Oklahoma senator drops bill that would have allowed cities to ban certain dogs

The Enid senator who filed the bill says he is not pursuing the issue because it drew too much opposition. The bill would have allowed cities to ban any breed of dog.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: January 26, 2013

Call off the dogs.

Sen. Patrick Anderson said Friday he is not pursuing a bill he filed that would have allowed Oklahoma cities to ban any breed of dog.

“We're not going to move forward on it,” said Anderson, R-Enid. “There's just too much opposition to it.

“I certainly didn't anticipate there would be as many people as vocal about it as they have been,” he said. “We've got more important issues to deal with at the Capitol than that, and I don't want it to be a distraction.”

Sherry Stinson, who started an online petition against the measure, said she was glad to hear the matter is being dropped.

Her petition garnered more than 9,000 signatures in about two weeks.

“We're thrilled, we're absolutely thrilled,” said Stinson, of Bartlesville. “Now they can go ahead and focus on the laws that they really need to focus on and keep all of our furbabies all safe.”

Stinson, who owns a pit bull terrier she rescued three years ago, said she would like lawmakers to form a task force to make sure existing laws dealing with dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners are being enforced.