Many bull breed advocates are aware that the Department of the Army instituted a new pet policy for privatized housing which went into effect January 2009. If you are unaware of this policy, it states in pertinent part:
Tenants of privatized housing on Army installations must adhere to the following requirements:
(b) May not board in privatized housing any dog of a breed (including a mixed breed) deemed aggressive or potentially aggressive … For purposes of this policy, aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs are defined as:
(1) Pit Bulls;
(3) Doberman Pinschers;
(4) Chows; and
(5) Wolf Hybrids
I don’t know how vigorously each individual army base is enforcing this new policy, but having read the memorandum issued by the Department of the Army, it appears the intent is to standardize the policy on all army bases across the country. What I am very certain of, however, is that the Ft. Campbell , Kentucky base is enforcing the new policy.
I recently received a message from a Sergeant stationed at the Fort Campbell Animal Shelter. She said that while there is a grandfather clause in place, the base shelter has been flooded with pit bulls. The closest shelter to Ft. Campbell is also flooded due to the ban on the base. The Ft. Campbell shelter is looking for rescues/sanctuary/foster homes to help with these dogs as they don’t want to be forced to put them all down.
I’m sure this crisis will not be limited to the Ft. Campbell base, and if you read Part II of this post, you can learn how to possibly make a change to this new policy and get assistance to military personnel before too many more of these innocent animals have to lose their lives.
IN THE MEANTIME… there is an immediate need for assistance with pit bulls at the Fort Campbell, Kentucky base shelter. The shelter is currently houseing 4 puppies – 2 males and 2 females. In addition, there are 2 adult females and one adult male. A donation fund is in place to get these dogs spayed or neutered prior to being released to rescue.
I cannot stress the urgency of this situation. There is simply no place for these dogs to go and, according to the Sergeant, a “flood of pit bulls” is coming into the base shelter. In addition, the closest shelter to the base is also overflowing due to the new policy. The base personnel do not want to put these dogs down, and they need our help now.
Let me stress one very important thing… these are all good dogs. They were beloved family pets. They have been stereotyped and judged based solely on their appearance, and if they are not rescued, they will pay the ultimate price for the fear and ignorance of humans.
If you can rescue, foster, or offer a forever home to a dog whose only “crime” is being born a pit bull, please contact Sergeant Polizzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures of all our Ft. Campbell “orphans” are above.