On Tuesday, the Riverside County, Calif., Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to impose mandatory sterilization for all pit bulls, reported Wednesday's NBC Los Angeles.
The plan mandates the spay and neuter of dogs, aged four months and beyond, who are designated as "pit bulls," including Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and American Stafford terriers.
Though the primary drive behind the new measure stems from recent attacks by pit bulls in the area, county officials also note the disproportionate number of pit bull type dogs who are homeless in the area.
Referencing the staggering number of pit bulls who are destroyed in area animal control facilities each year, Jeff Stone, Riverside County Supervisor, stated:
"I feel sorry for these animals that we have to kill every year where don't adopt them because they fear these dogs,"
Some individuals will be exempt from the new law, including registered breeders.
Pit bull owners who choose not to sterilize their dogs will face misdemeanor charges.
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