Laws

OKLAHOMA LAW ON ABANDONING ANIMALS

  1. Abandoning of domestic animals along streets or highways or in any public place prohibited
    Any person who deposits any live dog, cat, or other domestic animal along any private or public roadway, or in any other private or public place with the intention of abandoning the domestic animal upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
  2. Penalty
    Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of Sections 1686, 1688, 1689 and 1691 of this title shall be punished by a fine in an amount not less thanOne Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or by both said fine and imprisonment.

 

PUPPY MILLS 

If you have information regarding a Puppy Mill please call the toll free Puppy Mill Tip Line 1-877-MILL-TIP [1-877-645-5847]. This tip line was created by the Humane Society of the United States to encourage the public – especially law enforcement officers with inside information – to contact the HSUS Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force for help. Your name and personal information will be held in confidence.

The Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force investigates puppy mills and works with law enforcement, animal shelters and other agencies to stop abuse and to ensure enforcement of existing laws. The task force also provides expert guidance to local, state and federal agencies in the prosecution of animal abusers as it relates to the operation of puppy mills. The Task Force has assisted in the rescue of more than 1,200 dogs and puppies from abusive situations at puppy mills.

The Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force is named in honor of Kenneth and Lillian Wilde, who donated a portion of their estate to The HSUS to help dogs. Thanks to the Wildes, the HSUS was able to expand the organization’s capacity to rescue more animals from the inhumane puppy mill industry and to raise national awareness of the pain and tragedy that can lurk behind the inviting visage of a young puppy for unwary buyers.

Puppy Mill Facts:

Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care, live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction, and are confined inside cramped wire cages for life. Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles. They are sold in pet stores, online, or out of vehicles in parking lots and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog’s health, genetic history or future welfare.

Consumers should never buy a puppy from a pet store or internet site or a parking lot; instead visit an animal shelter, breed rescue group, or visit a breeder’s home and meet the puppy’s parents.

Pet Breeder Information:

Oklahoma State Board of Commercial Pet Breeders
2800 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105)
(405) 521-3864 MAIN LINE
(405) 522-0909 FAX
1-855-866-3894 TOLL FREE ANIMAL ABUSE AND UNLICENSED BREEDER HOTLINE

 

ANIMAL FIGHTING (HSUS against animal fighting)

The law in Oklahoma states that dog fighting or possession of dogs for fighting is a felony offense punishable by 1 – 10 years in the penitentiary and a $2,000.00 to $25,000.00 fine. Being a spectator at a dog fight is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a maximum of 1 year in jail and a $500 fine.

The law in Oklahoma states that cock fighting, possession of cocks for fighting and possession of implements (for cock fighting) are all felony offenses punishable by 1 – 10 years in the penitentiary and a $2,000.00 to $25,000.00 fine.  Being a spectator at a cock fight is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 1 year in jail and a $500 fine.

If you have information regarding persons conducting dog fights or cock fights

call 1-877-TIP-HSUS [1-877-847-4787] and speak with an investigator.

Your name and personal information can be kept confidential.

The HSUS offers up to a $5,000 REWARD for information

leading to the arrest and prosecution of an animal fighter.

Dog fighting is a sadistic “contest” in which two dogs—specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight—are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators’ entertainment and gambling.  Fights average one to two hours, ending when one of the dogs will not or cannot continue.

The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dogfights are frequently severe, even fatal. The American pit bull terriers used in the majority of these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attempts to overcome their opponents. With their extremely powerful jaws, they are able to inflict severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones.  Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well; pit bulls who are born “cold,” or won’t fight, may be kept around to sic other dogs on.

Learn how to spot the signs of dog fighting. If you suspect dog fighting activity, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice and assistance.  You may also do this anonymously.

Post our dog fighting reward posters [PDF] in your community. For free posters, send us an email (include your name, address and the number of posters you’d like).