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MADACC says several pit bulls in desperate need of homes

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WEST MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- When discussing the wonderful world of dogs, there always seems to be debate over pit bulls. One Milwaukee organization says several dogs of that particular breed are looking for a good home.

Nearly 400 people signed up for the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission's (MADACC) annual low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 29th. As Sonya Page waited in line with her pit bull, Kendra, he thoughts turned to the dozens of other pit bulls waiting inside for a forever home.

"Forty-five percent of the dogs that come into this facility are pit bulls," said MADACC Executive Director Karen Sparapani. "All these dogs are great companions. You're really doing a great thing when you look past everything and take one of these dogs home."

Typically, when a dog or cat is rescued by animal control, the owner comes to claim it within a week. That isn't usually the case with pit bulls.

"We'll have pit bulls here for about two months. That's the average of how long it takes to get adopted or pulled by a shelter or rescue," said Sparapani.

One pit bull, Emily, has been at MADACC for two weeks. She was hit by a car and workers are nursing her back to health. So far, no one has called or come looking to claim her.

MADACC says adult pit bulls are the most difficult dogs to find homes for. The organization will never euthanize an adoptable pet, but 80% of those they do put down are pit bulls suffering from unrecoverable injuries, or dogs that have bitten other animals or people.

Pit bull parents say their beloved pets get a bad rap -- that many are neglected or treated poorly.

"I think it's just based on the owner and how you treat your dog," said Page. "Pit bulls are just dogs. They are just like every other dog back there."

MADACC only adopts out pit bulls and cats due to the sheer volume of those pets in their organization. During the summer months, the group expects to take in 30 to 50 cats per day.


  • mildal19

    Picking up my pit bull from madacc not only cost me their fees the late reregistration fee but a $500 dollar ticket from the city its ridiculous that a renter would have to be responsible to put up a fence or a kennel that can cost a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars If I have to have every dog owner should with the same regulations. there are dogs constantly running around my neighborhood a couple of the neighborhood dog owners do not keep their dog on a leash and just let them roam something happens to their dog because they approach my dog (who is dog friendly) the likely hood is that it will be blaimed on my dog.

    (firstly dont tell me madacc should had picked my dog up because if i was responsible it wouldnt had happened…. but the shame is accidents do happen and of course like every situation there is more to the story)

  • Megan

    Adopted my pitty from Madacc in November and could not be a happier “fur mama”. She is a great dog, and was in a wonderful foster. It was nice to talk to someone directly about my dog, someone who worked with her on everything. This is a truly great orginization, something Milwaukee truly needs!

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