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Dakin offering Primp Your Pit services to  pit bull owners

LEVERETT — Pit bulls are the breed most likely to end up in animal shelters, due to myths and negative publicity, say officials from Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, and the nonprofit is trying to do something about it.

The Primp Your Pit Campaign, funded by a $394,000 grant by PetSmart Charities, will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries, as well as free nail trims, to more than 6,200 pit bull terrier dogs nationwide, and many Franklin County pit bull owners will benefit.

During the month of August, Dakin plans to spay or neuter 120 pit bulls and pit bull mixes for that special rate. The local nonprofit is one of 49 animal welfare agencies in 24 states being funded for the campaign.

“Spaying and neutering a pet is the most effective thing a person can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born,” said Dakin Executive Director Leslie Harris. “And pit bull dogs are a breed that all too frequently becomes homeless.”

Harris said that those who hesitate to get their young puppies spayed or neutered should know that the American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old.

She said research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of a pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

Anyone who wants to participate in the Primp Your Pit Campaign should call to schedule an appointment, because availability is limited to 120 dogs.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 413-781-4019 or visit: www.dpvhs.org.

You can reach Anita Fritz at:
afritz@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 280

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