U.S. Army Revises Pet Policy

Military families on privatized housing not allowed to own "aggressive” dogs.

Posted: February 27, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

The Department of the Army issued a revision to its pet policy for privatized housing that bans residents from owning “aggressive or potentially aggressive” dog breeds.

According to a memo detailing the new pet policy, the restricted breeds are defined as “Pit Bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chow [Chows], and wolf hybrids.” The prohibition also applies to other dogs who show “a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior,” the January 2009 memo states.

For example, dogs who exhibit unprovoked barking, growling, or snarling at people approaching would be prohibited. The policy also describes aggressive behavior as biting or scratching people, running along fence lines when people are present, and escaping confinement or restriction to chase people.

The policy is effective immediately. Tenants who already own a breed named in the new pet policy can keep the dog as long as the animal doesn’t demonstrate behavior problems.

Additionally, the pet policy prohibits exotic animals, including reptiles, ferrets, and rats. According to the memo, the new policy takes into consideration the safety, welfare, and quiet enjoyment of all residents in privatized housing.


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Robin   Rockville, MD

12/3/2009 8:35:49 AM

This is horrible. If a dog is aggressive it should be dealt with as an individual. It is wrong to punish everyone for what one mistreated dog does. They should real this law as soon as possible. We don't punish an entire race for what one person does, so why should this be any different?

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Jason   San Juan, PR

3/16/2009 7:42:26 PM

I don't agree with that either. I have a pitbull, she's not aggressive, she's so cute, she sleep with me in my own bed. Pitbulls are not aggressive by nature, we make them aggressive. I enlisted and I'll ship to basic on June, so I wanna bring my pitbull to the base. Is my pet, my friend!!

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Jessica   West Richland, WA

2/27/2009 9:45:36 PM

I don't agree with that. I grew up around Dobermans and Rotts, and my best friend has a handsome and very sweet pit. Should we be punished and not be allowed to keep our best friends just because OTHER PEOPLE don't properly socialize and fulfill their dogs needs?

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Robert Weller   Denver, CO

2/27/2009 8:37:53 PM

check with the cdc and vets. this is not scientific. there is no evidence that pit bulls, which do not exist as a breed, are more dangerous than other dogs. further there are no accurate breed numbers period. these honorable dogs were heroes in both the civil war and both world wars. one was made an honorary sergeant after it was injured but learned to detect mustard gas long before it was near troops.. civilized places simply ban dangerous dogs. that should be enough. these are not flesh-eating chimpanzees, which, no kidding, i heard my town of denver wants to ban.

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