by Karen Hirsch
The majority of dogs impounded at DeKalb County Animal Services are pit bulls and pit bull mixes. To combat the pit bull overpopulation crisis plaguing DeKalb County and to help reduce the number of pit bulls euthanized, DeKalb County Animal Services announces a new program called “Free Pit Fix.”
Funded by a private grant, the program will provide free spay and neuter procedures to pit bulls and pit bull mixes owned by DeKalb County residents. The free spay/neuter service will be provided by LifeLine Animal Project in Avondale Estates and will include vaccinations.
According to Shelter Director Susan Feingold, spaying and neutering is critical in reducing the number of homeless and unwanted pit bulls.
“The number of unwanted pit bulls in DeKalb County is staggering, and the main reason is because people are not fixing their dogs,” she said. “By eliminating financial barriers, and encouraging DeKalb County residents to get their pit bulls fixed, we hope to attack the problem at the root and see a drastic reduction in the number of these dogs entering our shelter.”
DeKalb County residents who are interested in receiving a free spay/neuter for their pit bull or pit bull mix should visit www.dekalbanimalservices.com to download a ‘Free Pit Fix” application or can pick up an application at the shelter located at 845 Camp Rd., Decatur, GA 30032.