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Lake Elsinore Considers Adopting Pit Bull Sterilization Ordinance

The city is looking to follow in the footsteps of the county.

This 2-year-old pitbull named Goliath was signed over for humane euthanasia following an attack on a man near Lake Elsinore on Feb. 11, 2014. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
This 2-year-old pitbull named Goliath was signed over for humane euthanasia following an attack on a man near Lake Elsinore on Feb. 11, 2014. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
Lake Elsinore city officials will discuss Tuesday adopting an ordinance that would require residents spay or neuter their dogs if they are pit bulls.


"While the majority of pit bull owners are responsible and take appropriate measures to ensure that their dogs do not have unwanted offspring, there is a need to mitigate the large number of unwanted pit bulls in the City," a staff report prepared by City Manager Grant Yates states.  "The proposed ordinance mandates the spaying and neutering of Pit Bull Breeds, with reasonable exceptions for certain cases, such as certified breeders or assistance dogs."

According to that staff report, county officials have found pit bulls make up a "disproportionately high number" of unwanted dogs in the area-- accounting for approximately 20 percent of all dogs in local shelters and 30 percent of euthanized canines.

"The Department of Animal Services for Riverside County has found that Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes significantly impact the health and safety of residents and their pets," the staff report adds.

Yates referenced an attack last month on a man near Lake Elsinore, who was hospitalized with major injuries when he was attacked by multiple pit bulls.

If the council makes this ordinance law, then violators would be fined $100 the first time they are caught with unaltered pit bulls, up to $200 for the second offense, and up to $500 for the third and each subsequent offense.

In October 2013, the county of Riverside enacted a similar ordinance, requiring any pit bull over 4 months old to be spayed or neutered unless an owner can qualify his or her animal for one of five exemptions. 



 



Bd March 12, 2014 at 04:59 PM
You may be on to something Sarah! powersurges told me to 'Google' some education, so I did. Granted this is an older article from the CDC, it nonetheless shows that the numbers at that time were very bad for the Pits' reputation.... http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/images/dogbreeds-a.pdf
Average American March 12, 2014 at 05:04 PM
So lets see, when a 2 inch delta smelt is given priority over water for humans it is ok but when an animal is discriminated against it dosent count because it is just an animal? So , I guess it is ok to discriminate against animals if it fits in with an agenda? The hypocrisy is just astounding with some people.
powersurges March 12, 2014 at 05:24 PM
@BD - I wasn't sure you were being literal or not... So Thank you for clarifying! Then I take my remark back from you!
ChrisG March 12, 2014 at 06:42 PM
@powersurges, I only want to kill dogs that attack innocent people. I have no problem with a dog protecting it's owner and owners property from malicious intruders. If a dog attacks a person under other circumstances (like that Akita at Lowes last month or so) I want it put down. If there are strays they need to be rounded up and put down if they cannot be adopted out. I do not care about the breed. Dogs that are threats to humans under these circumstances should be killed. Why is this such a difficult concept to grasp? You tried to make an analogy to humans. We incarcerate or kill humans that commit heinous crimes. Are you suggesting we lock up dogs for life? Crazy. These arguments that it is the owners fault for not properly training/caring for the animal are true but we have to deal with the animal.
Kelly March 13, 2014 at 04:47 AM
Alek claims one of his hobbies is "professional pit bull hunting." come near my pit and we'll see who walks away!!!

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