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NYC ASPCA Targets Pit Bulls For Spaying, Neutering

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Some shelters are caught in a financial and space squeeze, thanks to a runaway pit bull population.

LISTEN: WCBS 880's Paul Murnane reports

At the ASPCA's Berg Animal Hospital on Manhattan's East Side, veterinarian Emmy Pointer says the breed can have ten puppies at a time.

With related health problems, the outlook can be grim.

"If you spay a dog before they have their first heat cycle, their chance of having breast cancer is diminished to less than one percent," Pointer told WCBS 880's Paul Murnane. "So, if we can get these dogs in, and spay them at an early age, we're sparing them this horrible cancer in the future... We see tons of it."

The ASPCA is scheduling appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays for pits and pit-mixes up to six years of age.

LINK: ASPCA Operation Pit

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