End Military Breed Bans!

July 31, 2012  

An Army family is forced to leave their Rottweiler behind and calls for an end to breed bans on base

By Tammy Bosse

We have a 7-year-old female Rottweiler that we had to leave with our 19-year-old son on the mainland since moving here (U.S. Army Garrison in Hawaii) in July of 2011. She’s a banned breed in housing here, and with rentals allowing a dog her size being so hard to find on the island, we didn’t want to risk bringing her over and then not being able to find a house. So, we ended up having to find an apartment for our son who is a college student back in Kansas that would allow a Rottweiler. After much searching and stress, we did find him an apartment, which rents for almost double than an apartment he could have lived in would cost if we didn’t have to leave Roxi with him.

We’ve had Roxi since she was a little puppy, and simply getting rid of her was not an option for us. She is our 17-year-old daughter’s dog, and our daughter still cries nine months later when she sees Roxi on Skype.

I think the breed bans are ridiculous! Our Rottweiler would sooner kiss one to death than ever be aggressive or a threat to someone. We have friends that permanently changed stations in the mainland, and they had a dog that had a certain breed in it, so they had to take it in for a temperament test. Why not do that with these so called aggressive breeds? Just because of a few bad apples, all are punished?

After moving here to Hawaii, I was bit by my friend’s miniature Schnauzer and have scars on my leg from it. Should we ban all little dogs too? No, of course not – it’s the individual dog not the breed!

I’ve been an Army wife for 20 years now, and moving is still a very stressful thing. Having to leave family pets behind just adds to the stress. Luckily, we had our son to take care of her, but not all military families have someone to take their pets. We see such a large amount of military families abandon or re-home their pets as is. Let’s do away with these ridiculous bans and make it easier on families. We already sacrifice so much in this life we chose, but our beloved pets shouldn’t be another sacrifice.

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8 Responses to “End Military Breed Bans!”
  1. It’s sad that our military members and their families can’t even have their beloved dogs with them when they’re moved to another base. You’d think the government would be more understanding and accommodating for the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country.

  2. ihaveazoo says:

    Until the military does end their breed ban please tell everyone about Dogs on Deployment.  They have a FaceBook page and the website is http://www.dogsondeployment.org.                                                                                                  Dogs on Deployment is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central database for military members to find families and individuals who are willing to board their pets while they are deployed. No pet should ever be surrendered due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.Whether you are the military member who needs help or have room in your heart to foster to alleviate the stress on a service member check them out and tell everyone about them.

  3. larshine says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family, and all the other military families torn from their beloved pets. BSL hurts all the wrong people. I hope you are reunited with Roxi soon. 

  4. NuriaRodriguez says:

    I applaud this family for not taking the easy way out and just abandoning their dog and family member.  It’s not enough these military families sacrifice their lives so that their loved ones could allow us the freedoms we have, but to impose breed bans on their pets is obscene.

  5. donnaamarie says:

    We just went through the exact same thng!! We had owned for 12 years and found ourselves relocating to Texas. Our Roxy – 3 year old Rottie, was also considered a dangerous breed here.  Our rental options were limited to say the least.  Through extreme perserverance we did find a beautiful home and with a mere $500 pet deposit – thank god refundable – we were able to find a home for our girl. We were asked if we were willing to get rid of her.  I said that I would get rid of her as fast as I would one of my children, which was NEVER! I agree that the breed ban is ridiculous.  It’s not the pet but the owner that makes them dangerous. How about screening the owners instead of pre-judging the pets??

    • StubbyDog says:

      donnaamarie We agree, it’s so sad what our military families have to go through to have their beloved ‘family’ members live with them. They sacrifice so much to begin with.