Pit bull owners still face a $500 fine and the possibility of a court order to remove any dog that meets the “pit bull’’ description. That would be conforming to at least 70 percent of the features on a 15-point visual checklist for American Staffordshire terriers or Staffordshire bull terriers.
Repeal advocates waged a passionate grassroots campaign with the help of celebrities like the Buehrles and Shorty Rossi, from the reality show “Pit Boss.’’
They say that pit bull-type dogs suffer from unwarranted stereotyping as vicious killers with nearly supernatural powers of destruction, and that thousands live peacefully as family pets all over Miami-Dade despite the ban.
During the day Tuesday, repeal supporter posted pictures of their illegal dogs on the Coalition’s Facebook page with from-the-dog comments like: “I can’t wait to go to the dog park!’’ and “Waiting for the results so I can walk down the street for the first time in my 10 years of life. They say every dog has their day and today is my day!!’’
A woman named Jennifer, who didn’t want to be identified, said that she took the day off from work and voted with tears in her eyes because it’s such a personal issue. Her children have grown up with pit bulls, she said.
“They’re the best family dog you can possibly have,’’ she said. “I have one now that has been beaten up by cats three times.’’
Her veterinarian has no problem treating the dog – classified ‘’terrier mix’’ for county registration purposes —“because he understand it’s the deed, not the breed…Helen Keller’s dog was a pit bull!’’
Herald writers Stephanie Parra, Andrea Torres, Lidia Dinkova and Sabrina Rodriguez, contributed to this report.