Beginning September 30, 2012, pit bulls, rottweilers and wolf hybrids will no longer be allowed as pets on Marine Corps bases. The Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina says the restrictions are part of an initiative that began in 2009. When the “Pet Policy for Privatized Housing” went into effect, service members who lived on base and owned those breeds were given the opportunity to receive a waiver until the September 2012 deadline. While the 2009 pet policy grandfathered the dogs in, those who own these breeds must now “get rid” of them or find housing off base.
The Corps has also implemented a registration requirement for dogs living on base. During the registration process, base animal control will use DNA testing to determine if a dog is mixed with any of the banned breeds. They will also be testing dogs for aggressiveness. I’m assuming this aggressiveness test will be performed on all remaining dogs, as the specific breeds named in the policy are automatically determined “aggressive.”
Its interesting to note that the video along with the article on the WNCT website features what appears to be a dog fighting and/or cruelty bust and not dogs that are currently living on base. Perhaps the dogs on base didn’t quite meet the stereotype the station was trying to portray as the Corps says the policy is to “ensure the safety” of residents living on base.
In addition, the policy enacted in 2009 also included chows and dobermans. Its unclear whether the failure to mention these breeds is an oversight on the part of the reporter, or if the policy has been amended and these breeds are no longer considered “dangerous.”
HOW TO HELP:
Please contact the House and Senate members for your state’s Armed Services Committee and let them know this policy targets responsible pet owners and good dogs, and it forces families with loved ones putting themselves in harm’s way for their country additional and unnecessary stress and hardship.
To find out who your respective members are, please use the below links:
House Armed Services Committee:
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