Midwest City, OK: Breed ban struck down

Oklahoma state law prohibits municipalities from passing breed bans. However, Midwest City had a long-standing breed ban that included pit bulls, bull terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

A resident dog owner sued the city, and after several years of ongoing court battles (during which several lower courts ruled against the city), the state Supreme Court declined to hear the city’s appeal. Thus, the ruling against the city stands; Midwest City cannot legally ban breeds.

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Supreme Court overturns pit bull ban

Jesse Wells, KFOR
6:29 p.m. CST, March 9, 2011

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — A Midwest City family wins a long overdue court battle against the city. The family had been fighting for years to save their bull terrier pets. This week a state supreme court ruling ends the long legal battle.

Lower courts had previously ruled the dog ban violated state law.

This week the state supreme court refused to take up the issue, which means the Midwest City ban is now officially dead.[…]

After filing suit in 2007, Scott Adams always argued and lower court judges agreed, Oklahoma state law prohibits dog bans from being breed specific.

“It was a waste of money and time. I tried to tell everyone that from day one but the city wanted to pursue it. We defended it and won,” said the Stuckey’s attorney Scott Adams.[…]

With no more legal options, Midwest City could still lobby state lawmakers to overturn state law.

They could also draft a new, much less restrictive ordinance.

Full article retrieved 3/9/11 from http://www.kfor.com/news/local/kfor-news-pit-bull-outlaw-overturned-mwc-story,0,214449.story

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