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Pit Bulls and Military...?

Discussion in 'Controversial Topic Discussion' started by renae_nae, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. renae_nae

    renae_nae Big Dog

    I was wondering what is YOUR take on whether or not military should be able to own/adopt pit bulls?

    I've known tons of people to get denied adopting a dog (any breed for that matter) all because they are military and "will dump the dog when they move." Moving with pit bulls is obviously harder and some duty stations (Germany for instance) will not allow you to bring pit bulls over. So should they not own them at all? Does it matter if they have a back up plan?
     
  2. bostonitis

    bostonitis Good Dog

    Buy no, adopt yes. Usually people buy dogs for show/purpose military families (from my experience) don't really have that much freedom but I guess it depends on your job. I saw my husband maybe 5 hours a week, and he was deployed a year at a time...so no buying IMO. Adopting, sure if for some reason they are sent to an area that bans pits then the rescue should take them back. Maybe that sounds silly but I don't think preventing someone from getting a type of dog because of their status is any better than BSL.
     
  3. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Tough call.. if they have a back up plan, some family members that are capable of taking care of them if they happen to get sent overseas, then yes. But a lot of military have these dogs, then get sent overseas with no back up plan and no one to take care of their dogs till they get back.
     
  4. renae_nae

    renae_nae Big Dog

    My opinion...

    My husband is in the Army and I got two. I made sure my parents would be willing/able to take them (with us still paying for all their care) if/when we were not able to keep them due to orders that prevented us from taking them (Germany).

    Also, one the the BEST dog owners I know (she owns, shows, and breed Weims) is a military wife.

    On the other hand, I would have a very hard time giving/adopting out/selling a dog to a military owner. Since I have had to foster dogs due to families moving and just dropping there dogs off.
     
  5. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

  6. TigerDog

    TigerDog Good Dog

    My bf is in the military and I have a Pit Bull as well as a GSD/Dobe. I don't understand why he could possibly put his life on the line and not be allowed to adopt a certain breed of dog just because he is in the military. :no2:I take care of the dogs and he wouldn't just dump them...he doesn't even like them but he pays for their care because they make me happy. Keeping our dogs in one of the bigger reasons he won't go active duty.
     
  7. bostonitis

    bostonitis Good Dog

    Yea I think non-active can do whatever they want because they pretty much dont have to go anywhere unless it is an unusual occasion (also depends on the type of non-active duty). Because Patrick was active we didnt get dogs again until we knew he was getting out, which although it sucks, it is not IMO the worst sacrifice for the military ;) We just moved too much to hope every place would allow pitbulls, some active duty people have to stay on base (my husband was supposed to live on base because it was an "unaccompanied station" but that didnt stop me from moving there haha).
     
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  8. Miakoda

    Miakoda GRCH Dog

    Well, this same question could be turned around to be asked about anyone who lives in an apartment or where there is an H.O.A.. Or what about people who use some form of government assistance to make ends meet? Should all these people get dogs, specifically one of a breed with so many problems surrounding the ownership of?

    Personally, I think responsibility comes in many ways. I'll tell you right now that my doors are open to fostering a dog for a military member who must leave to go serve in an area where they cannot take their "pit bull", but I'm not as nice to do the same for those who knowingly obtain such a dog when they live in an apartment especially if they just chose to lie about having the dog because it's against the rules in the first place.
     

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