Superstar Pitcher Is Not Allowed to Move to Miami with a 'Pit Bull'

Superstar Pitcher Is Not Allowed to Move to Miami with a 'Pit Bull'
Welcome to Miami, not so much...Mark Buerhle and Slater

When Mark played for the White Sox in Chicago, Mark and Jamie Buehrle were much involved with animal welfare related issues. Jamie was hands-on arguably more than most player wives. It's clear this couple cares.

As a few consider Pit Bull bans in Chicago and/or elsewhere - maybe they will take note. For all his multi-millions Buehrle's tax dollars aren't about to help in Miami - he's not willing to give up his dog(s) or the prospect of getting another dog to replace the family's adopted American Staffordshire Terrier, Slater. The American Staffordshire Terrier falls under the Pit Bull ban that's been in place in Miami-Dade County since 1989.

I can't tell you how many Chicagoans would move AWAY from the city if there were to be a Pit Bull ban here. Even if their dogs are grandfathered in...some would move, because there would be no prospect of rescuing others....The ones who would move are those who care about their dogs the most (obviously), and are likely well socialized dogs. You see, that's the thing about Pit Bull bans. You are penalizing 100% for the actions of a miniscule percentage.

Do public officials not believe people would move to save their dogs' lives? Well, public officials with dogs know they would do the same for their own dogs.  And now people with a Pit or just a dog they fear could be identified as a Pit Bull-type dog who can never move to a town with a breed ban.

By the way, Miami has not benefited at all, nor has Denver - Cities with the highest profiles with bans. Meanwhile, Miami is leading in foreclosures, and needs people to move there.  Crime has not declined, dog attacks have not declined....What do these bans prove? More recent bans - or attempts - have been met with a myriad of lawsuits. Cities must pay for going to court, repeatedly.

The Buehrles have three other dogs — Viszlas named Diesel, Drake and Duke (they don't at all look like Put Bulls to me, they're not terriers - but there are instances of other breeds including this one being mistaken for Pit mixes) — and their fourth dog is adopted Slater, after Jamie fell in love with him during work with an animal rescue group.  By all accounts all are well socialized and friendly. And now you are penalizing a person for rescuing a dog - how is that ethically right? And if Jamie and Mark didn't rescue, the alternative might have been euthanasia - which does have a cost associated.

Jamie and Mark began Sox for Strays in Chicago, an outgrowth of Dog Days - which I started many years ago, and brought in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association as a partner.

Mark told the Miami Herald, "It's kind of ridiculous that because of the way a dog looks, people will ban it. Every kind of dog has good and bad, and that depends on the handlers. If you leave a dog outside all the time, it'll be crazy. Slater would never do anything harmful.''

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