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Kadena reviewing pit bulls housing policy

Date Posted: 2009-10-08

Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines on Okinawa are exempt from new Marine Corps rules on pit bulls and other aggressive dog breeds in on-base housing, but that could change.

On-base family housing on Okinawa is controlled by the Air Force’s 18th Air Wing, and the Air Force is not subject to the new Marine Corps rules. Air Force policies on what animal breeds are allowed in on-base housing is left up to individual base commanders. For all Okinawa on-base housing, which is administered for all branches, there are currently no restrictions.

That could change, though, says a Kadena spokesman. Ed Gulick says the base is now reviewing its animal policies, but until any changes are announced, pit bulls are included in the permissible dogs category.

The Marine Corps this week announced changes that bar pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other dog breeds that exhibit ‘dominant traits of aggression’ from on-base quarters. Waiver requests are being accepted at Marine Bases until Saturday, after which dogs must undergo a personality and behavior test.

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