Operation Pit to continue with changes

Jul 02, 2014
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Haywood Spay/Neuter is resuming its Operation Pit Program until the end of 2014 to encourage the spay/neutering of owned pit and pit/mixes.

“Unfortunately, grant funds for this project are non-existent at this point,” said Connie Hewitt, president. “But we felt it necessary to continue this program to help bring down the shelter intake of pits and subsequent euthanasia of this breed.

However, the program will undergo some changes in order for it to remain in operation. Operation Pit will provide free surgeries, rabies and microchips for pit/mix owners who are on government assistance programs or under the 300 percent of the U.S. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines per household. Owners above these guidelines will have to pay $50 that covers surgery and rabies vaccination.

In 2013, 236 pit/mixes entered the shelter and 94 were euthanized or 40 percent of this particular breed of dog. Because the breed’s stereotype, adopters are reluctant to adopt pit/mixes.

“So far we have provided surgeries for 291 pit/mixes,” said Linda Sexton, vice president. “We need to keep Operation Pit going because most pit owners need help when it comes to neutering their pets. So far, 98 pits had owners on government assistance and 165 had owners below the 300 percent poverty income level. We’d definitely welcome donations directed towards this program.”

All pit/mix owners signing up for Operation Pit during the month of July will be entered in a special drawing for a gift certificate for Fat Buddies.

Call 452-1329 for more information.

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