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Baseball Star Mark Buehrle Voices Opposition to BSL

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Mark Buehrle, the new pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has stepped up to the plate to help Pit Bull-type dogs who are dogged by canine profiling in Miami-Dade County.

A proud pet parent to four Fidos, including an adopted 18-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier names Slater, dog discrimination in Miami-Dade County meant that the baseball star moved his family to nearby Broward County when he became a member of the Marlins. Speaking out about the situation, Buehrle’s wife stated in her blog: “Slater is a member of our family. We had always agreed to make sure that wherever Mark ended up playing, Slater would be welcome. So, when Mark had the opportunity to sign with the Miami Marlins we were harshly confronted with Miami-Dade County’s 20-year-old pit bull terrier ban and immediately knew we would have to live a county over in Broward.”

“Mark and I are fortunate to have the resources to accommodate Slater,” she says “But it breaks our hearts that so many families are faced with losing their family pet simply because a local government has deemed their dog ‘dangerous’ based on nothing more than appearance. We can’t imagine ever having to give Slater up simply because a city says we can’t have him. Not only would we be distraught at that prospect, but our kids would be devastated.”

Slater with his Mom, Jamie Buehrle

Going to bat for the bully-type breeds who want nothing more than to stay on their ‘home team,’ the Buehrles have filmed a PSA for Best Friends Animal Society which asks Miami’s Rover-loving residents to support HB 997/SB 1322, which finally would overturn the breed discriminatory law.

Slater sleeping with the Buehrle’s four-year-old son:

Florida State Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman are sponsoring HB 997 and SB 1322 respectively, with the support of animal experts from Best Friends Animal Society. The bill has yet to be placed on the committee agenda in the Senate.

Slater with his barking brothers, Vizslas Diesel, Drake and Duke:

Dog devotees can show their support of the legislation by signing Jamie Buehrle’s petition at Change.org to end the Pit Bull ban in Miami-Dade County.

To read information about efforts to end BSL in Miami-Dade County on Best Friends Animal Society’s blog:

Photo Credit: PRWeb/Best Friends Animal Society

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.