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Free spay/neuter program for pit bulls in Huntington Town

A pit bull named Winnie at the Little

A pit bull named Winnie at the Little Shelter in Huntington, a no-kill shelter (July 23, 2011) Credit: Frank Posillico

October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month and in honor of that, the Town of Huntington and the League for Animal Protection are co-sponsoring a free spay/neuter program for pit bull and pit bull mixes.

During October, owners of such dogs will be able to go to a veterinarian who has agreed to participate in the program and have their pets spayed or neutered. According to town board member Mark Mayoka, veterinarians will either perform the procedure for free, or the town and League of Animal Protection will split the cost and pay for it.

“We’re trying to help out the best we can in controlling the population of pit bulls,” said Mayoka, who co-sponsored the resolution for the program with town Supervisor Frank Petrone. “We’re encouraged by the program and we thought it made sense given the number of pit bulls in shelters in Huntington and across Long Island.”

Mayoka said a list of participating veterinarians will be available at the end of this month. Residents should call the town animal shelter at 631-754-8722 for more information. The shelter is at 106 Deposit Rd. in East Northport.

October is also Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Mayoka and Petrone are encouraging residents to come to the town animal shelter on Oct. 27 — which is National Pit Bull Awareness Day — and adopt a family pet.

“Not all pit bulls are dangerous and they are adoptable,” Petrone said. “We’ve hired a trainer who has been very successful working with them, so there are a lot of pit bulls who are looking for a home.”


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