Pit bull population on the rise due to over-breeding issues, more get euthanized

Humane agencies and rescue groups both agree the local pit bull population is nearly out of control.

They say part of the issues stem from over-breeding and too many of the dogs are victimized, abandoned or trained to fight.

Shelters are being overrun with pit bulls, and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a no-kill shelter, but so many pit bulls wind up euthanized at other shelters.

“It’s horrible. And there’s really no way to stop it other than spay and neuter,” said Blake Jordan of Miami Valley Pit Crew.

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Being a pit bull lover, Jordan said it’s painful to see what happens to many dogs of the breed.

“Over-breeding is a huge issue,” he said.

In the past several weeks, several pit bull attacks have occurred.

The Miami Valley Pit Crew rescues and works with adoptable pit bulls, and they say owners need to be more responsible.

Pit bulls can have two litters of 14 dogs each a year and many are not spayed or neutered.

“The problem is the over-breeding the dogs and that most people think they’re a novelty item,” said Jordan.

Heather Concannon, the Humane Agent for Montgomery County, agreed with Jordan.

“I think a behavior is getting worse course only because people continue to breed and it’s really sad because we see so many animals that are being destroyed that need homes,” she said.

Concannon also says the public needs to change their perceptions of pit bulls to show people raising one responsibly takes work.

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