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Spay, neuter one way to control pit bull population

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As an animal shelter volunteer, I can understand both sides of the debate surrounding pit bulls (“Two horse attacks spur pit bull debate,” Journal April 23). On the one hand, some pit bulls, when cared for by loving people, are friendly and gentle; on the other hand, pit bulls are also the most abused breed of dog — often sought out by thugs and dogfighters who beat, chain and starve them to make them attack. One way that Auburn could help prevent dog attacks as well as keep pit bulls out of the hands of cruel people is by passing a mandatory spay/neuter law for pit bulls — and all dogs. Dogs of any breed that haven’t been spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite. Such a law would also prevent more dogs from being born only to end up on the streets or euthanized in animal shelters for lack of homes. With 3 million to 4 million animals being euthanized in our country’s shelters every year, there is no reason to allow more dogs of any breed to be born. Lindsay Pollard-Post People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Norfolk, Va.