Marines Ban Aggressive Dog Breeds Worldwide After Fatal NC Pit Bull Attack
Beginning in September of 2012, aggressive dog breeds will not be allowed on base. Until that time, Marines owning pit bulls, Rottweilers, and wolf mixes can keep their dog if it proves to be non-aggressive by passing the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. Other dogs who do not fit the breed profile but show aggressive traits may also be banned from military bases, which often house young children and families.
Last year, toddler boy Julian Slack bled to death on a North Carolina military base after being attacked by the pit bull. The dog was on base during a visit by a family friend, and the boy suffered fatal bite wounds to his face, neck, and head. Onslow County Memorial Hospital reported that the boy did not have a pulse when he arrived at the hospital. The babysitter watching the toddler at the time said that the pit bull came in from the fenced back yard and became excited when he saw the toddler. The toddler did not provoke the dog attack.
Although Camp Lejeune and other military bases already have restrictions about dogs and dangerous dogs, this deadly pit bull attack has led to tighter, worldwide bans on aggressive dog breeds.