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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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]
Two People and Dogs AttackedAnaheim, CA - There has been another fatal pit bull "stabbing" by a citizen under attack. Yesterday it was reported that a retired Marine was forced to stab a pit bull to death when the animal viciously attacked him and his wife as the couple walked their two dogs. The attack involved only one pit bull but two people and two dogs were injured, and at least six people were fighting the dog off before it was stabbed to death by the husband of the woman under at… [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]
Julian Slack, 3-years old, was mauled to death by a pit bull at Camp Lejeune.
Mauling Victim Identified
UPDATE 05/16/08: Onslow County medical examiner, Dr. John Almeida, has released more information about the fatal pit bull attack that occurred. Julian Slack, 3-years old, bled to death as a result of dog bite injury. The manner of death is listed as accidental on the death certificate. Slack was at home and under the care of a babysitter at the time of the incident.
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