Florida state law automatically deemed any dog used or trained for dog fighting as "dangerous," which was basically a death sentence for any dog rescued in a fight bust - the victims of animal cruelty. In the years since the Michael Vick case, where the dogs rescued from his fighting ring have gone on to become family pets and therapy dogs, rescuers have proven that all dogs deserve a fair chance. Two Florida legislators stepped up to make that happen.
With the support of Best Friends Animal Society and thousands of Change.org community members, SB 722 was passed and signed into law on June 12, 2011. This law repeals the automatic designation of "dangerous" for all dogs seized in fight busts, giving the victims of cruelty a chance to be evaluated and adopted as individuals.
Current Florida state law deems any dog used for the purpose of dog fighting, or trained for dog fighting, as "dangerous." This is basically a death sentence for any dog rescued in a fight bust -- the victims of animal cruelty. As we've seen in the Michael Vick case, all dogs are individuals and former fight bust dogs can become family pets and therapy dogs.
Florida is one of thirteen states who further victimize the innocents. Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are the others that either arbitrarily order the puppies and dogs seized from fighting yards destroyed or classify as "dangerous."
Rep. Luis Garcia and Sen. Jim Norman want to give the victims of cruelty a chance. They've filed HB 4075 and SB 722 to repeal this stigma.
Please be the voice of the animals and sign the petition.
Best Friends Animal Society is spearheading the drive to get this humane legislation passed. Florida residents should also take action on the Best Friends website.