Family Concerned Over Pit Bull Attacks In SE OKC Neighborhood

Monday, April 2nd 2012, 7:00 pm

Residents in a southeast Oklahoma City neighborhood are complaining of a major Pit Bull problem. This after a family's dog was almost killed yesterday.

According to the family, the dogs broke though a fence into their back yard, the yard where their children play. They say this is the latest in a five-year ordeal.

Boudrow, a two-year-old English bulldog, was recovering from surgery Monday afternoon.

"He didn't know where he was, he was hurt so bad," said Billy Shahan, the dog's owner.

"I yelled at my grandmother 'three big pit bulls in the yard'," said Shahan's six-year-granddaughter as she explained how she walked into her back yard and saw the dogs fighting.

The dogs have been picked up by animal control. But the family says that likely won't solve the problem. Because it's all happened before. Dogs who belonged to the same owner bit Shahan's ex-wife last year.

"They've attacked her, they've tried to attack my friend in his garage three houses up the street," said Shahan.

Oklahoma City Animal Control says they have been called to the house at least three times on vicious dog calls and have confiscated and destroyed some animals. But Shahan says his neighbors just go and get more dogs.

"The process is the same for each incident, so there's nothing in the ordinance that we can do to require they don't get another dog," said Jon Gray, with the Oklahoma City Animal Control.

By this afternoon, there was a new dog in Shahan's neighbor's yard,

Boudrow will be okay, but Shahan has a $2,000 vet bill. And a fear that there will be a next time and it will be worse.

" We can't live in fear everyday that one of these dogs is going to hurt one of our children," said Shahan.

News 9 did try to contact the Shahan's neighbors but we were told the dogs' owners were not home.

Animal control tells us since the pit bulls were involved in attacking another animal, they will a probably be destroyed.