City of Riverside joins county in requiring pit bull sterilizations (Poll)

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The city of Riverside has joined the county in requiring owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes to have their dogs spayed or neutered, according to The Press-Enterprise.

The ordinance, passed Tuesday night, includes exceptions for registered breeders, animals too sick to be sterilized, and law enforcement.

“This doesn’t keep anybody from having a pit bull. It doesn’t keep anybody from breeding a pit bull,” Councilman Mike Gardner told The Press-Enterprise.

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The pit bull rule will be enforced by Riverside County animal control, which contracts with the city for animal services.

County supervisors unanimously approved a similar rule on Oct. 8, but that ordinance only applied to unincorporated areas of Riverside County. Cities must decide on their own whether to follow suit.

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