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Del City, OK - In April of 2008, Del City, lost its pit bull ban due to a law suit brought by a pit bull owner. Del City had implemented the ban in 1989, two years prior to the state adopting a prohibition to breed-specific law. Because the ban predated the state law, it ought to have been legally sound. But for unknown reasons, the city chose not to appeal the lawsuit. Here is a recent result of the loss of the ban, which had been intact for nearly 20 years:
"A mailman is still recovering after being attacked by a pit bull last month. Dennis Harrold of Del City has worked as a letter carrier for 12 years and had several run-ins with dogs. But this time, the encounter could have killed him. Harrold said, "Just halfway up the steps, a pitbull came charging out. About the time I hit the ground, that's when the pitbull had me by the skull."
Del City police have cited the dog's owners for having "vicious animals at large" numerous times. Chris and Shanesta Thomas have been fined for continuing to let their animals run at large. They were not at home when NewsChannel 4 stopped by for a comment. City officials want the dogs removed from city limits permanently. A public hearing is being held Tuesday night to decide if the dogs are a public nuisance."
Simultaneous to Del City's abandonment of the ban, Midwest City (the only other Oklahoma city we have documented with a pit bull law), chose to fight on. Midwest is a charter city and under state law, charter cities can override state law. The video clip shows an interview with City Attorney Katherine Bolles (January 23, 2009). It appears Midwest City officials are energetic about appealing the recently lost court ruling that reversed their ban.
09/22/08: Oklahoma: One State's Struggle with a Breed-Specific Prohibition
05/04/07: Flashback: A Review of Oklahoma's Pit Bull Legislative Attempts
11/15/05: Flashback: Professional Poll Shows Oklahomans Favor Pit Bull Ban