Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 072588
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File Number: 072588 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1245-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: INCREASE THE PENALTIES & FINES FOR DOG/ANIMAL FIGHTING Introduced: 8/30/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/6/2007
Agenda Date: 11/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A11
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES AND FINES FOR DOG AND OTHER ANIMAL FIGHTING
Indexes: ANIMALS
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/6/2007 11A11 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 10/9/2007 2O Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Diaz. Commissioner Diaz asked that he be listed as a co-sponsor. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 8/30/2007 Assigned Budget and Finance Committee 10/9/2007

County Attorney 8/30/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 9/13/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES AND FINES FOR DOG AND OTHER ANIMAL FIGHTING

BODY
WHEREAS, in a dog fight, two dogs are placed in an enclosed pit, where they fight before a crowd of spectators until one dog is too injured or exhausted to continue; and
WHEREAS, dogs used in dog fights are typically American pit bull terriers that have been bred and trained to be highly aggressive; and
WHEREAS, there has been an unprecedented increase in dog fighting in recent years, according to the Humane Society of the United States; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement officials nationwide have documented a strong connection between organized dog fighting and other crimes, including violent crimes, illegal gambling, and illegal drugs; and
WHEREAS, the exposure of young children to dog fighting can promote insensitivity towards animal suffering and acceptance of violence; and
WHEREAS, the presence of dangerous and aggressive dogs in a community increases the risk of attacks on children; and
WHEREAS, under Florida law, sponsoring, participating in, betting on, or attending a dog fight is a third degree felony with a maximum prison sentence of five (5) years and a maximum fine of $5,000; and


WHEREAS, many other states have higher penalties and/or fines associated with dog fighting, including Kansas (ten (10) year maximum prison sentence and $100,000 maximum fine); Louisiana (ten (10) year maximum prison sentence and $25,000 maximum fine); California ($50,000 maximum fine); Alabama (ten (10) year maximum prison sentence); Illinois ($50,000 maximum fine); and
WHEREAS, higher penalties in the State of Florida might serve to deter further dog fighting,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to increase the penalties and fines for dog and other animal fighting.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the issues identified in section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 state legislative package.



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