Calling All Victims of Miami-Dade County’s “Pit Bull” Ban!

Have you been a victim of Miami-Dade County’s “Pit Bull” ban???? Do you own a “pit bull” type dog? The truth is, based on the way Miami-Dade wrote the ordinance back in the late 80’s, no one can really answer this question anymore. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that they are more to us than just a dog….they are a valued member of the family.

Unfortunately, Miami-Dade County decided back in the 80’s that its citizens should only own specific types of dogs. They decided that just by looking at a dog, they could determine breed and temperament and whether or not they deserved to be loved or to be simply thrown away. This type of law is referred to as Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).

The problem with BSL is that it has no basis in fact and only serves to discriminate against innocent animals based on how they look. Laws like these are reminiscent of any discriminatory law, they only hurt and do nothing to help the communities they are purporting to serve. 

Fortunately, the State of Florida saw a major flaw in that logic and in the early 90’s forbid any other county or municipality from enacting any such laws based on breed. This has served to protect those who live in other counties, but it did nothing for those of us that live in Miami-Dade county as it “grandfathered” in the Ordinance. What that means is that the law in Miami-Dade is exempt from the state law and, therefore, still stands today.

Countless citizens of Miami-Dade have been affected by this ignorant law and countless more will be until it is overturned. The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL) and myself, as counsel, look to change this.

We are calling on all of you to help. Have you been affected by this ban? Were you misplaced? Was your family member taken from you? Do you know someone who has been through this?

If the answer to any of these questions is Yes…. we want to hear from you. Feel free to message me directly or send all of your information to mypittiematters@gmail.com and we will see what we can do to help you.

Let’s all work together to finally rid our citizens of this ignorant and harmful law!


A message from our Founder and Director Dahlia Canes

Dear MCABSL Members:

Another year has passed and now we anxiously await the beginning of another one. MCABSL has once again made history in 2017 by continuing to fight BSL in the nations stronghold for BSL, Miami-Dade County, Fl., against all odds. We have taken the ultimate approach in this on going battle by filing a law suit against the county to finally eradicate the infamous Miami Pit Bull Ban. This is not only a daring move but the only alternative left to us by the county. Years of negotiations and political unrest paved the way for education and awareness at the highest level. While most of the Miami-Dade County Commission, councils, legislators and representatives all are in agreeance that this ban serves no purpose, the legal ramifications impede the process of its removal. Therefore, we stand alone, with minor assistance from any major animal organization backing us up, whether financially or publicly. I’ve been told, the whole world is sitting and watching, however, this does not help our cause. We at MCABSL do not sit around and watch, WE ACT SWIFTLY UPON OUR PROMISE! It is our dogs whose lives are at stake here. Nevertheless, it will be up to us to fight the good fight in 2018. We will not be intimidated, nor will there be any lack of strong legal representation. However, the financial aspect is up to you! This promises to be one of the most expensive law suits in the history of this county! We need you! In the coming year we will advise of how your contributions can be made. So with this my dear friends, I bid good-bye to 2017 and welcome 2018, as the year history is made in Miami worldwide! Wet kisses for your doggies and Happy New Year! Be safe.God Bless.

In Hope and commitment,


Memorial held in Hollywood for pit bull found stabbed in suitcase

Animal rights activists said the tragedy shines a spotlight on animal abuse. “Ollie has been brought into the light because of media, because of word of mouth, because of the good people on this Earth,” said Dahlia Canes, founder of the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.

Canes added that pit bulls in particular are often the target of physical abuse. “There are still others — many, many others — and they’re pit bulls,” she said. “They’re the most abused breed on this planet, like Ollie, that have been left to die without anyone knowing about them.”

Full Story here http://wsvn.com/news/local/memorial-held-in-hollywood-for-pit-bull-found-stabbed-in-suitcase/

BREAKING NEWS: Follow Up On The Channel 10 news coverage of Pit Bull Attack in Miami-Dade County:


As you may well see, this incident reported by Channel 10 news was incorrectly reported. Attached please find the email from Kathy Labrada from MDAS. This was an American Bull Dog. At this time MCABSL is demanding that Channel 10 news run an up date w/ a retraction on this matter as soon as possible. The information given out to the general public by them, demonizes a breed and adds to the bad rap from media hype. This information must be corrected. Please email, call or contact them requesting this retraction. Thank You! Dahlia.

Dahlia Canes

Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, Founder/Director
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—–Original Message—–
From: Labrada, Kathleen R. (ASD) (ASD)
To: ‘Dahlia Canes’ ; Nuñez, Gilda M. (ASD) (ASD)
Sent: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 8:47 am
Subject: RE: Alleged “Pit Bull” attack.

Good morning,
The November 24th bite incident involving a child was incorrectly attributed to a Pit Bull in the media report. The biter dog was surrendered by the owner for euthanasia and has been submitted for rabies testing. I have attached the incident report in which the responding animal welfare officer correctly identified the biter as a brindle in color male American Bulldog as well as the impound photograph. The dog was not at any time identified by the Department as a Pit Bull.
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Kathleen R. Labrada
Chief, Shelter Operations and Enforcement
Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33122
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Miami-Dade County is a public entity subject to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes concerning public records. Email messages are covered under such laws and thus subject to disclosure.
From: Dahlia Canes
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 7:08 PM
To: Labrada, Kathleen R. (ASD)
Subject: Alleged “Pit Bull” attack.
Hi Ms. Labrada:
I need clarification on a dog attack incident in which folks were injured. You’re team responded to this call in country walk recently. Channel 10’s news coverage labeled it a Pit Bull Attack. Therefore, I would like a verification of the actual breed of this dog involved in this particular incident. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Dahlia Canes
Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, Founder/Director
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