7 Dec 2015

Auckland SPCA softens line on pitbulls

1:19 pm on 7 December 2015

The Auckland SPCA has put up its first pitbulls for adoption after reversing its euthanasia policy.

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Before May, dogs classed as menacing including the American Pitbull terrier, Japanese Tosa, and Brazilian Fila, were put down immediately when brought to the branch.

Now the dogs are put through a personality test before being put up for adoption.

Chief executive Andrea Midgen said its policy was now in line with regions such as Waikato which did not judge a dog based on its breed.

"You can't generalise and say a particular breed is completely agresssive. It depends on so many factors."

Two pitbull-type dogs, Riggs and Blue, have passed the temperament test and are being put up for adoption.

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