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UPDATED Friday, March 21, 2014 --- 12:53 p.m.

From our news partner WIBA:

A successful week for the pit bull lobby in Madison.

A measure to require the breed be neutered or spayed at 5 months and older was tabled at this week's city council meeting, and now has quietly gone away.

John Strasser is the lead author. He says initially, the matter was set aside because of an already full agenda.

But then supporters got the sense it would be more politically advantageous to file it away and start over.

Strasser still feels something has to be done as there is an overpopulation of pit bulls in Madison, putting a stress on city services and shelters.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 1:46 a.m.

A vote on the pit bull ordinance in Madison has been tabled.

The ordinance would require mandatory spaying or neutering of pit bulls in the city. It would also require registration for all pit bull breeders.

Alder John Strasser, one of the authors of the ordinance, says it's a matter of overpopulation of pit bulls in the area and not an issue of breed discrimination.

Jeff Borchardc also supports the ordinance, but his reasoning is quite different. His 14-month-old son was killed by two pit bulls, last year.

Some opponents, though, say non-affordable mandatory spaying and neutering will lead to an increased animal intake at local shelters.

Meanwhile, folks like Perry Sandstrom, own of a pit bull, say the ordinance plays into an unfair stereotype. “I think it's dangerous to stereotype in any pit bull in any situation. And I just think it casts a bad light on this particular type of dog” says Sandstrom.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 --- 10:10 p.m.

A vote on a controversial pit bull ordinance is scheduled for tonight at the Madison Common Council meeting.

The ordinance would require mandatory spaying or neutering of pit bulls in the city. It would also require registration for all pit bull breeders.

Alder John Strasser, one of the authors of the ordinance, says it's a matter of overpopulation of pit bulls in the area and not an issue of breed discrimination.

Jeff Borchardc also supports the ordinance, but his reasoning is quite different. His 14-month-old son was killed by two pit bulls, last year.

Some opponents, though, say non-affordable mandatory spaying and neutering will lead to an increased animal intake at local shelters.

Meanwhile, folks like Perry Sandstrom, own of a pit bull, say the ordinance plays into an unfair stereotype. “I think it's dangerous to stereotype in any pit bull in any situation. And I just think it casts a bad light on this particular type of dog” says Sandstrom.

The council may push back a vote on the ordinance until April 22, due to a lengthy agenda at tonight's meeting.

Stay tuned to NBC 15 for updates.

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 12, 2014 --- 2:50 p.m.

In a release, The Dane Co. Humane Society says the organization is against a proposed Madison ordinance that would require pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.

The Humane Society says research in communities that have such measures does not show a decrease in pit bull populations. Organizers say the programs increased the number of dogs admitted to, housed and euthanized by animal shelters.

Alder John Strasser has said in the past that he had a problem with a backyard breeder in his district, and that the breed needs help. The Madison-Dane County Animals Services Unit has said over-population is causing the breed to fill up shelters and never get adopted.

The Humane Society recommends that resources for enforcement of a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for pit bulls should instead be directed to low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter options.

The release says the city will vote on the proposed ordinance during a March 18th meeting.

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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.
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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.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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