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City of Riverside joins county in requiring pit bull sterilizations (Poll)

A photo of a pit bull taken at the Pasadena Humane Society on Sept. 24, 2013.
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A photo of a pit bull mix taken at the Pasadena Humane Society on Sept. 24, 2013.

The city of Riverside has joined the county in requiring owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes to have their dogs spayed or neutered, according to The Press-Enterprise.

The ordinance, passed Tuesday night, includes exceptions for registered breeders, animals too sick to be sterilized, and law enforcement.

“This doesn’t keep anybody from having a pit bull. It doesn’t keep anybody from breeding a pit bull,” Councilman Mike Gardner told The Press-Enterprise.

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The pit bull rule will be enforced by Riverside County animal control, which contracts with the city for animal services.

County supervisors unanimously approved a similar rule on Oct. 8, but that ordinance only applied to unincorporated areas of Riverside County. Cities must decide on their own whether to follow suit.


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