Animal Control Reverses Anti-Pit Bull Policy

In a stark policy reversal for Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control, pit bull puppies will be eligible for adoption at the city-run animal shelter beginning June 1, the Tennessean reports. Previously, any dog with pit bull bloodlines would be killed if it was not claimed by its owner within the state-mandated three-day holding period. Advocates say such breed-specific policies are wrong and have contributed to Metro’s 78 percent kill rate. Additionally, adult pit bulls that pass a health and behavioral screening, and have no history of aggression toward people or other animals, will be eligible for adoption beginning in September.