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For one year now, “Operation Pit” has assisted in wrestling the problem New York City has with overpopulated pit bulls in animal shelters.  Last week marked the one year anniversary of the “Operation Pit” campaign offering free spay/neuter services of pit bulls and pit bull mixes from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

In performing the free spay/neuters, or vasectomy, the pit bull or pit bull mix must be healthy and between the ages of three months and six years.  Along with the free spay/neuter, “Operation Pit” also offers free vaccinations and micro-chipping.  Procedures take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year at ASPCA’s headquarters from Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan, NY.

“I am very pleased by the success that we’ve had thus far,” said Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. “Outside of ‘Operation Pit,’ pit bulls and pit bull mixes make up a very small percentage of dogs that are brought in for routine spay/neuter procedures at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Pit bulls also have large litters compared to other breeds, so it comes as no surprise that they make up a vast majority of homeless dogs found in city shelters. One of the most effective ways to manage this overpopulation is to provide free spay/neuter services.”

“Operation Pit” has already performed 583 surgeries since its conception on July 15, 2010.  Appointments must be made in advance with “Operation Pit” and procedures are all completed the same day as the appointment.

With their 583 surgeries, “Operation Pit” and the ASPCA hope to continue strides towards lowering the 50,000 homeless pets that enter animal shelters on average each year.  For more details about ASPCA, visit their Facebook page.

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