Animal Control can now adopt out so-called bully breeds

The City Council has approved an initiative led by City Council Member Lisa Goodman (Ward 7) that will allow Minneapolis Animal Care and Control to adopt out bully breeds, such as pit bulls and rottweilers, to the general public.

Previously the dogs were transferred to animal rescue groups who then oversaw adoptions of the animals.

Even though Animal Care and Control has increased placement of bully dogs with rescue groups in recent years, many of bully dogs remained without a home and were subsequently euthanized. Of the 152 adoptable animals euthazized by Animal Care and Control in 2012, 45 percent were bully breed dogs, according to a report presented to the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee on Sept. 25.

Animal Care & Control has the goal of reducing shelter stays for all dogs to three days. In 2012, the average stay for a bully breed dog was 12 days.

All of the dogs will undergo behavioral assessments by Animal Care and Control’s contract veterinarian and potential dog adopters will be screened before the adoptions can be finalized.

For more information about adopting a pet from Animal Care and Control, go to