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McAlester woman wants dogs destroyed after bites

SONYA COLBERG Modified: June 12, 2009 at 10:34 am •  Published: June 12, 2009
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What will happen to the dogs?
The owners willingly gave up the two big dogs, Dallas and Buster. Both lacked vaccination registrations with the city. They likely will be destroyed, Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee said. The other mid-sized and small dogs were registered and weren’t turned over. An animal control officer has fed and cared for the two dogs in separate pens and they’ve shown no aggressive behavior, he said.

"All she gets is wagging tails and dogs that want to be petted,” he said.

"They’re normally nice,” said Patricia Nasuta, the woman at the home when McCarty was attacked.

Brinlee said he wants to make sure nothing like that happens again.

He said he’s concerned because he understands young children live at the residence.

"I want the dogs put to sleep,” McCarty said. "That way this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

What the laws say
Brinlee said the town doesn’t have an ordinance that limits number of pets.

He said that’s an issue Wilburton definitely needs to consider.

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, has tried to ban pit bull terriers. He’s also tried to pass a "first bite misdemeanor” law that would charge the dog owner $1,000 and several days in jail the first time a dog bites. He said, after a 3-year-old in his district lost his arm to a pit bull terrier, he decided to fight for more control over dogs.

"For over a century they’ve been bred for one thing: to bring down its prey and kill it. You can’t take that out of them,” Wesselhoft said.

"Because of that, I think they should be classified as an exotic animal. I think they should be put in zoos,” he said.