New Spay/Neuter Requirement For Pit Bull Owners

Under a new ordinance in Southern California’s San Bernadino County, owners of pit bulls or pit bull mixes would be required to spay or neuter dogs more than 4 months old.

Owners who fail to do so would face a $100 fine for the first offense and stiffer fines for future offenses.

For owners suffering financial hardship, the county will provide vouchers to help pay for the procedures.

Along with the two deaths, four other attacks by pit bulls have been reported in the county since January.

The ordinance provides exemptions for some licensed dog breeders and pure breeds, including American pit bull terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers, recognized by the American Kennel Club and other national dog registries.

Critics of the ordinance say many of the owners responsible for the attacks abuse or fail to properly care for their dogs; such people already ignore licensing requirements and will likely do the same with the spay-and-neutering law.

A final vote on the ordinance is scheduled for July.

Source: LA Times

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