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Cypress won't order neutering for pit bulls
By MICHAEL MELLO

CYPRESS - This city won't become the first in Orange County to order the spaying and neutering of pit bulls after all.
Instead, the City Council ordered staffers to come up with new laws strengthening animal-control enforcement in the city and making it easier for dogs to be declared dangerous.

The unanimous vote Monday night came after several public speakers urged the council to do something to stop a spate of pit bull-related attacks in one neighborhood of the city.
But the council also heard from several other people opposed to a spaying ordinance, saying the dogs are not the problem.

"Most of us don't feel safe walking in our neighborhoods," said Rose Roberson. She told the council her two dogs have been attacked by neighborhood pit bulls.

Patty Rusko, who breeds dogs, said the council should not consider fixing the dogs as a solution.

"I don't believe in neutering or spaying," said Patty Rusko, who breeds dogs. "It's our choice. It's not the government's choice."

Several neighbors from the Marion Street area concerned about pit bull attacks went to the City Council last fall, prompting the council to order staff to examine the spay-and-neuter requirement as well as other options.

A city report on the subject noted that pit bulls were the most-impounded breed of dog by animal-control officers, with 28 last year. Chihuahuas followed at 27; and Labradors with 15. Of the city's 617 calls for service, 177 involved pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

However, of the 99 bites to humans reported in Cypress last year, none involved pit bulls.
Pit bulls did account for the largest number of dog-on-dog attacks, with 12 reported.

The city examined other communities around California that require pit bulls to be fixed. Most were passed in 2009 and 2010; and Cypress officials said there was too little data to determine whether the laws there had made a difference in pit bull-related problems.

In ditching the spay/neuter alternative, some council members said such an ordinance would only punish responsible pet owners who raise well-trained dogs.

"Criminals don't comply with gun-control laws," Councilman Phil Luebben said in dismissing the spay requirement. "I would like to see some really strong enforcement and a really strong law that holds owners responsible."

Current Cypress law considers a "dangerous dog" to be one that shows aggression that could result in injury to a person or another animal twice within a 36-month period. That triggers action by OC Animal Control, from an investigation to potential euthanasia for problem dogs.

Council members wanted to make it easier for dogs to be declared vicious.

"Broadening the scope of what a dangerous dog is," Councilman Doug Bailey said, "would be the most prudent course."

A new proposed ordinance will return to the City Council later this year.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3796 or [email protected]

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