This is from South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue - but everyone with a dog should take heed:
A new law recently set forth by Broward County Animal Control,
and still largely unknown by many law-enforcement representatives
and the general public, is threatening to be the catalyst for
killing four Siberian Huskies who are currently being held at
Broward County Animal Control. The Huskies are scheduled to be
îîhumanely euthanized'' within the next 10 days.
The four Siberian Huskies, all tagged, spayed, up-to-date on
shots, with no previous bite history or history of aggressive
behavior and with an identified owner, Julie Roberts, were named
responsible for the death of a neighborhood dog in Miramar on
While law enforcement representatives arrived and stated they
would not be removing the dogs from their home, Broward County
Animal Control representatives showed up and stated that due to a
new law, labeled as îîDangerous Dogs: Section 4-12,'' the dogs
would be quarantined and euthanized within 10 days.
This new law seemed to îîslip'' into effect on May 20, without
much discussion or public awareness, and stipulates that no
clemency will be given for first-time offenders, regardless of
the mitigating circumstances (whether a death or incident is
The dogs in question will be euthanized unless their owner,
Julie Roberts, can come up with a $500 cash deposit bond per dog
to schedule an appeal. In addition, she will also be required to
pay the boarding expenses for each dog for the length of time
they were held at Broward County Animal Control.
The hearts of the representatives from the South Florida
Siberian Husky Rescue Inc. (SFSHRI) go out to all of those
involved with the recent incident, though they feel strongly that
the death of one animal does not justify the intentional killing
of other animals.
However, as saddened as we are that this particular incident
involves Siberian Huskies, we must not lose sight of the bigger
picture: This new law is NOT breed specific; it applies to each
and every dog living in Broward County.
Every dog owner in Broward County needs to be made aware of
this legislation and needs to understand that their dog is now
subject to this new law.
Furthermore, the general public also needs to realize that the
new law does not allow for second chances and first-time
offenders with no prior incident record will be not be granted
SFSHRI representative, Bobbie Weinstein, ""hopes that this
current incident will not unnecessarily label the Siberian Husky
breed as dangerous,'' and "encourages Broward County Animal
Control to look at the total situation and make a decision based
on what is best in this particular situation, not one based on
the emotions of the moment or an elusive new law.
"There are many options available to Broward County Animal
Control other than the ultimate death of these four, cared-for
and loved, pets,'' said Weinstein. "Furthermore, we have
requested that the dogs in question be turned over to our rescue
group so they will be well-cared for until a final disposition is
For more information on this new law and how it will affect
you and your pet, please go directly to the Broward County Animal
Control website at
The REALLY scary part is this - part of the new "dangerous dog'' definition:
''A dog that when unprovoked approaches a person in a menacing fashion or with an attack attitude.''
Now, I'm not a lawyer, but that seems pretty darn vague to me. Does this mean a growl? A bark with flattened ears? A jerk on the leash in the direction of a passerby? I hope that someone tests the legality of this definition in time to save the dogs that might fall victim to it. And I sure hope folks will help Julie Roberts and her Huskies.