A number of Marine and Army bases have banned pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other dogs they deemed dangerous.
By implementing this ban some dog owners are going to be forced to give up their dog or leave base housing. Now, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island has agreed to try something new, they’re allowing animal behavior experts from the ASPCA to give temperament tests. The ban started in 2008 after several dog attacks happened on the base, one killing a 3-year-old boy.
Over 100 dogs will be tested and those who pass will get a waiver to stay on base until 2012. Here are the details from the ASPCA press release.
The assessment is a seven-item research-based assessment to help identify the likelihood for aggression in individual dogs.
Our main goal in this program is to make sure safe dogs and their families are able to stay together, said Dr. Emily Weiss, Senior Director of Shelter Research and Development for the ASPCA.
The ASPCA is very happy about this because they are against banning a particular breed. I totally agree with this, we shouldn’t be punishing responsible dog owners based on the breed they chose.