In a fairly new uniform pet policy which some military bases have established, pets such as pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf hybrids and their mixes are banned from base housing and have also prohibited visitors from bringing the same breeds onto base. The U.S. Marine Corps recently adopted the same policy for all U.S. and overseas Marine Corps installations. This new uniform pet policy is based on commanding officer Col. Richard P. Flatau Jr.’s opinion:
“These specific breeds present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of our residents and are therefore prohibited.”
The Uniform Pet Policy (MCO P11000.22 Ch 6) was signed by Maj. Gen. Edward Usher III, who is deputy commandant of installations and logistics. The policy covers all government-owned family housing and Public Private Venture (PPV) privatized housing areas located or accessed by the Marine Corps installation.
Pet ownership is generally supported on base, siting that ownership “contributes to the Quality of Life for resident families.” Unfortunately due to the increase in ownership of large, aggressive dog breeds, there has also been an increase in tragic dog bite accidents involving these breeds of dogs. These increases in dog attacks brought forth the necessity of a uniform policy to provide for the health, public safety and general welfare of all residents of military housing.
Among the prohibited dog breeds are Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf hybrids, or any other breed of dog which are known to have dominant traits of aggression. So, if the U.S. Military sees these breeds as a potential danger, shouldn’t you? If you are unfortunate enough to have a neighbor with one of the attacks as a pet, use extreme caution when in the presence of the animal. NEVER be alone with the potentially vicious dog, or let your children be around them If the Marines don’t trust them, why should you?
formal breed identification (e.g., certification by a civilian organization such as the American Kennel Club) a Corps Officer (VCO) or a civilian veterinarian.
- REQUESTS FOR WAIVER AND GRANDFATHER CLAUSE
- Grandfather Waiver Requests. Residents of government-owned or PPV-owned family housing currently in possession of properly registered dogs meeting the prohibited breed or mixed breeds noted in paragraph 5003 above, may keep their pet dog in family housing through 30 September 2012 provided the following “grandfather” provisions are met:
a.) Pet owner residents must submit for waiver to this policy within 60 calendar days from the date of the signature of Change 6 to this Order, and receive approval of waiver from the local installation commander.
b.) Dogs to be waived under this policy must pass a nationally recognized temperament test, administered and interpreted by individual(s) who have been certified in the technique and evaluation of the test results, at the service member resident’s expense. Such tests include Canine Good Citizen (AKC) and the Delta Test (Delta Society). Questionable animals may be referred to a boar certified veterinary behaviorist. At no time will waiver authority for purposes of “grandfathering” be delegated below the 0-6 level.
The bold, underlined emphasis was done by the Marine Corps.
Anonymous | 9/13/2009 10:20 AM | Flag
But…but…What about Sgt Stubby?!
Glad to see the USMC saw right through the spewage of Bledy Van Karnage and crew.
cravendesires | 9/14/2009 9:07 AM | Flag
what about sgt stubby?
Trigger | 9/14/2009 10:14 AM | Flag
Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test (STUDY)
“Our results indicated that there are certain types of aggressive tendencies (territorial, predatory, and intra-specific aggression) that are not reliably exhibited during temperament testing using this particular evaluation process.
These findings suggest that this temperament test fails to identify certain types of aggression. Efforts to protect public heath through temperament testing should take this into account by combining temperament testing results with shelter and/or foster behavioral evaluations…”
Christensen, E. et al. Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 106 (2007) 85-95.
bitbypit | 9/14/2009 10:38 AM | Flag
For clarification purposes, we know of no breed ban that has required “grandfathered” dogs to pass a temperament test. Grandfathered dogs are typically only required to be registered, sterilized and muzzled when off-property. The fact that the U.S. Marines Corps is requiring “grandfathered” dogs to be temperament tested shows just how serious they are regarding the dogs that fall under this clause.
Furthermore, these dogs will only be allowed for a three-year period. This is yet another distinction of the U.S. Marines Corps pet policy. In addition to requiring the temperament test, the entity has placed a time limit on the grandfathered dogs. After three years, there will be “zero” pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf hybrids or their mixes allowed in privatized housing or on base installations.
Anonymous | 9/15/2009 5:56 AM | Flag
As the landlord, the Federal Government wants no part of indemnifying these dogs.
Anonymous | 9/15/2009 12:02 PM | Flag
This ban will SAVE LIVES and prevent suffering and disfiguration.
No family serving our country should have to endure the dangers and horrors of fighting dogs, also known as pit bulls.
Pit bulls are NOT family dogs. They belong nowhere near children, adults, or other pets.
In fact, they don’t belong in our society.
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