The American Pit Bull Terrier used to be the U.S. military's mascot. Sergeant Stubby, known as the most decorated war dog, was also a pit bull.
But despite their service, in early 2009, just before the Bush Administration left office, the Pentagon passed a new pet policy for military housing that banned pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans, chows, and wolf hybrids. Several military families were forced to give up their dogs.
Breed specific legislation doesn't work. There's no good way to reliably identify breeds and dog bites are the result of irresponsible ownership, not any particular breed.
Ask your representative and President Obama to repeal the military housing pet policy. Let these loyal dogs return to our bases, and keep military families together.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Kennel Club, the Humane Society of the United States, and several other experts oppose breed specific legislation as an ineffective way to reduce dog bites. In addition to being unable to reliably identify dog breeds, dog bites are the result of irresponsible owners, not any particular breed.
Sergeant Stubby, a decorated war hero, was a pit bull. The American Pit Bull Terrier was once the mascot of our military. Please restore these loyal dogs by repealing the breed ban.
The majority of American households have pets and treat those pets like family. I urge you to allow pit bulls and other restricted breeds back on military bases, so military families can stay together.