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Three-Year Study Says Oklahoma is Treating Animals Just OK

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A group wants Oklahoma to be the best place for animals by 2032, but we have some work to do.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation Safe and Humane initiative's three-year Oklahoma Animal Study says from pets to wildlife, the state is average in animal treatment.

Study co-author Manda Overturf Shank said their work reveals more than how animals are treated.

"We see there's a link between both how animals are doing and how people are doing, and we just want to see that improvement in our communities in Oklahoma," Shank said.

One recommendation is making more resources available for certain parts of Oklahoma to tackle pet overpopulation.

"There are some current laws that restrict the publicly funded shelters and where they can be put, and hopefully we can look at maybe lifting those restrictions so that there can be more shelters in our rural parts of the state," Shank said.

Other improvements the foundation wants to see are prohibitions on privately owning dangerous wild animals, a state emergency animal response plan, and licensed and inspected shelters.

One good thing noted in the study is Oklahoma has many organizations to help all types of animals.

"There may be some problems that we see here. There may be some policies that could change," Shank said. "But overall, we have a group of people out there that could make some positive things happen."