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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 (504 KB) of each of these closely-related breeds.
To have a dog's breed evaluated, you must bring the dog to Animal Services. Evaluations are conducted in the shelter annex by examination. Appointments are necessary for this service.
Owners of dogs brought in for evaluation and identified as pit bulls will not receive a citation. However, they will be required to remove the dog from Miami-Dade County.
Pit Bull Ordinance (652 KB)
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 called in to 3-1-1 or mailed to Animal Services at the address below.
MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES DEPT
ATTN INVESTIGATION UNIT
7401 NW 74 STREET
MIAMI 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. If a pit bull is observed tied on private property without shelter, it is considered a pit bull investigation, not an animal cruelty investigation.
Pit bulls that are picked up as strays and are not registered/licensed will be held for 5 days and then put down. Pit bulls that are picked up with identification or lost pets that are registered will be held for 5 days. The owner will receive a citation and be given the opportunity to remove the dog from Miami-Dade County.
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