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(RUBIDOUX, Calif.) – The Riverside County board of Supervisors is considering making it mandatory for pit bull owners to spay or neuter their dogs in response to several recent pit bull attacks.

Pitt bulls are traditionally known as a violent breed of dog, and there have been quite a few instances of the dogs attacking people in Riverside County. Last month in San Jacinto a pit bull mauled a 76-year-old woman.

Animal services spokesperson John Welsh explained that fixing a dog tends to make them less aggressive.

“An altered dog regardless of breed tends to want to roam less,” he said. “And when a dog is roaming less it’s going to get into less trouble, i.e. biting kids or senior citizens.”

While there are many who agree with the proposal, there are some that think it’s a step too far, and that dog owners should have final say in whether or not to spay or neuter their dog. Breeders in particular are opposed to the idea.

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