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Metro Boy Recovering From Pit Bull Attack
POSTED: 9:55 am CDT August 14, 2006
UPDATED: 11:18 am CDT August 14, 2006
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City boy is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull over the weekend, police said.
According to officers, the boy was walking with his mother near Northwest 40th Street and Penn Avenue on Sunday morning, when the dog got loose.
Police said the dog bit the boy's arm before animal control officers could capture it.
The attack prompted state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft to offer legislation during the next session to pan pit bulls.
A similar measure failed last year; however, this time Wesselhoft said he could craft legislation that would let cities decide on banning the dogs, instead of a statewide ban.
"We need to give the authority back to the city councils and mayors because they're closer to the people," Wesselhoft said.
However, the legislation will be met with some opposition.
"If he thinks that dog bites are going to go away if you make pit bulls go away, he's sorely, sorely mistaken," said pit bull owner Molly Gibb.
Wesselhoft said he has heard from city leaders in Bartlesville and Tonkawa. He said that leaders there told him they were interested in pit bull bans.
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