Miami-Dade County Commissioners Approve "Dangerous Dogs" Online Registry, 9-1

With their vote, they beefed up the existing dangerous dog ordinance

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012  |  Updated 11:09 PM EDT
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Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 9-1 to create an online registry of dangerous dogs Tuesday. Dog advocate Dahlia Canes said the move is

Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 9-1 to create an online registry of dangerous dogs Tuesday. Dog advocate Dahlia Canes said the move is "way overdue."

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"Dangerous Dogs" Registry Up for Vote

The county already has a dangerous dog ordinance on the books, said Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who is the prime sponsor of a new measure that would beef it up. Commissioner Sally Heyman and Miami-Dade Animal Services' Kathy Labrada spoke about the proposal.
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Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 9-1 to create an online registry of dangerous dogs Tuesday.

With their vote, commissioners strengthened the existing dangerous dog ordinance.

The new measure expands the type of acts that are considered cruel to animals, creates new regulations for aggressive dogs, and places new restrictions on irresponsible owners. It doubles the fine for dog attacks from $500 to $1,000.

Owners of dogs deemed dangerous will be forced to post photos and details about their animals on the registry.

“This is way overdue. It goes right back to owner responsibility," said dog advocate Dahlia Canes, who has been working with the county on the new provisions for months.

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