Dogs owned by Marines at Parris Island are going through extensive training this week to determine if they can stay on base or not. More than 100 pit bulls, Rottweilers and canine-wolf mixes owned by Marines at Parris Island, the Beaufort air station, and the Beaufort Naval Hospital will go through testing this week.
The 54-hour training endurance test is called The Crucible and each of the dogs will have to graduate. The Associated Press reports experts from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is conducting the tests. As of now, these dogs may no longer stay on the base at Parris Island, but owners could get waivers to pass behavior assessments. If a dog owner receives one of these waivers, that pet can stay on base until 2012.