The Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese moved to Oklahoma City in 1926. In 1933, the Sisters opened up one school in Midtown and another school in 1960, which is located on the south side. In 2005, a pit bull breeder built a kennel on adjacent property to the south facility, Villa Teresa Moore School, which services children ages 3-5. The kennel holds 42 pit bulls and is located 1,800 feet away.
DogsBite.org has tracked the legal steps the Sisters have taken to remove the kennel, Taylor Made Terriers, operated by Kenneth Gonzales prior to a tragedy occurring.
Protecting the Children at Villa Teresa Moore School:
03/23/10: Villa Teresa School Run by Carmelite Sisters Suffers Series of Vandalism
12/03/08: Oklahoma City Council Appeals Ruling, Helping Nuns
09/19/08: Sisters of Villa Teresa Moore One Step Closer
07/15/08: Another Victory for the Carmelite Nuns
07/12/08: Carmelite Nuns in Civil Court to Remove Pit Bull Kennel
06/22/08: Pit Bull Breeder at Odds with Nuns Owes Thousands in Unpaid Taxes
06/20/08: The Carmelite Nuns Back in Court; First Enforcement Attempt Denied
06/06/08: VICTORY for the Oklahoma Nuns and Preschool
06/04/08: Nuns Seek Law to Keep Pit Bulls Away from School