The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is considering a law requiring the sterilization of pit bulls. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the issue during a public hearing before county supervisors vote Tuesday.
The action comes after five pit bull mixes in San Bernardino County killed a 2-year-old boy in September. In August, a Riverside County woman was sent to the hospital after two pit bulls attacked her. A few months before, a pack of pit bulls killed an Antelope Valley woman. The owners were charged with murder.
John Welsh, with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, says the rash of violent attacks isn't the only issue surrounding the breed.
“Sadly, most of them are not adopted or transferred to our rescue groups because they’re just not the type of dog that are getting gobbled up by the public," Welsh said. "A lot of the rescue group organizations are packed. They’re flooded with pit bull crosses and pit bull mixes.”
Pit bulls in Riverside County make up 20 percent of all breeds that are impounded and 30 percent of the dogs that are euthanized.
If the county board of supervisors approves the ordinance, it would go into effect in about a month – but only in unincorporated areas of Riverside County.
There are certain exemptions, including pit bulls owned by licensed breeders or law enforcement.
The public hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.