DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The new community known as “The Bridges” is receiving rave reviews not just from new homeowners, but from parents who are thrilled that the community — and its sibling “Seven Bridges” — will be a safe haven from dangerous dogs.
Documents obtained by BocaNewsNow.com reveal that builder GL Homes has included the following language in its homeowners association documents:
“Under no circumstances shall a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Presa Canario or Dangerous Dog be permitted on the Property. As used in the declaration, a Pit Bull is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Straffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying a majority of the physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds…
A “Dangerous Dog” is defined as a dog which meets any one of the following criteria: has aggressively bitten, attacked, endangered or has inflicted severe injury on a human being at ay time whether on or off the Property, hs severely injured or killed a domestic animal at any time whether on or off the Property, or has when unprovoked chased or approached any person upon the Streets, Drives, Roads, Avenues, Roadways and/or Sidewalks, or any other portion of the Property in a menacing fashion…
Also banned: barking.
If any pet becomes obnoxious by barking or otherwise, the owner of the pet shall cause the problem to be corrected. If the problem is not corrected, then the owner, upon written notice from the Association, shall be required to dispose of the animal.
While the language could change once the builder “turns over” the community to homeowners, it is unlikely to do so. An informal poll of area HOAs shows that many others have adopted or are considering the adoption of similar rules and parents of small children applaud the bans.
While Pit Bulls are legal in Palm Beach County, the county reserves the authority to destroy the animal after one attack.
Sales are brisk at The Bridges and Seven Bridges, where homes range from $600,000 to well over $2,000,000.
What’s your HOA doing about barking or dangerous dogs? Comments are back…