OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Capitol is a tourist attraction for thousands of people every year.
But two women won’t be returning to that area for a while.
They say they were attacked by stray dogs that live in surrounding neighborhoods earlier this month.
Now, city officials are now trying to get the stray dogs off the streets.
Trace Lyons, with OKC Animal Welfare Control, says two women were recently bitten on the state capitol complex grounds by stray dogs that were pit bull mixes and labrador mixes.
Since then, they have used traps to capture five dogs.
Three of them had to be put down.
Lyons says being friendly to a stray dog is not recommended.
“Even though (people are) feeding them and giving them water, they can be very aggressive,” he said. “You don’t want to be around them.”
One of the victims, Deidra Horan of Colorado, sent us a photo of a bite she suffered while visiting the capitol on vacation.
She took her final rabies shot Tuesday.
Three weeks later, she is still sore.
“We want to get these dogs and get them off the premises,” said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph.
OHP is urging everyone to steer clear of any dog they see in the area.
“We don’t know whose they are or how vicious they could be,” said Randolph.
Lyons says never stare down a stray dog and don’t run.
That will only trigger a chase.
“You’ve got to remain calm,” he said. “Don’t panic. Not all dogs are out to bite somebody.”
Lyons said none of the five pit bull mixes and labrador mixes that were trapped were identified as the attacking dogs, so the State Health Department could not check them for rabies.
In the last 18 months, he said there have been nearly 1,200 reports of dog bites in Oklahoma City.