Dog lovers support SPCA's pit bull policy

2014-02-10 16:14
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Durban - A number of dog lovers have come out in support of the Durban and Coast SPCA’s policy to put down unclaimed or unwanted American pit bull terriers and pit bull cross-breeds without the option of adoption, The Mercury reported on Monday.

Animal rights and rescue organisations have spoken out against the policy, saying that every dog, regardless of its breed, should be treated as an individual.

But Durban and Coast SPCA spokesperson Caroline Smith said the policy was in place as the pit bull breed was unpredictable, and the organisation would not risk the safety of families by re-homing them.

A retired small-animal veterinarian has told The Mercury that he fully endorses the policy.

He says that pit bulls were originally bred in the US as fighting dogs, and that when a dog is abandoned, the main reason behind that is that it exhibits an aggressive demeanour, especially in the case of this breed.

The vet said that there were a lot of breeds suitable for family pets, and questioned why anyone would take the risk of owning a pit bull.

A Mercury reader disagreed with the policy, saying that the SPCA should be targeting the people who used pit bulls for dog fighting, and accused society of taking the easy way out. She argued that any animal that was brought up in the wrong environment could become aggressive.

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