DogsBite.org - From May 26, 2007 to July 31, 2010, DogsBite.org recorded 6 children from military families who suffered death due to dog bite injury. Of these cases, 3 occurred on base housing, 3 occurred off base housing and 2 of these involved dependents (Isis Krieger and Seth Lovitt) whose fathers were flown back from deployment. 67% (4) of the incidents involved pit bulls and 50% (3) involved family dogs1. Such losses to these families can only be described as massive.2
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Marine Corps Pet PolicyVirginia - Following the April action of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, which banned pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf hybrids and their mixes from base housing and prohibited visitors from bringing them onto base, the U.S. Marine Corps recently adopted the same policy for all U.S. and overseas Marine Corps installations. The new uniform pet policy cites similar language as spoken by base commanding officer Col. Richard P. Flatau Jr. following Camp Le… [Read full blog post]
Cites "Unreasonable Risk"
Jacksonville, NC - It was announced this week that Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune shifted policy for base housing. The shift comes on the heels of the U.S. Army adopting a similar policy across all RCI privatized housing facilities. From this point forward at Camp Lejeuene, pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf breeds and their mixes are prohibited aboard base. The Lejeune website adds, "Visitors are also banned from bringing these unauthorized dogs ont… [Read full blog post]
Lejeune's Policy Questioned
Camp Lejeune, NC - DogsBite.org pointed out the policy issue last week. In 2007, the Marine Corps was sued for 5 million dollars after a dog viciously attacked a young girl living at Camp Lejeune in 2005. The organization has done nothing in this 3-year time frame to enact policy to prevent a future tragedy. Likely as a result, Lejeune is now faced with a fatality.
Last week, 3-year-old Julian Slack bled to death on the way to the hospital after being b… [Read full blog post]