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]
Letter to Commissioner Goodell | PDF
DogsBite.org - Prior to Michael Vick's reinstatement to the National Football League and in the wake of James Harrison's pet pit bull unleashing a violent attack on his 2-year old son and wife, DogsBite.org sent a letter to Commissioner Goodell1. We asked in our July 23 letter that the NFL take a stand against the ownership of pit bulls by its players or risk this prized All-American sport going to the "pits." We also asked that Vick address t… [Read full blog post]
Vicious and Threatening
New York, NY - On the heels of the U.S. Army (a federal institution) banning dangerous dog breeds from all U.S. base housing facilities, the New York City Housing Authority (a city, state and federally funded institution) followed suit. As of Friday, pit bulls, rottweilers and dobermans are banned from all city housing projects. Residents who currently own these breeds can keep them as long as they register their animals in the next 48 hours.
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Privatization Partners Pet Policy
UPDATE 03/17/09: DogsBite.org has received a copy of the official memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management regarding the standardized pet policy for privatized housing. The document was signed January 5, 2009 by Paul P. Bollinger Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Energy and Partnerships.
SUBJECT: Pet Policy for Privatized Housing Under the Army's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Priv… [Read full blog post]
Fort Drum Housing
Fort Drum, NY - Another military base has passed a breed-specific law to help keep on-base housing safe for children. Dog breeds "deemed aggressive or potentially aggressive" can no longer be kept on Fort Drum. The list of prohibited breeds includes: pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers, chows and wolf-hybrids. Existing owners will be allowed to keep their dogs as long as the animal does not demonstrate aggression or have a history of aggression.
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Banned Dog Breed PolicyFort Riley, KA - On September 30, 2008, Fort Riley Army base issued a memorandum for distribution. The subject of the memorandum was titled: Banned Dog Breed Policy. Effective October 1, 2008, Fort Riley banned new and unregistered pit bulls, American Staffordshire terriers and crosses of these breeds from the entire base.
Effective October 1, 2008, pit bulls, American Staffordshire terriers, and crosses of these breeds will no longer be allowed o… [Read full blog post]
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 o… [Read full blog post]