City of Odessa Responds to Pit Bull Protest

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - On Monday, NewsWest 9 told you about an Odessa man's quest for pit bulls to be adopted at the odessa animal shelter. He claimed pit bulls are not adopted out and instead put to sleep.

On Tuesday, NewsWest 9 spoke with city officials to set the record straight that pit bulls can be adopted.

"We are not sure who he talked to the supervisor was not there. It came as a surprise to all of us when we saw it on the news we just want to let the citizens know that Animal Control does not have that policy," Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department, said.

Carruth is referring to Monday night's protest by an Odessa man. The man was protesting that Pit Bulls were not available for adoption.

Carruth is clearing up the connfusion explaining there is no policy at the Animal Shelter that bans pit bull adoptions.

"We don't discriminate against breed it boils down to, it's not the breed, it's a matter of their behavior. In the past couple of month's, Animal Control adopted out three pit bulls," she said.

All animals that are come to the shelter must pass a temperament test before they are adopted.

"It doesn't matter, it could be a Chihuahua, if it is prone to attack or it has bitten someone Animal Control will not adopt them out," Carruth said.

The same holds true for Big Spring and Hobbs Animal Shelters. They adopt out any breed of dog as long as they pass a behavioral test.

However, the City of Midland Animal Shelter does have a breed specific policy. Pit Bulls, Chows, Rottweilers, Shar Peis, and mixes of those breeds are not available for adoption.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, this has been the policy for 20 years in Midland.