Will more pit bulls be rescued under Springfield's new law?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Animal lovers are rejoicing after the laws in Springfield changed, making it easier to save pit bulls from being euthanized at Springfield’s animal control.
But some say just because more rescue organizations can pull pit bulls from animal control, that doesn’t mean they will.
Before Monday’s city council meeting, Castaway Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) was the only organization that was able to take pit bulls from animal control. But the rescue had to pay for a million-dollar liability insurance plan in order to do so.
CARE’s Adoption Coordinator Anna Yendes says she’s happy the city council changed the law, allowing other organizations to rescue the pit bulls. But she explained that the insurance policy is pricey.
“It has definitely been a burden on us. We have been complying with it because we did want to save these dogs so much. And I do believe that even though it is kind of a hurdle to jump… We’re hoping that other rescues can meet that requirement as well,” she said.
Others say it’s barely a step forward at all.
Jennifer Silverberg owns a pet shop in south Springfield. She’s also a devoted member of the Springfield Bully Alliance, a group that has been fighting the city’s breed-specific legislation for years.
“Now they’ve opened it up to other rescues, but now these other rescues have the burden of a million dollar insurance coverage. Which, these are all non-profit groups that struggle as it is, day to day,” said Silverberg.
She says the new law won’t make it any easier for rescue organizations to save the pit bulls.
“They kind of set the rescues up for failure. Because even if we all pull all of the pit bull type dogs from Springfield Animal Control, we can’t adopt back out to our largest population center,” Silverberg said.
She says as long as the city has specific laws and restrictions for pit bulls and their owners,
It’s going to be a struggle for rescues to find them families.
“Breed discrimination is still in place in Springfield, and we want the city to remove it,” she said.
We reached out to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri to see if they plan to start rescuing pit bulls from Animal Control. A worker there says they have not yet decided, but the board will discuss it in a meeting next week.