Category Archives: Oklahoma

Oklahoma: SB362 would allow BSL in Oklahoma

Edit 4/10/11: This bill died in committee.

Oklahoma state law currently prohibits municipalities from passing BSL. Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced a bill (Cody’s Law) that would eliminate the language prohibiting breed specific ordinances in Oklahoma.

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.

The bill has been set to be introduced at a first reading on February 7, 2011.

You can track the bill’s progress here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/WebBillStatus/main.html

At this time, the Senate bill has no House companion.

It is imperative for Oklahoma residents to reach out to their respective legislators NOW, in this Bill’s initial stage, and voice their opposition to it.

To find your Senator: http://www.capitolconnect.com/oklahoma/
To find your representative in the House: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/

Thanks to Jodi for this alert!

LeFlore County, OK: Whispers of BSL

Nothing official has been proposed—nor has anyone approached the county board and requested a change in the law. Unclear who the “other LeFlore County residents” are in this article; perhaps the media is just trying to stir up controversy. Nevertheless, locals should be aware of this possible push for BSL.

The family and other LeFlore County residents want the county to take action. Some say pet owners do not keep their dogs locked up properly. Dallas’ family wants pit bulls banned for good. “No pit bulls allowed around children at all cause they’re too dangerous,” said Phillips.

Full article retrieved 1/6/11 from http://www.kspr.com/news/local/kfsm-river-valley-toddler-in-hospit-01052011,0,6557176.story

Midwest City, OK: Court of Appeals says city can’t ban breeds

Previous alerts for Midwest City:
http://stopbsl.com/2009/07/21/midwest-city-ok-mwc-residents-fight-over-dog-ban/
http://stopbsl.com/2009/07/14/midwest-city-ok/

Although OK state law prohibits BSL, Midwest City is a home rule city. The question that will be brought to the OK Supreme Court is whether Midwest City, as a home rule city, can pass laws that conflict with state law.

MWC dog appeals

Staff Writer
KFOR
4:23 PM CST, December 2, 2009

MIDWEST CITY, OK — A Midwest City couple is one step closer to keeping their dogs after a 2-Year battle with city officials. According to Jerry and Carol Stuckey, their trouble started when a city ordinance banned any breed of dog with the words “pit” or “bull” in their name. That means their bull terriers are not welcomed.[…]

Earlier this week the Oklahoma Court of Appeals agreed with Stuckeys and claim city officials can’t ban any breed of dog.[…]

Full article retrieved 12/4/09 from http://www.kfor.com/news/local/kfor-news-mwc-dog-appeals-story,0,5439940.story

Midwest City, OK: MWC, Residents Fight Over Dog Ban

Ridiculous quote of the month: Katherine Bolles, the City Attorney for Midwest City said, “Those dogs [pit bulls] will seek out small children or petite women as their prey. They don’t just bite them and release, they bite to kill.”

Please send your photos of petite women and small children hanging out with “pit bulls” to:
Katherine Bolles, City Attorney
100 N. Midwest Boulevard, Midwest City, OK 73110
405.739.1203
kbolles@midwestcityok.org

Contact page for Midwest City Mayor and City Council:
http://www.midwestcityok.org/mayorandcouncil

The Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 N. Midwest Boulevard.

Next city council meeting: July 28

http://www.ksbitv.com/news/51253812.html

MWC & Residents Fight Over Dog Ban

KSBI News
Story Created: Jul 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM CDT

Covering the metro, a battle continues in Midwest City over which dogs can be owned by residents. Bull terrier is one of the breeds that are not allowed. But a local family won a ruling to keep their dogs and now, the city is waiting for their appeal to be heard in court.

[…] Katherine Bolles, the City Attorney for Midwest City said, “Those dogs will seek out small children or petite women as their prey. They don’t just bite them and release, they bite to kill.”

Oklahoma Statute indicates that no one can practice specific breed banning. So Midwest City says they should be able to rule over local issues since they’re a Home-Rule Charter City.[…]

Midwest City, OK: Dogfight brews in Midwest City as breed law is enforced

http://www.mwcsun.com/local/local_story_194114927.html

Dogfight brews in Midwest City as breed law is enforced

By Aaron Wright, editor
The Sun
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.[…]