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Anonymous karen  |  11/24/2008 11:56 PM  |  Flag  
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.

Anonymous bluesmom  |  11/25/2008 8:27 AM  |  Flag  
Animal Control Officer Julie Smith's honesty is a breath of fresh air.

Anonymous Jersey  |  11/25/2008 8:38 AM  |  Flag  
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.

Anonymous Anonymous  |  11/26/2008 12:45 PM  |  Flag  
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.

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