Tulsa Reverses Unwritten Breed Ban
|May 24, 2008||Posted by russmead under Breed Bans|
Tulsa, OklahomaÂ has abandoned its policy of not adopting out pit bulls or pit bull mixes. The city’s animal shelter has announced it will allow these dogs to be adopted.Â
The rejection of the uncodified breed ban was prompted, in part, by a legal opinion of the city’s attorneys who cited a 2007 Oklahoma appeals court ruling. In that ruling the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals struck down Oklahoma City’s policy of not adopting out pit bulls, saying it violated the state’s ban on breed discrimination. Click here for more on that ruling.
Tulsa did not, however, immediately change its policy following the court ruling. It was not until this spring when Sam Thompson, a local citizen, complained that he was not allowed to adopt two stray pits bulls found when theyÂ wandered into a shop, that the city began a review of the policy. Â
The dogs Thompson sought to adopt were taken to the city’s shelter and euthanized.
The Tulsa city shelter had defended its breed ban by claiming it prevented use of pit bulls and pit bull mixes in dog fighting. The shelter staff has made clear no pit bull or pit bull mix will be adopted out if it demonstrates aggression.