LA Animal Services to provide free sterilizations

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There’ll be a long line of dogs and owners Saturday at the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services’ South L.A. Animal Care Center. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells why.

A lot of stray pit bulls and similar breeds have been turning up at the South Los Angeles center. Animal Services would like to change that. With some help from the Amanda Foundation, it will offer free spay and neuter services for dog owners with qualifying income levels.

The dog owners must make appointments, and the Downtown Dog Rescue group has encouraged dog owners in the neighborhoods near the center on 11th Street to sign up. Saturday’s slots are booked, but there’s an overflow list for dog owners willing to come on another day.

The appointments begin early in the morning so the dogs have time to recover from the surgery and return home in the afternoon. Dog trainers and care professionals will also be available to talk with the dog owners when they drop off their pets.