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ASPCA offers free pit bull vasectomies

In my area, shelters are filled with Pit Bulls and Pit-mixes. The breed makes up a large percentage of the 50,000 homeless pets that enter New York City shelters each year. Sometimes it feels like all 50,000 homeless pets that enter New York City shelters each year are Pits. 

 
To help reduce the number of homeless Pit Bulls in New York, the ASPCA recently launched a new initiative called Operation Pit.
 
According to Louise Murray, director of medicine for the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Hospital, Pit Bulls tend to have litters of 10 to 11 puppies at a time, so spaying and neutering can really get to the root of the problem.
 
In addition to the birth control benefits, there are many health reasons to spay or neuter. Many diseases common in Pit Bull and Pit-mixes—such as breast cancer, infected uterus, and enlarged prostates—can be prevented by spaying and neutering.
 
Operation Pit also offers vasectomies for male dogs, a less invasive surgery that doesn’t alter a male dog’s physical appearance. I’m a big advocate of spaying and neutering, but have met more than a few people over the years who avoid neutering because they don’t want their pet to “lose their manhood.” Offering the vasectomies will help, though unfortunately the procedure doesn’t have the health benefits of neutering. 
 
All Pit Bulls and Pit-mixes between the ages of three months to six years are eligible to participate in Operation Pit. Participating dogs will also receive a complimentary veterinary check-up, vaccinations and a microchip. For more information about Operation Pit, call 877-900-PITS (7487) or visit the ASPCA website.

 

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by kim | January 15 2011 |

hi my name is kim and i need ur help ,i have a 15yr old rednose pitbull she is 100%blind and has diabetes ,i love her wit all my heart i found her tied up in the projects 13 yrs ago ,i dont have kids she is my only kid ,but i have 2 friends on facebook that have to get rid of there pit bulls ,i cant take them cause i cant upset my dog she is set in her own ways now, but these dogs have no warm places to sleep they r really good dogs i have to help them i love the breed ,i dont want to see them freeze to death it is in the teens in si at night can u please help them please

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