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Miami-Dade pit-bull ban opponents take to Spanish-language radio to push for stalled Florida bills

Proponents of a measure that would lift Miami-Dade's longtime ban on pit bulls have taken to the Spanish-language radio airwaves to drum up support for their cause.

But it appears to be too little, too late.

A pair of companion bills (HB 997 and SB 1322) in the Florida Legislature that would outlaw Miami-Dade's ban have stalled, following the county commission's move to try to put the ban before voters this fall. State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, the Miami Republican sponsoring the bill in the House, said he would back off his effort if the county moved forward with an election.

Still, the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society, which accepted 22 of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's pit bulls, is airing spots in Miami's influential Spanish-language radio to rally support for the legislation. (New Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buerhle and his wife, Jamie, who had to move to Broward County because they own a pit bull, a spokespeople for the organization.)

The ad features a woman's voice saying pit bull terriers can be good family dogs, but Miami-Dade County outlaws them "for their appearance, not for their behavior."

"Due to this breed discrimination, hundreds of innocent dogs are sacrificed each year," the ad continues. "Help put an end to this by joining Best Friends Animal Society. Ask your legislators to support bills 997 and 1322."