Broward County Pit Bulls Won't Be Banned, Sharief Now Says
"I disagree with that science," she said. "We've done considerable research on this, and we've found [pit bulls] have a more aggressive nature. It's due to the fact that they have a tendency to kill small things. Pit bulls don't just go after something to harm it; they go after it to kill it." In October 2011, two children were attacked by pit bulls in Deerfield Beach. Then in May of last year, a pit bull mauled a 77-year-old man in Miramar.
Sharief expressed a degree of frustration over the community's reaction to her proposal. She said she's been talking about such legislation "for years" and has conducted numerous meetings to gain local support and advise.
"And the people sending us these email chains -- where were they when we were asking for support?"
She encouraged impassioned owners and detractors to come to attend their commission meeting tonight.
"Maybe if they come," she said, "they can help us craft some type of rule to help stop the pit bulls from fighting in our area and to stop the biting."