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Free money to help curb pit bull population remains untouched

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Tens of thousands of grant dollars are not being used to help curb the pit bull population in neighborhoods known for roaming strays. Tens of thousands of grant dollars are not being used to help curb the pit bull population in neighborhoods known for roaming strays.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Time is running out for pit bull and pit bull mix owners to get their dogs spayed or neutered for free.

Tens of thousands of grant dollars are not being used to help curb the pit bull population in neighborhoods known for roaming strays.

In Kansas City, pit bulls are the only breed required to be spayed or neutered.

Many owners aren't following the law even though there is a free option being offered to people who live in two zip codes that have the largest population of the breed.

For pit bull mix Opie, his start in life was pretty rough and common. He and the rest of his litter were dumped in a park to fend for themselves.

"There are litters of pets just wandering about their neighborhood, because they were unwanted and left to roam," said operations manager Amy Herrington for Spay and Neuter Kansas City.

A study found in the zip codes 64130 and 64132 there are about 1,400 pit bulls and pit mixes that aren't fixed and large numbers of low-income residents. The PetSmart grant offered to spay or neuter those residents' pets for free. Click here for more information.

"So far, we've only spent about 2 percent of the funding that we do have. We still have about 98 percent of our funding left," outreach manager Marlan Roberts said.

At Spay and Neuter Kansas City, only 10-15 pit bull owners took advantage of the grant funding for free spay and neuter services.

"Having those 10 dogs spayed or neutered still makes a huge impact. One dog can have several litters in just one year of her life. It is going to make a big impact," Roberts said.

They want to make an even larger impact.

Spay and Neuter Kansas City employees will go door-to-door and set up booths in neighborhoods within the two zip codes to try and encourage owners to participate.

As for Opie, he now has an owner. He spends his days with his mom, Amy Herrington, at Spay and Neuter Kansas City. His mom knows not every dog is as lucky.

They are asking pit bull and pit bull mix owners to not pass up on this free opportunity. The grant runs through September or until the money runs out.

All you have to do is show proof of residence by bringing a driver's license or utility bill.

Free services are offered at Spay and Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th St. For information, call 816-353-0940 or visit snkc.net.

The Raytown Animal Hospital, 10401 E. 63rd St., is also offering free services. For information, call 816-353-3666 or email htrdvm@yahoo.com.

You can also check out the Northland Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Rd., in Riverside. For information, call 816-336-1888 or visit pcnaws.org.

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