A lawsuit has been filed in attempt to lift a nearly 30-year-old ban on pit bulls and similar breeds throughout Miami-Dade County.

The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, in partnership with Blues for Vets, filed the suit Wednesday. 

"We proceeded in this manner as we were left with no other alternatives," the MCABSL wrote in a post. 

"We shall continue to work with both Miami-Dade Animal Services and Miami-Dade County as we always have."

The law imposed in 1989 indicates that if someone in Miami-Dade owns or keeps a pit bull, they could face a $500 fine and the animal could be court-ordered to be moved out of the county.

The ban applies to the: 

  • American Pit Bull Terrier 
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • All mixes of those breeds