It’s not a ban on the breed, but a Madison alderman is looking to get a handle on an overpopulation of pit bulls in the city. Alder John Strasser is the lead sponsor of an ordinance that would require all pit bulls over the age of five months to be spayed or neutered. Strasser says the overpopulation puts a 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 during the 2010-12 years were pit bulls. They also make up 21 percent of the cases of dogs running at large and 48 percent of abandoned dogs. The measure could be before the city council for a vote in March.