Tell Oklahoma Officials: Shawnee AC Needs to Stop Automatically Gassing Pit Bulls & Pit Mixes
  • Petitioned Billy Collier

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Commissioner Ward IV
Billy Collier
Commissioner Ward V
John Winterringer
Commissioner Ward VI
Steve Smith
Commissioner Ward III
James Harrod
Pam Stephens
Linda Peterson
Vice Mayor
Frank Sims
Oklahoma Governor

Tell Oklahoma Officials: Shawnee AC Needs to Stop Automatically Gassing Pit Bulls & Pit Mixes

    1. Petition by

      Larissa Tuttle

      Mission Viejo, CA


There is an ordinance at the Shawnee, OK Animal Control that pit bulls and pit mixes will not be adopted out. They are held for 48 hours like all other animals, and if during that time the owner does not come to get them, they are automatically gassed to death.  

No chance for adoption.

No chance for rescue.

No hope for a new life. 

The photo on this petition is just one example of a dog that was gassed by Shawnee Animal Control because the impounding officers labeled him as part pit bull and DENIED rescue. (Does this even look like a pit mix to you?!)

Not a pit bull.

Not a pit mix.

Gassed anyway.

Several shelters have offered to adopt out the pit bulls and pit mixes (and those mislabeled as pit mixes). Rescues have tried to pull them… But they have been told "no" because the ordinance dictates that if an owner doesn’t reclaim them within 48 hours they need to be killed.

There is no breed specific legislation (BSL) in Oklahoma. Actually BSL appears illegal in the state of OK. Read for yourself… 

Oklahoma Statutes Title 4. Animals. Chapter 3. Dogs and Cats:

B. Potentially dangerous or dangerous dogs may be regulated through local, municipal and county authorities, provided the regulations are not breed specific. Nothing in this act shall prohibit such local governments from enforcing penalties for violation of such local laws.

Also, read this:,0,214449.story

The case of Jerry Stuckey vs. Midwest City, OK was tried by Attorney R. Scott Adams. They've been fighting since 2007 to force Midwest City to repeal their BSL and the ruling came down this March. Oklahoma cannot gas pit bulls or pit mixes based solely on their breed. State law prohibits dog bans from being breed specific. If Shawnee AC had been abiding by this ruling, the dog in this photo and many others would still be alive, happy, and safe. 

This breed discrimination and cruelty needs to stop. Please sign this petition and tell the mayor, governor, and other officials: Shawnee Animal Control needs to stop automatically gassing pit bulls, pit mixes, and "mislabeled" dogs NOW.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Heather Zimmerman CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing so others can have the opportunity to have a loving, loyal pitbull like my family has had for the last 4 years. She is the light of our lives. Pitbulls are wonderful dogs with playful spirits and they love to clown around!

    • Phillip Irwin RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      This is unacceptable. These laws and ordinances are based on prejudice, slanderous lies and misinformation. Just imagine, how would you like it if the belief that Oklahomans are just a bunch of vicious, in-bred, ignorant yahoos would get you put down out of hand.... You may, however, put down the sorry, low-life scum that fights pit bulls and trains them to aggression. THEY are the real problem.

    • Angela Gebhardt LINCOLN, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      These precious animals are 100% adoptable when trained and treated correctly. They may come into your facility with inappropriate behaviors, but believe me, they CAN be rehabilitated. There is plenty of documentation to back this up. I'm not certain where this "rule" comes from, but by not giving these dogs a chance, you will continue to fuel the incorrect notion that pitbulls/mixes are dangerous. Please correct this action by getting rid of this 48-hour rule and treating them as you do all other dogs. Thank you for your time and attention.

      • over 2 years ago

      We adopted a pit bull mix 3 years ago and have never had such an affectionate dog. Cannot imagine not having him - find it abhorrent that Shawnee is gassing pitties.

      • over 2 years ago

      Shawnee cannot gas pitbulls or pit mixes based solely on their breed. They are breaking OK state law. If they had been abiding by their own laws, these babies and many more would still be alive


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