Camp Lejeune Bans "Dangerous Dogs"

By: Dave Jordan / Bill Wilson
By: Dave Jordan / Bill Wilson

Dangerous dogs are being banned in military housing on a Marine Corps base in North Carolina where a 3-year-old boy bled to death last year after he was bitten by a pit bull.

The order from the Camp Lejeune base commander bans full or mixed breeds of pit bull, rottweiler and wolf hybrids. It also bans any dog with a record of vicious behavior.

Base officials decided on the ban after Julian Slack died last May when a family friend stopped by Slack's base home with a pit bull that bit the boy on his face, head, neck and arms.



Story from May 2008:
Camp Lejeune says a three-year-old was killed by a family friend's dog who came on base for a visit yesterday.

The Onslow County Medical Examiners Office says an autopsy this morning shows Julian Slack bled to death, due to the severity of the dog bites.

The autopsy says the child was bitten on the face, neck, head and right arm.

This afternoon base officials say the toddler was being watched by a baby sitter yesterday when the family friend arrived. A short time after the arrival, someone let the Pit Bull inside the home.

Base public affairs officers say the investigation shows a short time later the Pit Bull became startled and excited by something the child was doing and the dog attacked him. The base says the dog was not provoked by the child.

The base says the child's parents pulled up to the home as the attack was happening, and that's when the father rushed his son to the hospital in his own vehicle.

Camp Lejeune does have pet restrictions on base. They are to be on leash or in a fenced in area at all times. The public affairs office says it's not sure what restrictions there are for people visiting the base with their pets.

Wednesday Night's Story

Base officials at Camp Lejeune say a three-year old boy was bitten by a Pit Bull on base and died.

Few details are available as the investigation is continuing. We're told the Pit Bull is currently being held at the Camp Lejeune Kennel.

A base spokesman says the incident happened at Tarawa Terrace. It's unclear what led to the attack.

Onslow County Memorial Hospital spokesman Tim Strickland says the father of the boy drove him to the hospital. Strickland says the boy did not have a pulse when he arrived.

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  • by Chris Jones Location: chocowinity N.C on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    ok yea a pit bull may not be the masscot for the marines however the most decorated K9 in us millatary was a pit named stubby who no only had 3 purple hearts but also reached the rank of master sargent in the us army all dogs are alike its the people who own them that make them good or bad people quit jumping to ban so fast the life the next pit saves may be yours if we are going to ban anyone or any thing can we ban stupid people?
  • by Krystal Location: Camp Lejeune on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:22 PM
    First i say to JoAnne from Lejeune, the Marine corps symbol is NOT a pitbull. It's an English Bulldog. How could you be at a marine base or even in a marine town like this one and NOT know that. Secondly, i dont agree with Melissa on the obedience classes and canine good citizenship cert. my dogs have never been to an obedience class and i've trained them. They have actually done way better without the class. If people who have never had a dog before get one, then obedience classes are a smart idea. But i'm not paying someone when i can train my dogs myself. Secondly, do you know how tough it can be, even with the most well trained dog to pass a CG citizen test? I have german shepherds and i have immense respect for pits. Intelligent and good dogs. bad OWNERSHIP is the issue. That dog never should have been on the base as it was not registered on the base nor was it registered as a visiting dog.
  • by JoAnne Location: camp lejeune on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    This ban is wrong, im sorry but the marine corps symbol and hero is a pittbull!!! ANY dog can snap not just those specific breeds, this ban is ridiculous!!!
  • by Melissa Location: Jacksonville on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    First off, this is a horrible tragedy. A small child should never be left with ANY dog. You never know what could happen. Secondly, I happen to own a purebred pitbull. Obviously, I feel that this ban is wrong. However, I don't think that they should just let any dog on base. I think that they should have to go through an obedience class or have a good citizenship certificate. If you're dog can't pass those then it shouldn't be allowed to go on base or dog parks for that matter. PS.. Take a look at this. http://www.hellobully.com/pb101/pitbull101.html
  • by Laura Location: Alabama on May 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    My first impression of your article was actually a damming reflection of your poor intellect. Dogs don't usually attack for no reason! Whomever was watching the child apparently WASN'T watching
  • by rick Location: Jacksonville, NC on May 25, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    Ok I am not going to saying whether or not that banning these dogs is a good thing or a bad thing. I am just here to provide some stats from a creditable source. I have posted the link below and everyone can take a look. there are quite a few differnt breeds that were responsible for dog related deaths over a ten year period that this report covers. so take a look and make a decision for yourselves. http://www.dogbitelaw.com/dogbreeds.pdf
  • by Anon Location: J-Villee on Apr 21, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    Um Boxers ARE NOT dangerous you fool, refer to this posting Posted by: Anonymous on May 15, 2008 at 12:02 PM oh no devil dog.... if not pit's no boxers.... my friend got attacked by her boxer and she ripped her lip open. she had numerous stiches and has the scars to remember it by...this dog was not abused and is in a very loving family.... Boxers are the biggest babies, they would NEVER harm anyone, why do you think they are top of the list of most popular breeds. Get your facts straight.
  • by Ashley Location: Jacksonville on Apr 20, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    I read over a few of the comments pushing people to look at the facts stating that pits are ranked high for killing people. The issue with these so called stats is they are inaccurate. Even the term pit bull is out dated. People are constantly claiming the wrong breed, and it throws the whole stats off. These stats are very inaccurate because of people's inability to properly recognize a breed.
  • by John L Location: New Bern on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    Hey Disgusted, you just gave the perfect reason why the owners should be chained up if they don't decide to take care of their dog,no matter what breed it is! Don't blame the dog for wondering around...remember, if your kid, under 17 breaks the law, guess what, you the parent are going to jail as well! Get with it people! Train the dog and keep a leash on them for your own good!
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Apr 18, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    Yahoo!!!!! for their decision. Today I saw a sight in my neighborhood that made me cringe. A new family has moved 4 houses from me. My neighborhood is set up in semi-circle fashion off of the highway. I saw their 2-3 yr old sitting at the edge of his lawn playing when a pit bull from down the street that is suppose to be cahined or penned come up to him and the kid was trying to play with him. This dog severly bit a 4 yr old a couple of months ago.This new family has no idea that this dog bit their neighbor's child! Think this kid coould defend himself?? i think all Pits should be done away with.
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