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83 S.C. dogs exempted from Marine breed ban

Of 85 dogs in South Carolina that belong to the three breeds banned from Marine housing, only two proved to be potentially dangerous when tested by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

As a result, the other 83 were granted exemptions from the Marine’s worldwide breed ban and will be allowed to continue to reside at Marine bases until 2012.

The Marines this year banned pit bulls, Rottweilers and canine-wolf mixes because their “dominant traits of aggression present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of personnel.”  But owners who can show through assessments that their dogs aren’t dangerous may get waivers and keep them on bases through 2012.

Of the 85 dogs assessed by the ASPCA, two will have to leave base housing, according to the Orangeburg Times and Democrat. Two others showed aggressive tendencies but one will work with a trainer and another will be neutered.

The breed ban came after a 3-year-old boy was fatally attacked by a pit bull at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The pets at the Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the Beaufort Naval Hospital were assessed by experts from the ASPCA during three days of tests this week.

The tests seemed to confirm what most of us already know — breed-specific rules and legislation are sheer folly.

“We believe breed bans cannot be effective because of this. We found some really great animals and families,” ASPCA animal behavior expert Emily Weiss said. “We don’t think it’s a breed issue. We think it’s an individual behavior issue and what we saw at the base verifies that.”

Capt. Brian Block, a Marine Corps spokesman, noting what happened at Camp Lejeune, said “having one dog who would do that is not an acceptable risk from our point of view.”

Pet owners at other Marine bases can have their dogs assessed by veterinarians.


Comment from CeliaSue Hecht
Time October 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

on Martha Stewart’s daily wag, she wrote about pit bulls…about how they were once known as the American dogs and nanny dogs they are…


this is such a welcome post esp. since the marines, in their infinite devil dog mentality blame so-called aggressive dog breeds from marine bases… sure, as if dogs are the marines biggest problem… why don’t the marines ban violent, sociopathic, psychopathic behavior in their marines? it’s fine with them that marine husbands abuse their wives and it’s also fine for them to send young men and women off to war without proper attire/vests to die but dogs, hey, better ban em…


Comment from CeliaSue Hecht
Time October 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

glad that most of the dogs in SC are exempt !!!

Comment from Seattle
Time October 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm

The US military is a disgrace to this country. Not allowing gays to serve openly and now this. They will never win anything if this is there strategy.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Gandhi

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* 2.14 Israel
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* 2.25 Spain
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* 2.28 United Kingdom
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