KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The City of Kansas City is getting $100,000 to spay and neuter a breed of dogs that some surrounding communities have banned altogether. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are supposed to be spayed and neutered in the city by law, unless the owner is a certified breeder, but that's not always happening.
City leaders say there are a lot of pit bulls and mixes that haven't been fixed, and they say it's a problem that's causing the breed to over-populate.
This year, the C.E.O. of the Kansas City Pet Project, Kansas City's animal shelter, says the facility has taken in more than 800 pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Nearly half she says weren't spayed or neutered.
In Kansas City it's a law. If you have a pit bull or pit mix, it must be spayed or neutered, but that procedure can cost upwards of $100.
City leaders hope the $100,000 grant the city got from Petsmart Charities will offset that cost for people and organizations.
"I do believe that the grant will help some people who otherwise weren't able financially afford to have their dog spayed or neutered," said Teresa Johnson from the KC Pet Project. "It will help them get spayed or neutered at no cost."
This grant only benefits certain parts of the city. It's for people who live in the zip codes 64130 and 64132. Councilman Jermaine Reed says you'll have to present a proof of residency to get free services.