ROBESON COUNTY NC - "PIT BULLS....THEY CONTINUE TO BREED THEM AND THEY CONTINUE TO BE SOUGHT", SAYS BILL SMITH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH, "WE WANT TO CHANGE ADOPTION POLICIES...WE HAVE TOO MANY PIT BULLS IN THE COUNTY"
LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – News13 reported Thursday that a Pembroke woman was attacked and seriously hurt by a pit bull on Wednesday. She’s still recovering at Duke Hospital, but she had extensive damage to her arms.
However, this isn’t the first attack of this sort we’ve covered recently in Robeson County.
Just three weeks ago on March 26th authorities say a pit bull bit a four-year-old child in the face on 11th Street in Lumberton.
Just like the dog in the attack in Pembroke, that dog was put down. Then back on January 24th a dog attack killed a seven-year-old, Talen West, at a home on Odum Road near Lumberton.
Since the beginning of the year there have been four separate pit bull attacks in Robeson County
“Almost half of our animals are pit bulls. We have too many pit bulls in the county,” said Bill Smith, Director of Public Health in Robeson County.
Smith says that in four years they have had 114 animals declared vicious, 57 of them pit bulls.
Last year there were 37 animals declared vicious and so far this year 14 has been considered the same.
“They continue to breed them and they continue to be highly sought. What we are really going to attempt to do is limit the ones coming out of the shelter,” smith stated.
The Robeson County Board of Health wants to change the adoption policies in the county involving pit bull puppies.
“What we will do is give [pit bull puppies] those rescue groups and have them leave area rather than having them come back and repopulate our population.”
The Board of Health will meet soon to discuss the policy change.