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Best Friends Animal Society Applauds the Florida Senate for Passing SB 614

Kanab, UT – Best Friends Animal Society applauds the Florida Senate for passing SB 614. This bill, sponsored by Miami-Dade Senator Ileana Garcia, repeals a 30-year-old breed ban on pit bull terriers and prevents Public Housing Authorities from banning dogs based upon how they look, ending decades of government policies that forced families to choose between their pets and their home.

“Thank you, Senator Garcia, for your leadership on this issue and thank you to the entire Florida Senate for standing up for Florida families and their beloved pets,” said Julie Castle, Best Friends Animal Society CEO. “These policies are outdated and ineffective and I am relieved to see them finally being repealed. I hope to see the House continue this leadership and pass legislation quickly.”

SB 614 and HB 721, the companion House bill filed by Representative Buchanan, are critical for finally ending unproven and outdated policies that do nothing but fuel misinformation on dog breeds and result in ripping families apart from their beloved pets. With SB 614 passed in the Senate, the legislation now rests in the hands of the House.

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About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a national nonprofit organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,600 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.