This morning we headed out the door at 7am to help transport four owned pit bulls to Lifeline Spay & Neuter Clinic in College Park
The owners were very kind people who loved their four pit bulls, but after hearing the story of how they came to acquire their dogs, I thought it needed to be shared. Here's a photo of two of the pit bulls in our car (it's not a very good photo because it was dark and taken with a camera phone):
To start with, they had one male pit bull that was not neutered. Two years ago they found a stray, female pit bull and decided to take her in. She went into heat and got pregnant by their male dog. Like most pit bulls, she had a huge litter. They decided to keep 2 of the puppies from the litter, a male named Hercules and female named Lipstick. They did not get them fixed either and at 6 months old, Lipstick went into heat and was impregnated by her brother. She also had a large litter. The lady that owned them told me she had no idea puppies could get pregnant and was shocked when Lipstick got pregnant at only six months old. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not realize this. In two years, about 20 puppies were produced from this mother and daughter, and since the puppies were all given away unfixed, we'll never know how many puppies their offspring produced as well.
Unbeknownst to her owners, Lipstick had pyometra,which is deadly if untreated and the primary treatment is an emergency spay which is usually $2,000. Just another good reason to get your dog spayed!
I tell people all the time how often we encounter pit bull breeders that tell us they got the pit bulls they are breeding as strays off the streets. This is one of the many reasons I can't stress enough about how important it is to get stray dogs off of the streets. I realize it is difficult to take a dog to the pound, but it could prevent many more unwanted litters from being produced. At least we know these four dogs will never reproduce again. The Humane Society of the United States funded all four of their spays/neuters at Lifeline today.