Number of pit bulls an issue at animal shelter - KLFY News 10

Number of pit bulls an issue at animal shelter

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At the Iberia Parish Animal Shelter, it's not uncommon for their space capacity to be full. But what is uncommon, the influx of pit bulls now under their care. And now many are facing an unclear future.

Shelter director, Krista Burgett, says while they usually take in around six, this is the most they've seen in recent memory.

"We currently have about 26 pit bulls at our shelter and we can house about 65 dogs," said Burgett. "So, 26 of those are pit bulls or pit-mix."

Burgett largely attributes the influx to a recent bust of a pit-bull fighting ring out of St. Martinville. The ones that made it to the shelter are the lucky ones-the "adoptables." But, pair that with over-breeding and irresponsible owners and she says it may be too much to handle.

"This will likely turn into a situation where if rescues don't step up, the majority of these pit-bulls will be put down, unfortunately," said Burgett.

And the pit-bull intake does not stop. Before noon Wednesday, an adult pit-bull was picked up in a neighborhood with no collar and no owner in sight. That's a common issue. The shelter has made great strides over the last year, dramatically reducing the kill-rate by utilizing rescue groups and social media.

But Burgett says she fears breeding and dog-fighting will continue to be a growing problem.

"Right now, we have a 100% saved adoptable animal rate and I'd like to keep it that way," said Burgett. "But, if the intake of pit-bulls stays the way it is, it's just not going to happen that way."

Because of the volume of animals and limited number of staff at the shelter, only rescue organizations will be allowed to adopt the current population of pit-bulls, at least until the shelter can get a better handle on the situation.

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