Pit bulls, other breeds banned in military housing

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Update: Thanks to the commenter who pointed out this great post on the Best Friends Network’s Stop BSL blog, which lists ways to speak out against this policy.

Original post: Breed-specific legislation has now extended its ugly reach to the military.

Good News for Pets writes about a new memo banning “aggressive or potentially aggressive” dogs, including pit bulls, rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, chows and wolf hybrids from military housing as of Feb. 1, 2009.

You can see copies of the memo on the Web sites for Fort Riley, Kansas, and Army Hawaii Family Housing, to name just two examples.

How sad that our government is rewarding our brave servicemen and women by taking their beloved family pets from them. As Good News for Pets points out:

According to the ruling, dogs of any type who currently live on base
can be grandfathered in. However, [Lynette] Lynde [a pit owner whose husband is an Afghanistan vet] points out that families are
frequently being asked to re-locate. When they do, they can no longer
bring their banned dogs with them. Similarly, new enlistees must leave
their dogs at home if they’re indentified as a banned breed.

Making the ban even more upsetting: Not so long ago, pit bulls were considered the embodiment of the American military spirit for their bravery and loyalty.

Previous entries:

Is this breed-specific legislation not such a bad idea?

Happy Tail: Sacrificing to save an abused, overlooked pit bull

Is it natural to fear Pit Bulls? And what can we do about it?

Giving a voice to dogfighting victims: Watch the video

All pit bull blog entries