The Marines have banned certain breeds of dogs from base housing (see previous alerts here: http://stopbsl.com/?s=marines). However, some bases are providing waivers for banned dogs already on base.
This base in S.C. will provide waivers to residents whose dogs pass the SAFER behavior test administered by the ASPCA. The residents will be allowed to keep their pets on the base until 2012.
Marines Enlist Help of ASPCA Animal Behavior Experts
Team of Experts to Assess Behavior of Dogs in Danger of Breed Ban
NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Several Animal Behavior Experts from the ASPCA(R)( )(The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) will be in Parris Island, S.C. from October 6-8 to conduct behavior assessments of over 100 dogs living with their pet parents who could potentially be subject to a breed ban in the Tri-Command housing units of the Marines Corp Recruit Depot.
[…] “We’re very excited about the ASPCA coming to Parris Island,” said Army Capt. Jenifer Gustafson, the Officer in Charge of the veterinary clinic on Parris Island. “There was a chance that some pet parents would be forced to give up their dogs or leave housing on the base, so this is a great alternative solution.”
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