Fort Hood, TX - A reader of DogsBite.org has brought to our attention that Fort Hood, a U.S. Army post, has recently passed a new pit bull law. The regulation prohibits new pit bulls and their crosses from living on base housing. It requires existing pit bulls to be registered with the Fort Hood Veterinary Clinic (FHVC) by 10 July 8. If the dog has not been registered by this time, it will be subject to removal.
Military law supercedes state law, so Fort Hood is not bound by the State of Texas that prohibits breed-specific law. DogsBite.org has a section within Legislating Dogs that lists military bases that have adopted breed-specific law. This list continues to grow. Sadly, after a rottweiler mauling in 2005 and a pit bull attack that led to death in 2007, Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) still refuses to adopt breed-specific law.
05/17/08: 2008 Fatality: Julian Slack's Death Brings Back Bad Memories
05/15/08: 2008 Fatality: Child Dies In Pit Bull Attack At Camp Lejeune
12/08/08: Rottweiler Attack Prompts Military Base to Revisit Pet Policies
Outside of Camp Lejeune, military organizations are miles and miles ahead of most city dog policy. The list of military bases with proactive dog policy is impressive indeed.