Mandatory Spay/Neuter Of Pit Bulls Under Consideration In Riverside County

The spay/neuter issue will be put to the supervisors April 9 during the regularly scheduled board meeting.


UPDATE April 8 at 1:14 p.m.: Claiming that Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes significantly impact the health and safety of residents and their pets, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services is recommending the board of supervisors mandate spay and neuter of the dogs in all unincorporated areas.

In addition to health and safety concerns, the Department of Animal Services states that Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes represent 20 percent of the dogs it impounds. Once the animals are impounded, they have “ according to the recommendation from the department’s director Robert Miller.

“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,” Miller’s recommendation reads.

John Welsh, spokesman for the department, said Monday that Miller had been asked by the board to make the recommendation.

The spay/neuter issue will be put to the supervisors April 9 during the regularly scheduled board meeting. If the supervisors vote in favor of the recommendation, owners in unincorporated areas will be required to have their animals sterilized.

In October 2005, then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzegger signed into law SB 861, which allows cities and counties to adopt breed-specific spay and neuter ordinances. According to the bill’s text, the aim of the law is to eliminate uncontrolled and irresponsible pet breeding as long as local jurisdictions don't declare any dog breed or mixed breed as being “potentially dangerous or vicious.”

In Southwest Riverside County, a search through municipal codes for the cities of Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar finds no ordinances pertaining to Pit Bulls. Currently, all four cities contract for animal control services through Southwest Communities Animal Shelter in Wildomar.

Vince April 09, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Well Usual, if ya wanna own a dog with a dangerous potential, the premium should be considered, yeah huh?. And if ya don't wanna pay the Pit Price, get a forkin' Poodle instead. Fact is, i couldn't give TWO shiats about who owns Pits, unless of course someone has one that hurts family member, friend, or one of my critters, then the gloves are OFF.
Tene Bane July 18, 2013 at 06:32 PM
THATS WRONG TO MANDATE FIXING ONLY PITBULLS! many pitbulls are very friendly, its the the breed's fault that the owner trains some to be mean, after the pitbulls gone then they would just keep going down on the list banning the next most used in dog fighting breed, PUNISH THE ABUSIVE OWNERS NOT THE BREED! put in a law that says its illegal to let 2 unsterilized dogs/(overpopulated types of animals) within breeding range, dogs can breed thru fence, so it must be at least 1 foot apart. each time someone is caught letting 2 unsterilizted dogs within breeding range, force them to sterilize all the pets they ever own forever(except pets who are medically ineldegiable due to being alergic to anesthsia, to young, or too unhealthy), fine them $40,000 (calculated by the adv cost to care for a litter for their life time), then use that $ for sterilization and careing for animals, not for uthanization, make them do comminty service so many hours at their local animal shelter, and make them promote and adverstise sterilization and adoption. dont punish them for haveing pregnante dogs or puppies other wise they will kill the puppies or the mother dog to avoid punishment. require they care for all dogs they own otherwise arrest them and charge them with neglect, and fine them. why not just fix them and let them free in the country? strays i know seemly do fine, except they might get flees and worms
DB July 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Perhaps they should consider spaying anyone with 2 kids and is on welfare since they cannot take care of themselves......


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