Boxer Hopkins fights for pit bull population control in Camden

The group New Jersey Aid for Animals is getting help from boxer Bernard Hopkins, the former middleweight champion, to advertise a pit bull spay and neuter program.New Jersey Aid for Animals founder and CEO Kathy McGuire said pit bulls make up 80 percent of dogs at Camden shelters.  Her organization is a non-profit that helps low-income families spay or neuter their pit bulls. She says it’s tough spreading the word. “Camden City is 10 square miles with 100,000 people. And I drive around in my little car and say, ‘Hey! Want to get your pit bull neutered?'” She said, “it’s a daunting task.” A new billboard featuring Bernard Hopkins, a Philadelphia native, informs Camden residents that they can spay or neuter their pit bulls–for free.  Hopkins is pictured on the billboard with a pit bull named Isis.  

“There are people out there that are breeding these dogs to fight,” said Hopkins. “Let’s keep it real.” In addition to his image, Hopkins is donating $10,000 to the advertising campaign.

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