What are your thoughts on this? – breed specific spay/neuter

Heritage.com out of Michigan is reporting the Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring “all pit bull owners to spay or neuter their pets.”

The local Humane Society of Huron Valley supports the measure, indicating there are multiple problems in the area relating to an overpopulation of pit bulls, backyard breeding, aggressive animals, and dog fighting.

HSHV also noted 239 pit bulls from the Township were taken in by the organization last year. And the Heritage.com piece states – “most of which had to be euthanized because they are a difficult breed to adopt.”

Some people speaking out against the measure expressed concerns with breed-specific legislation.

And from the story – “” But others who commented during the meeting had concerns about how the ordinance would be enforced, and identifying the breed, which includes American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and any dog displaying the physical traits of these breeds. “”

This one’s gonna take some thought before I comment on it. I’ve been batting it back and forth, but wanted to go ahead and post it for your attention. If it’s going to be mandatory spay/neuter, should it be for all dog breeds?

But going back to the first paragraph of this post, I think the writer might want to rethink that sentence. Is it that the board wants pit bull owners to spay and neuter their pit bulls or all of their pets? But then again, we need to all be about spay and neuter – shouldn’t we? – until homelessness is no longer a problem.


4 responses to this post.

  1. I believe all dogs and cats should be spayed/neutered. There are so many cats and dogs desperate for homes in our shelters. I, however, do not believe it should be forced against one particular breed. All or none!
    Thank-you; Gayle


  2. Actually, it’s owner specific neuter/spay we’d favor around here. The poor dogs can’t help that they’re owned by idiots.


    • Posted by Tom Grady on October 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      So let me make sure of what we’re talking about here. That’s mandatory spay/neuter for people who abuse or neglect their animals.
      That sounds like a reasonable solution.


      • Posted by Robert Cameron on October 23, 2010 at 7:35 am

        Those who abuse/neglect their pets will be least likely to adhere to the law. If they’re already negligent adherence will require intervention by township officials. The following quote from the Ypsilanti Courier article noted:

        “[In] San Francisco, … the Humane Society actually saw an increase in pit bull intakes. Instead of spaying or neutering their animals, people let them go.”

        I believe incentives and ordinances should be used to promote neuter/spay of all domestic pets. Make city tags less expensive for neutered pets, offer low cost neuter/spay opportunities regularly (get a mobile clinic and go into targeted neighborhoods), educate school children, especially in problem areas, of the suffering caused by overpopulation, neglect, etc.

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