County animal shelters overrun with pit bulls

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PHOENIX – A certain type of dog breed is not being adopted, which has led to a big problem at Maricopa County shelters.

The shelters have thousands of dogs that may not find a home and workers will be forced to put them to sleep.

Workers at the shelter say that when people show up to adopt a dog, if they learn that dog has any sort of a pit bull mix, they are not interested.

Pit bulls have a reputation for being mean. Media outlets often report on stories of attacks and aggression and that is likely the reason Maricopa County took in more than 14,000 pit bulls last year. Sixty-eight percent of them were euthanized.

Dr. Rodrigo Silvewith with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says he believes the dogs often end up at the shelter because people are not properly educated on the breed.

Animal Care and Control workers are asking people to stop breeding and purchasing pit bulls if they do not know how to take care of them so that they can avoid ending up at the shelter.