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Riverside County Could Require Sterilization for all Pit Bulls, Including Mixes

American Pit Bull Terrier (Photo by Sergey Lavrentev via Shutterstock)
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In Riverside County, officials have begun work to assemble a proposed ordinance that would require pit bulls and pit bull mixes be sterilized.

The Press-Enterprise has details from a staff report created in the effort to launch the work to draft the ordinance for consideration:

“Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes significantly impact the healthy and safety of Riverside residents and their pets. The media is constantly reporting the incidents of human injury and death from attacks by this type of canine. Additionally, this breed of dog represents 20% of the dogs impounded by the department and historically has very low redemption or adoption rates. “This proposal would mandate the sterilization of all Pit Bull type dogs. Reducing the fertility of this segment of the dog population is the only effective way to mitigate these negative impacts on the County and its residents.”

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services is putting forth the proposal, which is up for discussion next week, on Tuesday April 9, at the Board of Supervisors meeting.