Grant will fund licensing, fixing of KC pit bulls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nonprofit group is giving Kansas City a $100,000 grant to provide free licensing, vaccinations and spaying or neutering for pit bulls and pit bull mixes in two ZIP codes.

The donation announced Wednesday comes from PetSmart Charities, an animal welfare group created by the founders of the PetSmart chain of pet product stores.

Kansas City’s Animal Health and Public Safety Division says the two ZIP codes were chosen because they have an estimated 1,400 unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes and large numbers of low-income residents.

Animal control officers will talk to residents about getting their dogs altered or vaccinated at one of three participating veterinary clinics. There’s a limit of four dogs per household, and the services will be offered until the $100,000 grant is exhausted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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