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Oklahoma Considers Permitting BSL

(Monday, January 23, 2006)

As expected, legislation that would allow cities and counties to enact breed-specific legislation has once again been introduced in Oklahoma, this year by Sen. Cliff Aldridge. S1569 would repeal an existing law that forbids regulating dogs by breed.

The American Kennel Club strongly supports sound, enforceable, non-discriminatory legislation to govern dog ownership, and we appreciate legislators' desire to keep communities safe for both people and dogs. That's why we work closely with elected officials and the general dog owning public to promote responsible dog ownership, enforcement of strong leash laws, and development of clear guidelines to manage dangerous dog problems. Such methods can help prevent dog bites and other canine—related accidents from occurring. Conversely, banning or restricting certain breeds—as S1569 permits—will do little to promote public safety.

Oklahoma's current dangerous dog law forces all dog owners to be responsible regardless of the breed they own. Stronger enforcement of the existing law, rather than arbitrary, expensive new legislation, will best protect Oklahoma residents. AKC strongly opposes S1569, and we urge concerned dog owners to do the same.

What You Can Do:
• Contact the bill sponsor and voice your opposition to S1569. (For a list of talking points, click here.)
Ask him to withdraw the bill from consideration.
The Honorable Cliff Aldridge
State Capitol Bldg #533-B
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone:405/521-5584
Email: aldridge@oksenate.gov

• Contact your own Senator to express your concerns. To find out who represents you in Oklahoma, visit: http://www.capitolconnect.com/oklahoma/default.aspx.

• Watch AKC's Web site for further updates. S1569 will likely be referred to a committee in early February, and the Canine Legislation department will post more details at that time.

For more information on this or other legislative issues, please contact the Canine Legislation department (doglaw@akc.org).