Redlands residents who own pit bulls may soon be required to spay or neuter them.
That's because the city is considering "regulating pit bull breeds," according to City Spokesman Carl Baker.
"Faced with frequent calls to police and animal control officers reporting loose and aggressive pit bulls, the City of Redlands is exploring an ordinance that would regulate pit bulls and pit bull mixes, potentially bringing the City into line with surrounding jurisdictions," Baker said in a press release Thursday.
According to Baker, there have been no fatal attacks involving pit bulls in the city, but there have been "several major injuries" reported.
"State law allows cities to mandate breed-specific spay/neuter programs," he said. "Any such ordinance would be brought before the City Council for consideration."
Baker said dog owners are encouraged to "be responsible" and make sure their pets are securely enclosed. Anyone who spots loose dogs in Redlands is asked to call the police department's dispatch at 911, he said.