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Caddo commissioner wants pit bull owners to be required to spay/neuter their dogs

Parish animal shelter has taken in 670 pit bulls, of which 301 have been euthanized
Caddo Commissioner John-Paul Young wants owners of pit bulls like these at Pet Savers to be...
Caddo Commissioner John-Paul Young wants owners of pit bulls like these at Pet Savers to be required to spay/neuter their dogs.(Source: Destinee Patterson/KSLA News 12)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 3:20 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 5:35 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Caddo Commissioner John-Paul Young is proposing an ordinance that he says will help control the pit bull population.

If passed, it would require pit bull owners to get their dogs spayed or neutered. The commission discussed the proposal during a work session Monday.

Multiple citizens expressed support for the proposal during the public comment period.

“It is in the interest of Caddo Parish citizens to reduce the number of pit bulls taken in and euthanized at Caddo Parish Animal Services and Mosquito Control,” according to the Young’s proposal.

As of Friday, Nov. 12, Caddo Parish Animal Services and Mosquito Control had taken in 670 pit bulls; 301 were euthanized.

“This is about increasing the number of sterilizations so that we can decrease the euthanizations,” Young said.

People who oppose the proposition contend that it oversteps owners’ rights. Other critics say nature should run its course.

“It’s the same thing as saying let’s just let them die,” said Linda Shemwell, founder and president of Pet Savers of Shreveport. “People don’t take good care of them.”

Young said his proposal would be similar to rules that require owners to get their dogs vaccinated against rabies. He said there will also be certain exemptions to the mandate:

  • if you show your dog in a kennel club,
  • are a licensed breeder,
  • are an intentional breeder,
  • or if your dog has a medical problem that prevents it from getting sterilized.

The commissioner also plans to have the parish sponsor any pit bulls that would need to be spayed or neutered under the mandate.

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