New Program Offers Free Sterilization For Pit Bull Breeds

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Michigan Humane Society is taking aim at a growing problem in metro Detroit — an overabundance of pit bulls.

WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports the Humane Society is starting a bold new program offering a certificate for free sterilization of any pit bull-type dog.

Spokesman Kevin Hatman said more than one-third of all dogs brought into the Humane Society Animal shelters are pit bulls, and he said it’s not just because they’re dangerous.

“There are a lot of breed bans out there, there is a lot of misconceptions about the breed, there are insurance exclusions that target the breed, and there are, of course, animals that are temperamentally unhealthy,” said Hatman.

Hatman said there is an economic factor at play as well. It’s just a reality that there are a lot of people out there who can’t afford to take care of their pets regardless of breed, he says.

The Humane Society says you just have to call and request a certificate for the free operation. They’ll also get updated shots and bloodwork for free.

Call 248-283-1000 for more information. Get details from the Michigan Humane Society here.

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