Riverside County Sups to Debate Mandatory Pit Bull Sterilization
RIVERSIDE - The Riverside County Board of Supervisors are debating today whether the county should require all pit bull dogs over 4 months age be sterilized.
A proposed ordinance on the matter ties the proposal to the desire to reduce the number of unwanted pit bull dogs within the county. The Riverside County Department of Animal services reports as many as 30% of dogs put down in county shelters are pit bulls.
Pit Bull breeders complain the breed has been unfairly targeted and "sensationalized" by hysteria over attacks on people by the breed.
Animal Services first brought the idea for the ordinance to the supervisors in April. It's not clear if the supervisors will actually make a decision on the proposed ordinance Tuesday.
If approved, the ordinance would only apply to unincorporated communities, though area cities could choose to adopt the county measure.