thank you, Florida Legislature, for relaxing the restrictions on me and my bull-baiting brethren. I’ve been eager to wrap my jaws around a small child’s face or the friendly neighborhood Shi Tzu for some time, but oppressive big government wouldn’t let me into the state. Now I am free to help with the child-mauling efforts during this state’s famous hurricanes – I have my Zodiac boat and life vest ready to get out there during the next big storm so I can contribute to maiming innocent kiddos in need!

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