SPCA Offers Help to Pit Bull Owners
Bay Area, CA - Animal advocates say there are too many pit bulls showing up in shelters. More than 30 percent of all dogs brought in to shelters are pit bulls.
"All of our shelters in our area are very concerned about the number of pit bulls we see coming to our shelters," says Eliza Fried, East Bay SPCA.
The East Bay SPCA is taking part in the Bay Area 'Pit Fix Week'. It's one of eight shelters hoping to help solve the problem by offering free spay and neutering. The program was created due to the overpopulation of pit bulls.
Last year, a San Francisco ordinance took effect requiring pit bull owners to spay or neuter and to get breeding permits. The ordinance stemmed from the fatal attack of 12-year old Nick Fabish, who was killed by his family's two pet pit bulls, and for the attack on 10-year old Shawn Jones, who was nearly mauled to death by three pit bulls while riding his bike.
The SPCA and other rescue workers hope a little free surgery goes a long way in cutting down the number of pit bulls.