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Henderson Humane Society focuses its efforts on pit bulls

Since we're right on the cusp of puppy and kitten litter season, local Humane Societies are reminding people to spay and neuter their pets.

The Humane Society of Henderson County is doing the same thing, except they just received a grant and are focusing on one breed of dog specifically. 

Follow along with animal control officer Michael Burkes and it doesn't take long to catch on to the fact that there is a very high number of pit bulls at the shelter.

"About 70 percent of our animals are pit bulls at any given time," said Burkes.

"As stray unwanted, neglected animals, pit bulls are the most prevalent dog that comes in," said Joshua Cromer, the humane society's director.

Kennel after kennel is full of either a pit bull or mixed breed pit bull.

"We're getting ready to have a huge influx of puppies," said Burkes. "Probably 70 or 80 percent of those will be pit bulls as well."

With that prospect on the horizon, Cromer says the shelter recently received a low income grant to spay and neuter the breed.

"All you have to do is pay $20 and you get the spay and neuter, the surgery, all the care that comes afterwards and also a microchip," said Cromer.

Ideally, the shelter would like for this to go to families or individuals who are unemployed or on government assistance, but they do ask that you call to schedule an appointment before you come in.

Cromer says they don't have a solid reason for the high number of pit bulls.

"I just know we want to curb it and decrease those numbers," he said.

As another way to help with that, from now until March 17, all pit bull adoptions at the shelter are only $40. 

The program will last until the grant money runs out. Click here for more info.

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