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Miami-Dade voters keep pit bull ban

10:03 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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MIAMI (AP) - It appears Miami-Dade voters have decided to keep the county's 23-year-old pit bull ban.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, 63 percent of voters chose not to repeal the ban.

The ban on pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs was set in 1989 after a 7-year-old girl was mauled outside her Miami home. The state prohibited breed-specific bans the next year, but Miami-Dade was granted an exemption.

Pit bull advocates have been trying to end the ban for years. The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation and others argue that the county's definition of a pit bull is too vague, and that the cost of enforcing the ban stretches limited resources.

The girl whose mauling prompted the ban is now a hospital administrator. She says the ban's critics are putting dogs ahead of public safety.

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