ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Across the country, hundreds of cities have bans or restrictions on pit bulls.
It’s a breed often seen as dangerous and uncontrollable. But, the City of Albuquerque is taking a different approach.
“You cannot really judge an animal’s behavior based on its supposed breed,” Paul Caster, Director of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department said, adding, pit bull type dogs fill 20 to 30 percent of their shelters. “I think the City of Albuquerque are looking at like the correct way.”
Pit bulls are often deemed a bully breed, making people afraid to own one.
“There is a lot of characteristics that fall in the same line as any dog there’s not just they’re mean, they’re aggressive, they’re going to want to do fighting,” Joyce Spinden, Dog Trainer said.
So, during the month of October, also National Pit Bull Awareness Month, the city’s Animal Welfare Department is offering free pit bull training classes every Saturday and it’s a big deal for people who need the extra help.
“She actually tore a couple of my ligaments in my arm,” Monica Delmonico explained, talking about her dog.
She adopted her dog six months ago and while she loved her personality, she was looking for assistance.
“She’s a great fit but she could be much better,” Delmonico said.
A little training goes a long way. The lesson on this day, walking on a leash.
“We want to take her places and I think we learned some skills about how to control her which is huge,” Delmonico said.
“So now not only can you take your dog out, but he’s an ambassador for this kind of bully breed dog,” Caster explained.
Organizers say they haven’t seen efforts like this across the country.
Volunteers trainers teach the classes, local stores donate treats, leashes and training tools.
In the three years animal welfare has been putting on the free training they say they’ve seen improvements.
Animal Welfare is also offering free spay or neuters as well as microchips for pit bulls on October 22, National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
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