§ 5-17.1. Definition and identification of a pit bull dog.  

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  • (a)

    The term "pit bull dog" as used within this article shall refer to any dog which exhibits those distinguishing characteristics which:


    Substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club for American Staffordshire Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers; or


    Substantially conform to the standards established by the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers.


    The Standards of the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club referred to in subsection (a) above, are attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as "Exhibit A" and shall remain on file with the Animal Services Division of the Public Works Department of Miami-Dade County.


    Technical deficiencies in the dog's conformance to the standards described in subsection (b) shall not be construed to indicate that the subject dog is not a "pit bull dog" under this article.


    Testimony by a veterinarian, zoologist, animal behaviorist, or animal control officer that a particular dog exhibits distinguishing physical characteristics of a pit bull shall establish a rebuttable presumption that the dog is a pit bull.

(Ord. No. 89-22, § 3, 4-4-89)