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Downsizing Pet Populations

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by Nick Austin
Eyewitness News

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB-TV) -- An animal clinic in north Chattanooga offered free spaying and neutering Wednesday in an effort to educate people and save a particular breed. 

Wally's Friends Spay & Neuter Clinic in Red Bank "fixed" more than 30 Pit Bulls free of charge thanks to a grant from the PetCo Foundation.  This breed was chosen because of their owners' tendencies to raise the dogs for combat against each other.

"People are breeding them left and right for profit. It's wrong," exclaimed Eileen Price, Executive Director of Wally's Friends.  "Pit Bulls need to be spayed or neutered," she added. 

Because Pit Bull litters often contain more pups than most other breeds, Price believes reducing the local population through spaying and neutering is the most effective solution to saving the dogs from becoming victims.

"One female Pit Bull can produce 15 puppies.  Where are they going to go?  How are they going to be treated?" asked Price.

Shelters do all they can to promote adoption, but they are often over-burdened as a result of peoples' canines delivering unwanted puppies.

"We cannot adopt or rescue our way out of overpopulation," said Price.

For those who do choose to own a pit bull and have it spayed or neutered, learning about the breed first is the key to providing it a happy life. 

"They're just so different and if you don't understand the breed then you don't know what to do and you don't know what to expect," said Georgianna Jurevic, a volunteer at Wally's Friends and owner of a three-and-a-half year old pit bull named Jake.

"It seemed to help calm him down.  It seemed to make him focus a little bit better.  It seemed to be a little bit easier to train him once he was neutered," added Yurjevic.

And for those worried the procedure will be painful or cause suffering, doctors said the concerns are unfounded in most cases. 

"It's one that we can do with great precision and relative lack of pain for the animal using the medicines that we have available," explained Dr. Adam Winn, a local veterinarian.  He also said the animals recuperate quickly, within two or three days, and only a small scar remains.

For more information about spaying and neutering, call Wally's Friends at 423-877-9966.

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