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Kent Animal Shelter 'Primps' Pit Bulls

Shelter offering $20 spays and neutering, plus a nail trim.

With an eye toward prevention of unwanted litters, is offering a special promotion to owners of pit bulls.

“Primp Your Pit (bull)”  is a spay/neuter promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities; during the month of August, Kent Animal Shelter will spay and neuter 120 pit pulls for a special rate of $20 -- and that includes a free nail trim.

The promotion is scheduled to try and help solve an escalating problem across the United States, where there are eight million homeless pets entering shelters each year.

Pit bulls comprise a large number of the shelter population because of public misconceptions about the breed, said Pam Green, executive director of the Kent Animal Shelter. “The ‘Primp Your Pit’ promotion helps you and your dog,” she said.

Statistics indicate that 35 percent of dogs and cats in households across the United States are not spayed or neutered, yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population, Green added.

"Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters and ensure their pet lives a long, happy life," Green said.

Puppies can be spayed and neutered as young as eight to ten weeks, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, resulting in improved behavior and health for the animals and reducing the risk of some reproductive cancers and infections.

The promotion will apply to all residents of Long Island. Pit bull owners that wish to take advantage of the offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit (bull)” promotion when scheduling an appointment; based on availability. For more information, go to www.KentAnimalShelter.com or call (631) 727-7797.

Do you think pit bulls are judged unfairly? Tell us why, in the comments section.

Pat Mo. July 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Yes, I feel that Pit Bulls are misunderstood and that misconception comes from the media especially. In case anyone does not know the Pit Bull was the American family dog up until the mid 1950's when the Labs took over. Petie the dog from the little rascals was a pit and I never saw that dog eat a chlild or maul anyone. I am not saying that there are not agressive dogs out there but we only hear of aggressive pits in the media. I know that other breeds especially small breeds are more aggressive than pits are so people should educate themselves and not just believe what others tell them about these wonderful family dogs.
Vince Taldone July 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thank you Kent! There are so many misconceptions about Pit Bulls which leads to the surplus of these darling animals. I adopted mine from the Riverhead Animal Shelter and he has been a delightful addition to the family. Kind, loving and very gentle with small children though those attributes always surprise guests. Sadly, most people only know about the mistreated and abused ones that were trained to fight. Thanks for doing what you can to help reduce their reproduction so we can find happy homes for those which remain. These loving animals don't deserve to get stuck in overpopulated shelters or worse.

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