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Madison alderman wants to curb pit bull population

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MADISON, Wis. -- A Madison alderman wants to require all pit bulls over the age of five months to be spayed or neutered.

Alderman John Strasser tells the Wisconsin State Journal the local overpopulation of pit bulls is putting stress on the Dane County Humane Society and the city's animal services officers.

More than half of the dogs euthanized at the humane society from 2010 to 2012 were pit bulls.

The ordinance does allow for specific exceptions for documented show dogs or service dogs. Enforcement would be on a complaint basis.

The proposal is scheduled to go before the city council Tuesday. It will be studied by a couple of committees and, if supported, it could be in effect by March.

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