4 October 2006
Putting some teeth in the ordinance
Oklahoma City has adopted new animal-control laws for the first time in twenty-five years, and it's going to take a little more time to fine-tune at least one of them.
Upside: There is no presumption that, say, a dog is "dangerous" because of its breed. Downside: Who gets to define "dangerous"? So the section on "aggressive behavior" (§ 8-132) is on hold until a Council subcommittee with input from citizens and animal-welfare groups, if Sam Bowman (Ward 2) has his way, which seems only fair can nail down a definition that will pass muster and/or avoid litigation.
The main concern among pet owners is that dogs doing their jobs keeping strangers out will be punished. Some owners have dogs specifically to protect their property. I do. Burglars aren't scared of tail-wagging face lickers. However, neighbors are scared of fence-charging snarlers.
Other provisions are less controversial. The city has posted the changes [link to PDF file] to its Web site.Posted at 11:19 AM to City Scene