By Crystal Lewis Brown, Fort Jackson LeaderJanuary 29, 2009
Those considering a move on-post may realize that while the family is welcome, some of their furry friends are not.
The Department of the Army's revised pet policy for privatized housing, released earlier this month, prohibits several categories of "aggressive or potentially aggressive" dog breeds.
Those breeds include pit bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, chows and wolf hybrids. Other dogs that "demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior" may also be prohibited.
Those already living in what is now Balfour Beatty Community privatized housing on Fort Jackson were already notified of the company's similar policy, which was instituted in August. The Army policy, said Karen Padgett, community manager, simply provides a more consistent approach throughout Army housing.
"When somebody's moving from one installation to the next, the rules may be different," she said. "This way, with the Army doing a blanket policy, Soldiers have some continuity."
In addition to those dogs prohibited by Army policy, Balfour Beatty also restricts the Akita. The company's breed determinations are based on insurance restrictions, Padgett said. The policy also refers to dogs mixed with the prohibited breeds.
Despite the policy, Padgett said there is a chance some of the prohibited breeds still reside on post.
"When we took over on Aug. 1, anyone who was already a resident and had a dog under the restricted breeds were allowed to keep it under the grandfather clause," Padgett said.
Anyone who falls under the clause is identified by a sticker to let Balfour Beatty and other residents know they are allowed to keep the pet.
According to the policy letter, exotic animals such as reptiles, rodents (excluding hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets and farm animals are also prohibited.
For more information about pet or other restrictions, contact Balfour Beatty at 738-8275.