OKC Council Passes Dangerous Dogs Ordinance

posted by Beth Myers -

Three months after an 82-year-old Oklahoma City woman was mauled to death by two dogs in her neighborhood, the Oklahoma City Council on Wednesday passed a new ordinance that updates the definition of menacing dogs and creates new requirements for dogs impounded by Animal Welfare. Among other things, an impounded dog would have to be microchipped and spayed or neutered. The owner would have to pay a registration fee and would have to prove they have an adequate enclosure for the dog. Violators could be fined up to $500 plus court costs for a first offense, and be sentenced up to 6 months in jail and fined up to $1,200 plus court costs for subsequent offenses.

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