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Groups File Lawsuit to Lift Miami-Dade Ban on Pit Bulls

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A lawsuit has been filed against Miami-Dade in an attempt to lift the nearly 30-year-old ban on pit bulls and similar breeds, an animal advocacy group said.

The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation filed the lawsuit on Wednesday along with Blues for Vets, a group that works to provide disabled veterans a service pet.

The Tripp Scott Attorneys at Law firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of the groups, lawyer Ryan H. Lehrer confirmed to NBC 6.

"We proceeded in this manner as we were left with no other alternatives," the MCABSL wrote on Facebook. "We shall continue to work with both Miami-Dade Animal Services and Miami-Dade County as we always have."

The law imposed in 1989 indicates that if someone in Miami-Dade owns or keeps a pit bull, they could face a $500 fine and the animal could be court-ordered to be moved out of the county.

The ban applies to the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and all mixes of those breeds.

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