BEAUFORT COUNTY SC - THE PIT BULL PREDICAMENT: REQUIRED STERILIZATION CONSIDERED AS SHELTER BULGES AND BITES RACK UP
A visitor to the Beaufort County Animal Shelter might assume it only accepts pit bulls.
Roughly 90 percent of the dogs there are pit bulls or pit mixes, according to director Tallulah Trice. They pace in their cages for months, sometimes years, because of their reputation as being dangerous. That and other factors make them nearly impossible to adopt out.
Of the roughly 600 dogs taken in at the shelter so far this year, half are pit bulls and pit mixes. That includes American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers and American bulldogs. And of the 56 dogs that have been euthanized, nearly three of every four (41) were pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
Now a controversial Beaufort County proposal aims to lessen the pit bull population. If approved by County Council, all pit bull breeds and mixes would be required to be spayed/neutered and microchipped. The proposed ordinance has been discussed at the committee level in recent weeks and will soon go before the full County Council for consideration.
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