FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 11, 2006
New pit bull ordinance and additional funding boost services
The City of Kansas City, Mo., City Council passed a mandatory altering ordinance stating that all pit bull and pit bull mix dogs that reside in the City limits and are more than 8 weeks old must be spayed or neutered by Dec. 1.
After Dec. 1, any unaltered pit bull found in the City limits will be impounded and the owner will be cited for failing to comply with this ordinance. The impounded animal must be claimed within seven days and will only be returned after the owner has paid to have the animal spayed or neutered.
"We encourage the owners of pit bulls to avoid the consequences of not being in compliance with this ordinance and have their animals spayed or neutered," said Lesly Forsberg, interim manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.
This ordinance includes information about permits for breeding pit bulls and restrictions on the sale of that offspring. The City Council also passed an ordinance that will give the division $350,000 to increase staffing. This money will enable the division to hire 10 additional animal control officers and one additional animal control supervisor.
For more information about the pit bull ordinance, visit www.kcmo.org where the ordinance is posted on the Animal Health and Public Safety Division's Web page. Pet owners with additional questions can call the Animal Health and Public Safety Division, (816) 513-9800.
Spay and Neuter Kansas City, located at 3710 Main St., has partnered with the Animal Health and Public Safety Division to provide spay and neuter services to Kansas City, Mo., pet owners who cannot otherwise afford to have their pit bulls spayed or neutered. Special qualifications may apply and extra funding has been dedicated to assist pit bull owners until Dec. 1.
To make an appointment, call Spay and Neuter Kansas City, (816) 353-0940.