Comments on U.S. Army Revises Pet Policy

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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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karen   little rock, AR

2/27/2009 8:11:14 PM

I feel this should be based on the dog itself..right? Our pets are family and it's like saying someone in the family is bad so the whole family is banned from the world.. That just upsets me!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

2/27/2009 7:19:12 PM

So, they're allowed mice and chihuahuas? Yorkies are at the top of the aggression list. I think they would be too scary for the military.

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Alina   Vero Beach, FL

2/27/2009 5:54:39 PM

I can understand this policy. But it is not fair. Any dog breed can possess agressive behaivor. Everyone thinks pitbulls,dobermans, rottweilers,etc. are demons. But they are not. My step uncle has a very sweet and gentle pitbull. I have met agressiver Shih Tzus, Yorkies, and Dachsands. If The Department of Army is not allowing those dog breeds they should not allow any!

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Nicole the animal lover   somewhere in, AZ

2/27/2009 5:50:54 PM

THAT IS ONE OF THE DUMBEST THINGS I HAVE HEARD!! If anything, they should start making people get pit bulls. The poor dogs crowd the shelters because someone made up a lie that they were mean dogs!! Pit Bulls are some of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. It is the idiots like Vick who should be illegal!! They start the whole thing and give everyone the wrong idea. I cannot beleive they made that rule and I am throughly disgusted!

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Efren   Allen Park, MI

2/27/2009 5:43:03 PM

I'm blown away but how dumb people can be! Why do they believe that Pitbulls are monster that only live to kill? anyone with half a brain knows that its the owners that make dogs attack and from the last poll I've seen on dog attacks which includes simple stuff like getting bit! Pitbulls were not even in the top 5 dog breeds. Why is the Army also trying to lump other dogs under the Pitbull name? if your not a Pitbull, your not a Pitbull!!!! This is just pure racism on there part! I guess we should have separate drinking fountains for Pitbulls and all other dogs. I thought it was illegal to promote racisim in the government? WOW what a time we live in when your own military says you can't be with them because of what you are!!!!

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lk   n haven, CT

2/27/2009 5:37:26 PM

don't blame the breed

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Kelly   Denver, CO

2/27/2009 4:49:20 PM

Pit Bulls have a stigma attached to them that just isn't fair. Just look at shelters. Ones by us house so many pits. It is so sad. We have many restrictions here and it just breaks my heart knowing that they aren't given a fair chance to find a good home leading to many of them having to be put down. Blame the owners not the breed!

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"Pine"   Somewhere, TX

2/27/2009 3:41:22 PM

this is an awful policy! I have seen many pit bulls at the shelter, dogs parks, omn walks (etc) and the have always been perfectly gentle. It's all the people who breed and train dogs for attacking people other dogs, the dogs aren't doing anything!

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Emily   West Gardiner, ME

2/27/2009 11:38:51 AM

I think that policy is totally wrong! It's not the breeds fault! And not every dog in a breed are exactly that same! It's not the dogs fault that they are aggresseive, its the owners fault for not properly correcting it.

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madie   greensboro, NC

2/27/2009 11:09:07 AM

blame the deed not the breed

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Moonlight   Henrico, VA

2/27/2009 10:48:15 AM

That's not fair. Not all 'aggressive' dogs are 'aggressive'. The amount of love and dedication determines how the dog will act past puppyhood. I've worked at an animal shelter with these dogs and NONE of them have been aggressive. Not one Pit, not one Rottie, not one Sheppard, not one Mastiff. It’s a STUPID POLICY!!

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stacy   bel air, MD

2/27/2009 9:46:20 AM

I think it is bad policy, having worked in a vets office i know that any dog can be vicious it is all on how they are raised. I don't think anybody should be able to tell you what type of pet you can have as long as it does not bother others

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Michele   Freeport, IL

2/27/2009 9:21:13 AM

I have to say I disagree with this policy.I own both a pit bull Labrador mix and two ferrets and they are wonderful pets who do not disturb my neighbors.My ferrets are current on all their shots and my dog completed basic obedience training at Petsmart.It's all about being a responsible pet owner.

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Michele   Manhattan, KS

2/27/2009 8:15:57 AM

I definitely don't agree with this new policy. Just one more reason not to live on post, if you are in the military. I totally think that any dog can be made to be vicious no matter what breed. I do know that some breeds have a tendency when handled wrong or roughly to become vicious whereas other breeds may tend to become timid, but it isn't the breed that is the problem. Things like this are going to cause the extinction of certain breeds. I personally wouldn't own one of the breeds mentioned, but I have seen some places that list German Shepards as a vicious breed and I have always had one of those. I grew up with one and as far as my experiences have been, they are some of the sweetest, most loving dogs you can get.

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Logan   Bakersfield, CA

2/27/2009 6:24:36 AM

i think thats a terrible policy.its not the breeds what are might be dangerous,its the human what owns the dog.i can make the smalles dog to a agressive biter,that has nothing to do with the breed.they serve or country,have to go to dangerous places and now they wanna take their pets away,what a shame.i have a german shephard and a doberman and nothing would make me to give them away.i really think,that policy is awful.makes me speechless.

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Logan   Bakersfield, CA

2/27/2009 6:23:10 AM

i think thats a terrible policy.its not the breeds what are might be dangerous,its the human what owns the dog.i can make the smalles dog to a agressive biter,that has nothing to do with the breed.they serve or country,have to go to dangerous places and now they wanna take their pets away,what a shame.i have a german shephard and a doberman and nothing would make me to give them away.i really think,that policy is awful.makes me speechless

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