COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – A proposed bill could prove costly for Pit Bull owners.
The bill aims to slow Pit Bull population growth by requiring owners to choose to spay and neuter their dog or pay a $500 registration fee.
According to the bill, Pit Bulls are the most desired breed for dog fighting and are dying at a higher rate in local animal shelters than any other breed in the state.
Alan Berger, the director at Pet Helpers, says something has to be done to ease the stress on shelters.
“It’s sad that that needs to happen to dogs that can really be very popular and make great family pets,” he said. “But, it’s also something that is really necessary – the cost and emotional baggage of what is going on with pit bulls in the state is enormous. Something has to be done to be able to slow down breeding.”
If passed, violators could face up to a year in prison.
Pet Helpers will be offering discounted spay and neutering for all Pit Bulls throughout the month of March.