Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Oklahoma City, OK - A victory is being celebrated for the Carmelite nuns fighting a pit bull kennel that is adjacent to their school for young children. This is the latest chapter in a two-year battle. Their fight has gone before several judges, and now the city council. DogsBite.org provided a letter to the mayor and city council members for this hearing. Due to the hard work of many people, the Sisters are now one step closer to forcing the removal of the kennel.
From left: Veronica Higgins, Patricia Ann Miller, Kenneth Gonzales (breeder), pit bull
We recommend that you watch the video in the article (right column link). You can see the children playing at recess in very close proximity to the kennel. Patricia Ann Miller with Villa Teresa Moore said, "That is just a terrible thought to have that possibility looming over these children." The Sisters fear a dog may escape the kennel and attack one of their children. DogsBite.org agrees. YouTube is filled with videos depicting pit bulls scaling fences and climbing trees.
Sister Veronica Higgins said, "I hate to say I want anyone to shut down, but I would really like for him to move elsewhere." Under Oklahoma State law the kennel should close. Back in June, Governor Brad Henry signed into law Senate Bill 1754, which bans dog kennels from operating within 2,500 feet of a school in a city with the population over 300,000. But instead of forcing the kennel to shut down, the law is tied up in a legal battle due to the kennel operator.
The nuns went before city council, asking them to appeal the most recent court ruling. A judge in Oklahoma County ruled the kennel law is unconstitutional. But a judge in Cleveland County ruled previously, it is constitutional. The council voted to appeal the former ruling and let a higher court decide. The Sisters consider this a victory. "It's been a long journey," Higgins said. "I know the journey's still going on, but at least one more step toward completion."
The court will have the final say, and the nuns plan to fight until the end.
06/25/08: Coverage of Catholic Sisters Seeking to Remove Pit Bull Kennel
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| 12/03/2008 7:39 PM |
" A judge in Oklahoma County ruled the kennel law is unconstitutional"
This is the problem. Judges doing dirty work for special interest groups.
The breeders and fighters try to claim that any breeder laws are unconstitutional.
Makes no sense. We are a nation of laws. Communities pass laws. They have the right to regulate.
| 12/04/2008 4:48 PM |
From what I can find on some earlier amnesty programs, they can't evade the taxes, just some of the penalties
"The amendment authorized the Oklahoma Tax Commission to forgive penalties that otherwise would have been levied on tardy tax payments, to entice scofflaws to voluntarily disclose and pay taxes they owed the state."
| 12/04/2008 10:03 PM |
The dog owner is Native American. Maybe he feels he doesn't have to pay taxes or care about the neighbors or the children - even though the school has been there over 40 years - most native Americans I know respect life and nature and value the lives of the young -knowing that's our future.
| 12/09/2008 11:21 PM |
All I can say is thank God Kenny has the money and guts to fight this. What could most of us do? We'd be screwed. I sure hope he wins.
Yeah, we were talking to him at the Denton show in September, saying much the same thing. He definitely feels that this is a matter of principle. I'm not glad it happened to him, but I'm glad it happened to him and not someone who was so dirt poor that they'd just have to roll over, you know?
ALL I CAN SAY IS YEAH, IT'S A GOOD THING HE DIDN'T PAY THOSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TAXES. HE WOULDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO CHALLENGE THE SISTERS IN COURT.
THANK GOD FOR TAX EVASION. WHEW!
| 12/10/2008 10:07 PM |
Boy, am I confused by the last comments - who's been 'screwed' - people who've been living and serving families for more than 40 - 60 years - have a person move in with 42 pitbulls - give me a break!