AG Drew Edmondson: Local laws can't ban specific breeds - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

AG Drew Edmondson: Local laws can't ban specific breeds

Updated:
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Local governments are prohibited under state law from enacting proposals to ban pit bull terriers or other specific breeds, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said in a legal opinion issued Tuesday.

``Current state law, as passed by the Legislature, clearly prohibits breed-specific bans,'' Edmondson said in a statement that accompanied the opinion. ``This language was written into state law during the 1991 session.''

Edmondson said the law provides that local government regulations must focus on ``dangerous or potententially dangerous dogs instead of specific breeds.''

The opinion was requested by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, who announced last month that he will introduce legislation to ban pit bull terriers and allow municipalities to discriminate against certain breeds.

Wesselhoft said the place for a pit bull ``is not in the back yard. It's in the Lincoln Park Zoo.''

Wesselhoft proposed the ban after the June 12 attack on a 3-year-old constituent, whose left arm was amputated at the shoulder after an attack by one of several pit bulls kept in the backyard of a home in his district. The owner was fined for having too many animals on his property.

Wesselholft's proposed ban drew opposition from pit bull terrier associations and animal rights groups.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.