750 Pit Bulls Put To Death By Maricopa County This Month

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Three groups fighting to save the 750 pit bulls that will be killed this month.

In May, Maricopa County will kill 750 pit bulls. There doesn’t seem to be much the county can do about it. The state legislature is looking for ways to trim their own budget, so further cuts are expected. According to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s web site, pit bulls make up 30% of the dogs brought into the Maricopa County animal shelter system, and typically 70% of those are put to sleep. This is 9,000 pit bulls killed this year or an average of 750 killed every month.

The County is working diligently to reduce this number, but progress is slow-going. The County advocates for spaying and neutering to reduce overpopulation, and educates prospective pit bull owners on what to expect so they don’t give up on these wonderful animals and turn them in to the shelter. Animal Care and Control empowers people through education on the merits of the breed and they work hard to bust stereotypes, but it feels like a losing battle. Soon, they’ll likely be asked to do more with less. With more pit bulls coming in than getting adopted, simple math shows 750 each month will still meet their end.

To give these dogs hope, Mayday Pit Bull Rescue takes in a number of them, providing medical care and any rehabilitation necessary. A network of volunteers, these big-hearted dog lovers give the pit bulls loving foster homes until they are adopted. Their story began with a pit bull named Mayday slated for death because the eye surgery he needed made it nearly impossible to find him a home. Now the group that bears his name helps pit bulls live a full and enjoyable life. The list includes Sawyer, a 10-month-old puppy whose hurt leg was never treated and had to be removed. Then there’s Frankie, the former breeding dog who was callously dumped at the shelter when her owner didn’t take her to the vet to treat her injuries. Every day, Mayday gives pit bulls like Sawyer and Frankie a place to stay, the care they desperately need, and ultimately a home with a loving family.

This May Day, do your part to support Mayday Pit Bull Rescue. You can donate at http://www.maydaypitbullrescue.org. Every donation matters. To further boost the effort, PawPosse.com, an online large dog supplies store, is donating 10% of their May sales to the cause.

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