UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 --- 6:24 p.m.
Getting your dog spayed or neutered might not be an option anymore, that is if you have a pit bull. One Madison Alder is trying to require that the breed be regulated.
Backyard breeding is to blame according to the Madison-Dane County Animals Services Unit. They say over-population is causing the breed to fill up shelters and never get adopted.
The ordinance will be introduced at tomorrow nights City Council meeting by Alder John Strasser. It says any pit bull older than 5 months will have to be fixed.
The proposal comes after Strasser says he had a problem with a backyard breeder in his district. After looking further into the problem, he says the breed needs help.
The ordinance is just being proposed tomorrow, it will still have to pass through the public safety and the board of health committees before being voted on.
The Dane County Humane Society is not taking a stance on the ordinance. They say in general they do not support "breed specific" legislation.
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 --- 6:46 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison alderman wants to require all pit bulls over the age of five months to be spayed or neutered.
Alderman John Strasser tells the Wisconsin State Journal the local overpopulation of pit bulls is putting stress on the Dane County Humane Society and the city's animal services officers.
More than half of the dogs euthanized at the humane society from 2010 to 2012 were pit bulls.
The ordinance does allow for specific exceptions for documented show dogs or service dogs. Enforcement would be on a complaint basis.
The proposal is scheduled to go before the city council Tuesday. It will be studied by a couple of committees and, if supported, it could be in effect by March.
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