OKLAHOMA CITY- A bill providing much harsher penalties for owners of dangerous dogs that attack another person passed overwhelmingly on the House floor today.

House Bill 2813, by State Representatives Lee Denney (R-Cushing) and Trebor Worthen (R-Oklahoma City), would make it a misdemeanor when a dog attacks another person punishable by a fine of no more than $1,000 for a first offense and no more than $5,000 for a second offense.

The bill would also make it a felony if the dog kills another person and would subject the owner to no more than five years in prison or a fine of no more than $25,000, or both.

“Owners of dangerous dogs need to be held accountable for their dog's actions," said Denney. "When you make the decision to own a dangerous dog, you should be held to a higher standard."

The bill would also require dog owners convicted when their animals attack another person to perform 40 hours of community service.

HB 2813 now moves to the Senate for consideration.