Top Cop: Pet owners need to adhere to ownership policies

| December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Col. La’Tonya D. Lynn

Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

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Welcome to Top Cop. The goal of this monthly column is to provide crime data to our military communities throughout U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and to increase awareness, which will aid in crime prevention.

The Directorate of Emergency Services, USAG-HI, uses crime statistics to determine patrol distribution and to maintain safety and security within our communities.

Over the past month, there have been questions in reference to having pets on USAG-HI installations. USAG-HI Policy Installation-1, Section 4, Subsection F, and USAG-HI Policy #36 address having pets on Army installations in Hawaii.

According to the policies, owning pets that demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior is strictly prohibited. If the pet is seen to demonstrate this behavior, the individual and/or pet can be removed from on post housing.

Seven breeds are deemed aggressive or potentially aggressive, excluding certified military working dogs boarded by the handler or trainer.

These breeds include American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire bull terriers, English Staffordshire bull terriers, rottweilers, doberman pinschers, chows and wolf hybrids, or a mix of any of these breeds.

Dominant or aggressive behavior is described as unprovoked barking, growling or snarling at people approaching the animal, aggressively running along fence lines when people are present, biting or scratching people, and escaping confinement or restriction to chase people.

According to USAG-HI Policy #35, cats and dogs must be microchipped, and all pets 16 weeks or older must be registered with the Army Veterinary Treatment Facility. Dogs must also be registered with the city and county of Honolulu.

Island Palm Community’s rules and policies regarding pets in housing communities can be found in Section 4 of the Residents Guide and Community Standards Handbook.

The Schofield Barracks Animal Control section is responsible for the pickup, temporary guardianship and the processing of unattended domestic, stray or wild dogs and cats on USAG-HI installations. Animal control investigates reports of animal neglect or abuse and issues citations for pet policy violations and Hawaii state animal laws.

If a pet isn’t microchipped and there is no means of identifying the owner, animal control will pickup and transport the animal to the Hawaii Humane Society. Only animal control officers are authorized to set traps.

If animal control isn’t available, military police or Department of the Army civilian police, or DACP, can issue citations for pet policy violations and Hawaii state animal laws. They can also, in a limited capacity, pick up found or stray animals.

MPs or DACPs will always be available to assist in any situation that is considered an emergency.

Pet Policies

For specific regulations on pets, read USAG-HI Policy Installation-1, Section 4, Subsection F, and USAG-HI Policy #35 and #36 at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil, click on “Command Policies.”

Crime Statistics

From Nov. 1- Nov. 30, the Schofield Barracks Provost Marshal Office, or PMO, reported a total of 132 cases for both areas of operation, or AORs. Outlined below is a listing of these cases.

Assaults
Those involving alcohol: 2
Service members apprehended: 13
Family members apprehended: 6

Larcenies
Unsecure/unattended: 22
In housing area: 22
In public area: 7
Traffic accidents: 15
Involving injuries: 2
Damage to property: 10

Driving under the influence
Service members apprehended: 6

Traffic citations
Cell phone violations: 2
Speeding violations: 63
Failure to stop as posted: 13
No insurance: 7
Expired safety inspection: 60
Parking violations: 5
Improper turns: 2
No vehicle registration: 4
Failure to register: 2
Driving without a license: 4
Expired registration: 39
Defective equipment: 6
Failure to wear protective equipment: 2
Failure to display registration: 1
No seatbelt: 2
Revoked driver’s license: 1
Suspended driver’s license: 4
Limited backing: 1
Failure to control pet: 4
Failure to use turn signal: 1
Drivers view obstructed: 1
Permitting unlicensed driver to drive: 1
Open container: 2
Excessive noise: 5
Possession of 1 gram of marijuana: 1
No safety inspection paper: 1
Fail to yield right of way: 1
Obstructing sidewalk: 1
Disregarding red light: 1
Trespassing: 1

Report any suspicious behavior or witnessed criminal acts to law enforcement personnel at Schofield Barracks at 655-7114 or at Fort Shafter at 438-7114.

 

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