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Last chance! Ask Florida House Speaker Rep. Chris Sprowls to advance SB 614.

FL: Help keep pets and families together

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UPDATE 3/8/22: SB 614 has unanimously passed the Florida Senate! Please use the form on this page to make a call to House Speaker Rep. Sprowls and urge him to bring SB 614 to the House floor.

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Most Americans view their pets as members of the family — but particular dog breeds are currently restricted in public housing, forcing otherwise responsible pet owners to choose between their beloved pets and stable housing.

This includes a variety of popular breeds, such as boxers, German shepherds, Great Danes, American Staffordshire terriers, and any dogs over arbitrary weight limits, some as low as twenty pounds.

Such breed- and size-specific restrictions use government funds to force low-income families to either surrender their pets to animal shelters (at a cost to taxpayers) or to choose potentially unsafe/unstable housing.

Legislators were clear when they last amended Florida’s dangerous dog law (767.14): local government shall not be involved in telling people which breed of dog they may own. This should apply to all responsible pet owners, regardless of income.

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