Breed to Kill

In 1987, weeks after a 7-year-old girl barely survived a brutal attack by a neighbor's pit bull, Miami-Dade became the one of the first counties in the nation to ban the entire breed of dog.The law remains on the books today, even as it's earned the scorn of everyone from the Humane Society to the American Veterinary Medical Association. As we wrote last year, the ban is expensive, impossible to enforce and leads to the death of hundreds of dogs that probably aren't even pit bulls. In 2008 alone, Miami-Dade officials confiscated more than 800 dogs under the law and euthanized more than 650. Now a filmmaker from Tennessee hopes to change that. Libby R. Sherrill, a former HGTV producer turned indie director, has made a documentary called Behind the Myth that looks at pit bull bans in Miami, Denver and Cincinnati and at recent attempts to draft a ban in San Francisco.
Sat., June 12, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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