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So. Cal. community to look at requiring pit bull sterilization

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA)– Riverside County officials on Tuesday are expected to consider a proposal that would require the sterilization of pit bulls and pit bull mixes in unincorporated areas.

A hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., when county supervisors will revisit an ordinance that they initially approved by a 5-0 vote on Sept. 24.

The law would mandate the sterilization of pit bulls aged 4 months and older, with exceptions for service animals, law-enforcement dogs and those owned by licensed breeders.

Violators of the ordinance would face a possible misdemeanor charge and a fine.

PitbullThe hearing comes one day after an 8-year-old victim of a dog attack was released from the hospital.

James Hernandez was reportedly riding his bike in Corona on Sept. 14 when he was mauled by two Australian shepherd-pit bull mixes.

On Sept. 23, 2-year-old Samuel Zamudio was killed by five pit bull mixes at the home of a relative in Colton.

One in five dogs in Riverside County animal shelters are pit bills or pit bull mixes, officials say.

From KTLA.com 

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3 comments

  • esco

    In SoCali that's a good idea. Half the pits people own are guard dogs at family homes, many times with children living there. And what happens when those guard dogs gets loose?
    There's hundreds of news articles out there that will give you that answer. If the owners can't contain their dogs, then something drastic has to happen for the greater good of the public.

  • Lizz

    Punish the owners not the breed. Education needs to beet legislation here! Pitbulls are one of the most loving, compassionate, and loyal breeds if treated/trains properly. It's not their fault that their owners are irresponsible.