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County considers pit bull population control

June 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is taking a serious look at an ordinance to require pit bull type dogs to be spayed or neutered.First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt worked with the county's Animal Care & Control Division to create the proposed ordinance. Mitzelfelt says the public is clearly concerned about the overpopulation of pit bull type dogs in the county.

He said, "The ordinance will control the pit bull population and keep the county from having to house and eventually destroy so many of these dogs."

The ordinance would require all owners of pit bulls over the age of four months to have their dogs spayed or neutered. Additionally, all such dogs used for breeding and housed in a licensed dog kennel will be required to be licensed.

California state law prohibits any breed of dog which is deemed potentially dangerous or vicious. State law also allows local agencies to enact breed-specific programs for spaying and neutering to control over-population.

Pit bull-type dogs represent 20 percent of all dogs admitted to San Bernardino County animal shelters. They are one of the top three breeds impounded at county shelters, and are the number one breed to be euthanized.

For more information, or to access San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control services, call 1-800-472-5609, or visit the division's website at SBCounty.gov/acc.

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