Tamarac’s Pit Bull Ordinance: Enforce it or Lose it.


So many pit bull owners have relinquished their pets that local shelters, like the Humane Society are full of them. Like most dogs, many pit bulls  make good pets.

In the summer of 1985, Tamarac City Commissioners adopted an ordinance which put tighter restrictions on pit bull dogs.

This ordinance requires pit bulls to be registered, confined, muzzled and for the owners’ to carry $1 million in liability insurance. Tamarac pit bull ordinance.

At the time, this ordinance may have been self-enforced with residents willingly showing proof of insurance and paying the $50 fee. But after nearly 30 years, just how many pit bulls are registered?

In March 2012, there were only six pit bulls registered at the city. Upon further research, one owner had moved.

So now only five pit bull owners have registered their dogs in the City of Tamarac.  This is in a city with 60,000 residents that is only 15 miles north of Miami-Dade County, a county where pit bulls remain banned after 23 years.

Shouldn’t there be 25 or even 45? I’ve seen six pit bulls just in my own neighborhood.

I doubt that many residents in Tamarac even know about the 1985 pit bull ordinance. And if they did, why would anyone voluntarily pay a registration fee plus carry hefty liability insurance if they could fly under the radar?

If homeowners don’t know about the ordinance, then you can be sure that renters don’t either.

Pit Bulls that have not been registered with the city are banned from the Gary B. Jones Dog Park. The sign tells visitors that not only must pit bulls be registered, but they must wear a muzzle. In the three years that I have been going to the park, I have never seen a pit bull owner muzzle their dog, and I’m sure many don’t have liability insurance.

Although the sign is posted in front, this ordinance is rarely, if ever, obeyed or enforced.

The ordinance may have been forward-thinking in its time, or possibly a knee-jerk reaction to a few incidents, but if it’s not going to be enforced, then it’s time to lose the law.

About Sharon Aron Baron

avatar Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


Follow on Twitter Find on Google+ View all Posts Visit Website
  • Absolutely do away with it! Breed ordinances are discriminatory, they do NOT address the real issue with ‘aggressive’ dogs/attacks, and they punish responsible, innocent people and pets!!!

  • Yovani

    I agree. It’s time to eradicate this ridiculous law!!!!

  • Fayclis

    Fact is this law is about ALL short haired medium sized MUTTS and these dogs could be from as many as 38 different breeds or more. To think that all dogs who MIGHT look similiar to another dog that has attacked anyone is darconian. There are NOW five worldwide studies from different universities and expert organizations showing these dogs to be NO more or less aggressive than ANY other dog. Media needs to find a new dog toy in which to pull people’s chains. BSL should be outlawed and thank goodness to date 12 states have done it. Time to end this modern day witch hunt.

  • This just points out Why Breed Specific Laws do Not Work. They are difficult to enforce, either do to ‘manpower’ or budgetary restraints. While this ordinance is on the books & not being enforced, there is no major public safety issues stemming from all dogs enjoying the outdoors & living among others. Hmmmmmm- Time to get the old law off the books like so many other forward thinking States, cities & towns.

  • suebrowcounty

    City of Hollywood used to have the same ordinance only they required 100.000 worth of liability insurance. The Courts found it unconstutional because it was arbitrary and capricious. If anyone gets cited just have them take it to court and cite the Hollywood case as case law and they will beat it. Now a mandatory spay/neuter law for all animals unless you purchase a breeders license from the city would work. It doesn’t target any specific breed. Also you can put in a provision that if you get a note from a licensed vet that spay will endanger the health of the animal that you won’t require the spay/neuter.