The Real Deal Miami

New Marlins pitcher banned from Miami

January 06, 2012 03:45PM

Mark Buehrle and a Staffordshire terrier in Miami

The Miami Marlins welcomed much-needed veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle with open arms and high hopes last month after inking him to a four-year, $54 million deal. The same can’t be said for Miami-Dade county.

A noted animal lover, Buehrle has an 18-month old Staffordshire terrier named Slater, who is considered a type of pitbull by the county, which has had a ban on such pets since 1989, according to the Miami New Times. As a result, one of the Marlins‘ two biggest offseason acquisitions can’t even enjoy living in the city for which he’s paid so lavishly to pitch. Instead, Buehrle chose to live in southern Broward County.

“It’s kind of ridiculous that because of the way a dog looks, people will ban it,” he said. “Slater would never do anything harmful.” [Miami New Times]