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Pit Bull Law

It is illegal in Miami-Dade County to own or keep American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these breeds' characteristics. For more information, view the Miami-Dade County ordinance, Chapter 5, Sec. 5-17.

There is a $500 fine for acquiring or keeping a pit bull dog and court action to force the removal of the animal from Miami-Dade County.

See a description PDF of each of these closely-related breeds.

Pit Bull Ordinance PDF

Reporting Pit Bull Owners

If you are aware of the address that a Pit Bull dog is being kept, contact Animal Services at 305-884-1101, or email us.

You may leave your information or remain anonymous. Your concerns will be forwarded to the proper investigator for action. However, all government emails are subject to public records requests. To remain anonymous, complaints can be mailed to Animal Services at the address below.

MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES DEPT                   
ATTN INVESTIGATION UNIT
3599 NW 79 AVENUE
DORAL, FL 33166

Pit Bull Investigations

Pit bull investigations are only conducted on dogs whose owner's address is known. Investigations take approximately 30 business days.

  • If the address of the owner is not known, the complaint will be classified as a stray dog complaint.
  • If a pit bull is observed running at large, it will be considered a stray dog, not a pit bull investigation.

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