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"Operation Pit" celebrates successful first year

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) celebrated the one-year anniversary of "Operation Pit" last Friday, a spaying and neutering campaign that aims to address the fact that pit bulls make up a majority of dogs in city shelters, the organization reports.

In its first year, the program spayed or neutered 583 pit bulls or pit mixes between three months and six years of age. The Operation also includes a free physical exam, distemper and parvovirus vaccinations and a microchip, the ASPCA reports.

One owner, Christin Wain, brought her 11-month-old pit bull to the Upper East Side of New York City last Friday to get spayed at the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, reports.

"There are so many pit bulls out there," Wain told the news source. "People breed them to fight. They get treated so badly but they bounce back so quickly. They're very resilient."

The dogs are facing overpopulation because they are being bred for the illegal dog fighting ring across the U.S. In addition, the breed tends to have larger litters of puppies - between 10 and 12 pups each birth, the news source says. As a result, the dogs tend to overcrowd shelters. 
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