Military families with a penchant for Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and other breeds deemed dangerous by the Pentagon are being ordered to surrender their beloved pooches. Announced in a memo dated January 5, 2009, just prior to the Bush administration’s exodus from office, the policy bans what the memo terms “aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs” from military housing in bases across the country. Targeted breeds include not only Pit Bulls (American and English Staffordshire Bull Terriers) and Rottweilers, but Doberman Pinschers, Chows, and wolf hybrids.
Dogs currently living on base can be grandfathered in to the policy’s proscriptions. Military families asked to relocate and new enlistees are also forbidden from bringing dogs of banned breeds with them to base.
To urge President Obama and Michelle Obama to overturn this policy, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To voice your concern to the Army directly, contact Ms. Joyce VanSlyke at email@example.com.