El Paso (KDBC) — The unpredictable life of a solider can make it difficult to have a pet. Not being aware of breed restrictions can make it even more difficult.
Fort Bliss, and other military posts across the US, has a list of prohibited breeds.
The list includes American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Akitas, Chows, Dobermans, and Rottweilers.
Soldiers who have a dog on this list have to part ways with their pet when moving on post.
“I think they have a short term memory. Well I have this pet now…and they may not realize that sooner or later they may have to leave, go to another duty station, go overseas,” said Jean Offutt, Fort Bliss public affairs officer.
Though the restriction was implemented several years ago, the Humane Society of El Paso said the number of animals surrendered as a result of this are still high.
“We have seen that happen a lot. In particular we see it happen with the single soldiers because they have to move back into the barracks and they don't have family or anyone else in the city obviously who can take the animal, so they find themselves having to owner surrender the pet,” said Kandolite Flores with the Humane Society of El Paso.
Francisco Hernandez is a solider that has been looking for a dog at the Humane Society. He said his apartment has breed restrictions, similar to ones that Ft. Bliss has. He said he was to get a dog not allowed on post, surrendering it wouldn’t come easy.
“If my dog was my companion I wouldn't consider moving on base. ..it would be a sacrifice I would have to make or consider other options,” Hernandez said.
The Humane Society and Fort Bliss remind everyone there are options.
Dogs On Deployment and Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet are both deployment boarding organization.