Opponents of the breed-specific legislation urge city council to qualify vicious dogs by their behavior, rather than breed. "For years and years, we've been trying to convince the city to let us rescue pit bulls," said Yendes. But in the past four years, 365 pit bulls were indiscriminately euthanized at the Springfield animal shelter.
Following two months of negotiations, April 13 began the six-month trial period allowing unclaimed pit bulls to be pardoned - provided they jump through a few hoops. Dogs must pass rigorous temperament testing by both animal control and their rescue group to be eligible for adoption, said Yendes.