Metro Animal Care and Control previously euthanized all pit bull-looking dogs rather than place them in the adoption cages. But the new reprieve only extends to puppies for now.
According to The Tennessean, "In 2012, 78 percent of the animals brought to Metro Animal Care and Control were put to death. In response, advocates started an online petition, which now has more than 10,000 signatures."
These changes to the 'pit bull' policy were announced Wednesday at an Advisory Council Meeting. They were confirmed on Thursday.
"The Health Department was most apprehensive about the pit bull change," said Sarah Martin who was excited to hear the news. She thought it would be a longer, tougher fight.
In addition to the adoption of puppies, adult pit bulls will have the chance to be adopted starting in September. That is, if they pass a behavioral test and have no history of aggression. Employees will begin training to perform the required test.