New York City: Pit bulls at shelters surge after NYCHA restrictions

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Tossed into the cold: Pit bulls at shelters surge after NYCHA restrictions

BY Amy Sacks
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Saturday, January 9th 2010, 4:00 AM

For most of his short life, Chase was able to enjoy the creature comforts of a safe, cozy home.

But for the last three weeks, the 2-year-old waggy-tailed, face-licking pup has instead been locked up in a steel cage at a noisy Manhattan shelter.

He is among the 171 unfortunate dogs surrendered to city shelters by their owners since April, after the New York City Housing Authority reduced the weight limit from 40 to 25 pounds and restricted specific breeds, including Pit bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans, either pure or mixed.

“Chase could not be friendlier, but he is condemned not for his character but for his weight and breed,” said Kevan Cleary[…]

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