Advocates: Dog laws shouldn’t be breed-specific
August 14, 2009 02:38 AM
By Gema Maria Duarte
The Doylestown Intelligencer
[...] That attack and two others since then have borough and state officials trying to adjust the state’s dog law to allow municipalities to create their own dog ordinances. While that proposed legislation sits in Harrisburg, the borough will enforce the state’s current dog law, officials said.
State law allows attacking dogs to be returned to their owners with a warning to keep the pets under control. Pennsylvania has a three-strike policy, which allows the pet’s return after two incidents unless a dog kills or grievously injures a person. A third incident and the dog is euthanized.[...]
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Dogfight brews in Midwest City as breed law is enforced
By Aaron Wright, editor
Published: July 13, 2009 01:49 pm
[...] Enforcing Midwest City ordinance Article 4, Section 8-171, the city officials confronted Carol and Jerry Stuckey in December of 2007 about their ownership of bull terriers. According to the ordinance, bull terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier breeds constitute the definition of a pit bull.
Referencing Oklahoma statute Title 4, section 46 about not being able to practice breed specific banning, the Stuckey’s took the city of Midwest City to court.
The court ruled in favor of the Stuckeys. The city appealed the decision.
“Really, probably the key thing about this case is that it’s not about dogs,” said Katherine Bolles, city attorney for Midwest City. She said the city is most interested in having the courts define the powers of a home-rule charter city, which Midwest City is.[...]
Currently, the city is working on filing briefs. Midwest City has hired an attorney in Edmond that specializes in home-rule charters and municipal law. The $200 an hour fee for the attorney comes out of a fund set aside to address lawsuits.
“It’s very significant for all municipalities in the state,” said Bolles.[...]