A Pit bull dog attack last week has galvanized a local group of citizens who want to see that particular breed of dog banned from Pauls Valley for good.

It was just one week ago when Doris Belicek was walking her small part Chihuahua, part Pomeranian dog, Rufus, when three Pit bull dogs suddenly showed up and snatched Rufus from her.

“They took him away and killed him,” said Belicek’s daughter, Colleen Martin. “It was horrible for my mother to see.”

According to Martin, her mother attempted to rescue her dog from the Pit bulls but retreated when one of the dogs became aggressive toward her, though she wasn’t attacked.

A 911 call brought Pauls Valley officers to the area where they found the pack of dogs with one of the dogs carrying Rufus in his mouth.

According to police reports, the dogs were owned by Sabrina Briley, who has been cited before for having dogs running loose.

The officers, along with Animal Control personnel, were able to retrieve Rufus from the dog carrying him and return his body to Belicek.

“He was mother’s only companion. Everyone loved him. It’s just horrible he died like that,” Martin said.

The incident has caused Martin and others in the community to join together in an effort to have Pit bulls banned from the city limits.

“We’re going to do whatever it takes to get these dogs out of our town,” Martin said. “They are vicious animals and no one is really safe as long as they are in our community.”

However, her battle may be over before it picks up any steam.

According to PV City Manager James Frizell, Oklahoma Statutes prohibit municipalities from specifically banishing a breed of dog from its city limits.

“Ms. Martin did request to be on Tuesday night’s agenda, however, in light of the state law we’re going to see if we can work something out with her and her mother prior to the city council meeting,” Frizell told the Daily Democrat.

That “something” is a review of the city ordinance by Frizell, Police Chief Dennis Madison and City Attorney Jay Carlton.

According to Pauls Valley City Ordinances, a dog can only be declared a nuisance, but not banned from being in the city.

“Animals which constitute a public nusiance...are subject to being taken up and disposed of pursuant to this Chapter or, if necessary in the judgment of the animal control office or other designated city, killed on site, or immediately upon capture,” the ordinance states.

Briley was given Animal at Large and Public Nuisance citations at the time of her arrest that day.

According to the police report, Briley showed officers where she alleged someone had tampered with the gate on her fence which led to the dogs running loose in the area.

“What we’re going to do is look over the city ordinance and see if there are any deficiencies in it. If not, then we may look at increasing the fines for dog owners who own a dog that has been deemed vicious,” Frizell said.

Frizell did not say how that determination would be made.

“It’s a start,” said Martin. “I realize not all breeds of dogs are vicious animals. But if something can be done to curb dog attacks in town, no matter what breed they are, will be helpful.”

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft has fought to banish Pit bulls in the state, but his legislation has been defeated by lawmakers.

Last year he filed House Bill 1082, which would have returned the right to outlaw certain dogs to cities and towns.

It would have also given county governments the authority to approve ordinances regulating dangerous dogs considered a public health risk. The bill never made it to the House floor for a hearing.

The Moore Republican filed legislation last month which strikes the breed specific stipulation from the statute.

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