Monday, November 24, 2008
Salt Lake City, UT - In what may cause Best Friends to issue a press release in defense of pit bulls, and pit bull advocacy groups to create an online petition to shame an individual, Salt Lake County Animal Control officer, Julie Smith, points out an obvious question: "...what would animal services do without pit bulls? They account for the majority of our calls." The response comes after a pit bull recently locked his jaws around an innocent Chihuahua.
"Owners of pit bulls have got to start taking responsibility or the breed could be banned in Utah," Smith said. "We often chuckle, even though it not a joking matter, but what would animal services do without pit bulls? They account for the majority of our calls."If animal services did not have to cope with the pit bull problem, one might see a dramatic fall in shelter occupancy rates. Across the country, pit bulls commonly make up 40-60% of shelter space. Pit bulls often require individual kennels too. Due to their genetic "animal-aggression," a pit bull might attack and even kill a kennel mate. A reduction in the number of pit bulls would help lessen overcrowding in shelters, as well as, the number of pit bulls euthanized annually.
As Smith states, pit bulls currently use the lion share of animal control resources, which includes: shelter space, trucks sent out for impoundment and ticketing, special "aggression" training programs and equipment, endless bite and menacing reports (a single report may equal 10-20 pages) and personnel resources required to fulfill these tasks. A reduction in the number of pit bulls would free these resources to enforce existing laws such as: leash, scoop and barking.
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| 11/24/2008 11:56 PM |
AC officers might actually have time to enforce existing animal laws like leash laws, scoop laws and noise laws.
Cities and counties might actually save money by not having to pay overtime while their ACOs work their normal hours for a change.
Maybe ACOs could actually work on education and prevention if they weren't so exhausted and overworked dealing with the pit overpopulation.
| 11/25/2008 8:38 AM |
We don't really have a pet overpopulation problem in this country, we have a pit bull overpopulation problem. Without pits, there would be plenty of room for shelters in populated areas to take in dogs from shelters in rural areas with higher kill rates. There would be more time and more money for so many other aspects of animal control. Which is why I have no problem with requiring owners of pits to pay high license fees - they should pay the most as they are using the most resources.
| 11/26/2008 12:45 PM |
It can be easily quantified, again and again, that pit bulls and their mixes drain resources from AC departments and humane groups all over the country. You can randomly choose any shelter in almost any metropolitan area anywhere in this country, and count the number of pit bull type dogs in available for adoption...they make up, usually, at least 25% of all shelter dogs, and in some areas over 50%. And that doea not include the vast numbers that have to be euthanized, nor does it include the large numbers that end up with private, "pit bull rescue" groups.
The problem is enormous, but the dog fighters and breeders have been successful at fighting all reasonable regulations on these dogs.