Tulsa, OK asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma

Q: How many dogs you are legally allowed to own in the state of Oklahoma?

My neighbor has 7 dogs and she leaves them outside chained to very thin home made dog houses with no bedding/straw/ etc. These are short chains they often get tangled in. I rarely see food and water for these dogs. I called the local sheriff and was told they can not help the shelter situation, (we have a cold snap coming this weekend and I'm afraid these dogs are going to freeze to death) and he said he didn't know the laws on how many someone is allowed to own. Honestly he seemed to not know ANY laws about animals and unfortunately there is no animal control in my area

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Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Most of these laws are covered under city municipal codes and not under state law (your local sheriff is enforcing state law not city codes). The state statute that would be closest to your situation is 21 OS §1685 which states "... deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care to prevent suffering,..." This does not limit the amount of animals, however if the person is depriving the animals of necessary food, drink, and shelter and if found guilty could face a felony charge. The problem is that 'necessary' is not defined and therefore arguable as to what necessary shelter would be.

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