Just two weeks before President George W. Bush left office, the U.S. Army issued a memo detailing pet policy changes for privatized housing on military installations; the memo banned American Pit Bull Terriers, American or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, and wolf hybrids as well other pets and exotics including reptiles, rats, hedgehogs, ferrets, and “farm animals”. The policy, which went into effect immediately, grandfathered in existing pets and contained a clause allowing for certain exceptions but listed no criteria for the exceptions. The grandfather clause was pretty much meaningless to military families as the nature of service in the armed forces may require frequent PCSing and deployments. The Obama administration promised to look into the military’s breed ban but has not yet rendered an opinion on whether it would be allowed to stand. Dear brave men and women in uniform, Army civilians and contractors with the types of pets listed above: keep this in mind when you cast your vote in November. After almost four years in office, President Obama flies his own dog around on a private tax-payer funded jet while he and the First Lady enjoy lavish vacations all over the world, but he and his staffers can’t be bothered rendering an opinion on the ban on your family’s loyal pet while you undoubtedly are in or have been in harm’s way serving your country. We at City Pitties support our troops; many of our volunteers are veterans. Our dogs don’t vote, but we do.
Sgt. Stubby, WWI Hero
Did you know that the slogan of the Spec Ops Green Berets is “De Oppresso Libre“ which means “Free the Oppressed” and that their mascot is the American Pit Bull Terrier?