UPDATE: In late breaking news -
“It’s a flawed animal! Frankly, I believe it belongs in a zoo.” said Representative Paul Wesselhoft tells KOKH-TV Fox 25 in an evening report.
Wesselhoft authored a state bill a few years ago targeting pit bull owners. The measure gained no support. Today, he’s inspired to re-introduce measures that would impose tougher punishments for pit bull owners.
We will monitor this situation, if the measure appears to gain any ground at all we’ll provide you with contact information.
In 2011, Midwest City OK’s BSL was struck down by OK Supreme Court after a resident sued. The long standing ban was found unconstitutional.
Wednesday night an Oklahoma City woman was alledgedly fatally wounded by her granddaughters pit bull after it broke free from a cage during a severe thunder storm.
Now, another resident that claims he was attacked 2 years ago by yet another dog is speaking out in support of state law that would ‘make sure it never happens again.’
Elliot says, “I think you have a right to own a pit bull dog, I’m not saying that you don’t. But the dog has a propensity to be more aggressive by nature.” Elliot thinks pit bull owners should have a special license to own one and he believe there should be tougher punishments for people who let their pit bulls run loose.
According to Okalohoma state law §4-46
“B. Potentially dangerous or dangerous dogs may be regulated through local, municipal and county authorities, provided the regulations are not breed specific. Nothing in this act shall prohibit such local governments from enforcing penalties for violation of such local laws.”
Per the State Supreme Court’s Ruling in March, 2011, ‘Home Rule’ does not provide any local government to enact BSL or supersede the state law.
“Pit Bull Attack Victim Wants Law
Oklahoma City Police continue to look into what caused a dog to attack and kill a woman in her own apartment Wednesday night. Police say Nellie Davis died after her granddaughter’s pit bull broke out of its kennel and attack her. Investigators believe a thunderstorm that night set the dog off.
Now another victim of a pit bull attack is coming forward to share his story. He hopes his story helps change state law.
Cecil Elliott says he was attacked by a pit bull two years ago. Elliott says the dog attacked while he was walking through his neighborhood. When Elliott heard about how Nellie Davis died from a dog attack, he says it brought back memories of his experience. Now he wants to make sure it never happens again. Eliott thinks pit bull owners should have a special license to own one and he believes there should be tougher punishments for people who let their pit bulls run loose….”