Several pit bulls at risk for euthanization, rescuer urges adoptions

Several pit bulls at risk for euthanization, rescuer urges adoptions
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - An animal rescuer that works alongside Paragould Animal Control said several pit bulls could be euthanized this week if they are not adopted out.

Catrina Bateman rescues many pit bulls picked up by animal control officers.

"I have 15 pits under my care right now and that's a lot," Bateman said.

Thirteen of those are on canine death row with just a matter of days before they are put down.

Bateman said the city is facing an overbreeding issue and trying desperately to tackle the hardships that come with it.

With the pit bull stigma, a growing number of people are reluctant to adopt the breed.

"Sometimes they'll say they will help and then when they find out what type of dog it is, they're like we can't do pit bulls," Bateman said.

Bateman blames this on owners who have raised them to fight, eventually giving them a bad reputation.

"It's because of people over time and over the generations that have turned these dogs into fighting dogs," Bateman said. "They're really good about protecting the family. They find their person, that's their family. They're going to protect that family, that household."

Bateman said the dogs could be put down as early as Friday.

She encourages anyone interested in adopting or fostering a pit bull to call 870-212-1800.

"If we can get our laws changed to cut down on the overbreeding of them, then that would help out drastically," Bateman said.

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