City of Madison Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Ordinance
More Discussion Needed: Ordinance must balance societal needs with the interest of animals.
MADISON, WI – Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) had an opportunity to see the proposed pit bull terrier spay and neuter ordinance for the first time on Friday, January 31, 2014, and is presently analyzing the legislation to determine its efficacy.
As a private, not for profit animal shelter affected by all legislation directed at animal welfare in Dane County, DCHS believes that such ordinances must balance societal needs with the interests of the animals. In general, DCHS’s does not favor “breed specific” legislation as more fully explained in this DCHS Legislation Banning Specific Breeds position statement: http://www.giveshelter.org/images/stories/about_us/Legislation_Banning_Specific_Breeds_2011_12_21_FINAL.pdf
“We welcome the opportunity to be more involved in assisting the City of Madison and Dane County in its regulatory efforts on this issue and will look to other organizations that have studied the issue of mandatory spay/neuter programs, including the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), American Humane Association, Best Friends Animal Society, and others,” says Gayle Viney, DCHS Public Relations Coordinator. “Until the ordinance is fully understood and examined, DCHS has no further comment at this time,” says Viney.