Disobedient owners can lose pet privileges

| August 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

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

It is the responsibility of all pet owners to ensure that pets are in compliance with all policies on U.S. Army Garrison–Hawaii installations.

Policy number “Installation 1” requires that cats and dogs be either on a leash or in a fenced area at all times.

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The policy also requires owners to register their animals with on post housing and with the post veterinary clinic within 14 days of arriving on the installation.

Additionally, all cats and dogs must have a microchip implanted in accordance with policy memorandum USAG-HI-35.

Failure to comply with the policies will not only result in a citation, but may result in the animal being impounded, removed from the residence or your loss of the privilege to have pets in Island Palm Communities housing.

Aside from the punitive and administrative actions that may be taken when policies are not followed, violations often cause injury to other animals, Soldiers and their family members.

Installation 1 and USAG-HI-36 policies specifically prohibit known “aggressive breeds,” including Pit bull terriers, Staffordshire terriers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Wolf hybrids or dogs with any of these breeding combinations on the installation in order to lower the risk of incidents.

There have been 11 incidents since January 2014, all of which have involved both dog bites and loose dogs on the installation.

• Incidents
The following are excerpts of actual MP blotter entries from USAG-HI.

Failure to Control Pet, Failure to Register Pet, Failure to Microchip Pet
•May 12th, the Schofield Barracks Police Station was notified of a dog on dog attack that had occurred. An owner was walking a black Labrador mixed dog on a leash when the dog got loose and attacked a nearby Chihuahua, which was off leash. The Chihuahua sustained a puncture wound on the front left leg.

The owner of the Labrador was cited one DD Form 1408 for failure to control pet (loose dog) and one DD Form 1408 for failure to control pet (dog bite).

The owner of the Chihuahua was cited one DD Form 1408 for failure to control pet (loose dog).

•May 30th, the Schofield Barracks Police Station was notified of a dog bite incident. When MP patrols arrived on scene, investigation revealed that two Labrador mixed dogs were on a lead tied to the fence line at their owner’s residence when the two dogs were attacked by another Labrador mixed dog. One dog sustained a puncture wound to the right backside ear lobe.

The owner intervened and sustained three laceration wounds to the outer right ankle. The loose dog’s owner was identified.

The owner of the loose dog was cited one DD Form 1408 for failure to control pet (loose dog), one DD Form 1408 for failure to control pet (dog bite), one DD Form 1408 for failure to register pet with IPC housing, one DD Form 1408 for failure to register pet with on post veterinarian clinic and one DD Form 1408 for not having a microchip.

• Take Action
While your pet may be well behaved, there are many circumstances that could lead to you or your pet being involved in a bite, attack or loose pet incident.

Pet owners must ensure they take the proper steps to prevent future incidents and injuries to their pets and their families.

Take the time to register and microchip your pet, and keep them on a leash or in a fenced area at all times.

• Pet Policies
Review Installation 1, USAG-HI-35, USAG-HI-36 and IPC pet policies for the complete list of requirements regarding your pets. Abiding with these policies will help reduce the risk of injury from dog bites and attacks. Visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm?tab=1.

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  1. John says:

    Sounds to me like there a number of lab mixes with Pit Bull in them. Nothing is going to happen, though. I’ve seen obvious pit mixes on Schofield, AMR and Shafter. There is little discipline and good order in the Army anymore.

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