County Commissioner Withdraws Proposed Ban
Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief agreed today to back down in her attempt to implement a ban on pit bulls in the local community. Pit bulls, a category of dogs which includes American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers, are legally prohibited in many communities throughout the country, as they are recognized to be among the most liable to attack humans. Many of their victims are small children, and the attacks are often unprovoked. Despite the ban on ownership being tabled, a new law was passed which imposes a $500 fine for teaching a dog to fight.
The Commissioner's decision to withdraw the ban proposal is regarded as being a result of the outpouring of opposition from many people in the community, including picketers assembled outside of the Governmental Center, hundreds of people who sent emails and even some who hired an airplane to fly over the area while towing a banner opposing the ban. Some pit bull owners attended a public meeting inside the Governmental Center, making impassioned speeches about how much they loved their dogs and why they believed the ban to be unjust.
Are pit bulls really more dangerous than other breeds?
Any dog can bite and may cause serious injury or death in an attack, but certain breeds are statistically far more likely to do so than others. According to an extensive study which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, pit bulls account for nearly half of all fatal dog attacks. A later study which was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that whereas 43 percent of dog attacks on children which are perpetrated by other breeds are unprovoked, pit bulls attack children without provocation 94 percent of the time. Under normal circumstances, pit bulls can be friendly and loving companions, but the moment they flip into attack mode the victim will only know about their enormous strength and aggression. Given the statistics cited above and the fact that pit bulls were specifically bred to fight, one has to wonder whether allowing them to remain in the community is a good idea.
Holding Dog Owners Accountable for Attacks
Fortunately, if you or a loved one has been injured in an attack by a pit bull or any other dog, Florida state law allows you to hold the dog's owner strictly liable for monetary damages. This means that a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can help you pursue legal action to recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost income and even pain and suffering. Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. now to learn more.