ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – The Robeson County Board of Health adopted a policy that no longer allows for the adoption of pit bulls under four months of age that haven't been spayed or neutered.
Bill Smith, director of the Health Department of Robeson County, said the policy was adopted by the board on May 1.
Smith added that the board has been looking at the pit bull issue for the past four years. The agency did not want to ban the breed in the county, so this alternative was decided upon.
The county's animal shelter staff will look at the general characteristics to determine if a dog is a pit bull or a pit bull mix, according to Smith.
Puppies that aren't eligible for adoption would be sent out to state rescue groups.
Smith said that, over the past year, 114 animals have been declared "vicious" in the county.
"Over half are pit bulls that have created the issues," he said.
Recently, a Robeson County woman was viciously attacked by one of the dogs.