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Marine Corps institutes blanket breed ban

Rottweiler-Puppy-PhotosThe U.S. Marine Corps –which had outlawed pit bulls, wolf hybrids, Rottweilers and any other dog with “dominant traits of aggression” at several of its bases — has now instituted a blanket, worldwide breed ban for all of its bases.

Stars and Stripes reports that the policy was approved in August.

The policy allows Marines and families currently living in base housing to keep their pets if they apply for a waiver by Oct. 10 and if their dogs pass a behavior test. That waiver will last only as long as the family remains at the same base or until Sept. 30, 2012.

By that date, under the policy, all Marine housing and Marine-controlled housing should be free of any full or mixed breeds considered pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf hybrids.

Daisy Okas, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club in New York, told Stars and Stripes that the policy comes as more local governments and public housing facilities are instituting similar bans.

 “We’re seeing breed-specific bans pretty regularly,” she said. “We’re very against it. We look at how a dog behaves. It’s a frustrating topic.”


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time October 7, 2009 at 8:21 am

Oh, good! Let’s make life even harder for our military and their families. I’m sure if we all think hard, we can figure out more ways to express our utter indifference to their service and sacrifice.

Comment from NavySpouse
Time December 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

This is aweful. My bully breed is so sweet, though a little hyper. What about the vicious dogs who dont fall under those breeds? They get a free chance just cause they are not a bully. Its aweful. Bully breeds are so mis understood and this doesnt help.