BEAUFORT - Most of the pit bulls, Rottweilers and canine-wolf mixes assessed at Marine facilities in the state this week get to keep their Marine dog tags.
Of 85 dogs from the three breeds checked by experts from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, only two were found to be so aggressive as to pose a danger to Marines and their families.
Those two will have to leave base housing. Two others showed aggressive tendencies but one will work with a trainer and another will be neutered.
The Marines have banned the aggressive breeds, because their "dominant traits of aggression present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of personnel."
Owners who can show through assessments that their pets present no danger to humans or other pets may get waivers and keep them on bases through 2012.
The pets at the Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the Beaufort Naval Hospital were assessed by experts from the ASPCA during three days of tests this week.