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Apartments banning dog breeds causes problems for pet owners

Students may have problems finding an apartment or house if they are an owner of a banned dog breed.

According to home rental statistics, the most common restricted dog breeds are Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies.

Last year, majority of these dogs ranked in the 20 most popular breeds owned in America, according to the American Kennel Club.

One of the apartment communities in Lubbock that have dog breed restrictions is The Village at Overton Park, a student housing complex.

Sam Oduche, an employee at The Village, said much of the reasoning is due to city rules.

“The Lubbock Ordinance has a rule that there can be no aggressive dog breeds in apartments,” Oduche said. “Specifically breeds like German Shepherds and Pit Bulls.”

A lot of people do get upset with this rule, as the breeds banned are commonly owned, he said.

These breeds are allowed if they are service animals, due to the Fair Housing Act and American Disability Act, he said.

“We just started allowing pets in general about two years ago,” Oduche said. “When we did start allowing animals, that was the rule the city said to follow.”

Kaitlyn Olin, a volunteer at the Haven Animal Shelter in Lubbock, said she has spent a large amount of time with a variety of dog breeds and does not believe the rule is necessary.

“Of all my time around dogs, I don’t think I’ve been attacked by a pit bull once,” Olin said.

Stereotyping dog breeds is wrong, and a dog’s behavior is correlated to how the owner has trained the dog, she said.

“It all comes down to the owner and if they’ve socialized the dog or trained it,” Olin said. “I’ve run into aggressive dogs of every breed, and super sweet, well-trained dogs of every breed too. It always comes down to how the owner raises the dog.”

Apartment complexes should take the time to personally meet or “interview” a dog before prohibiting it, she said.

She said she has experienced the restrictions, as many apartments and landlords believe one of her dogs is part pit bull.

Olin said her dog is a well-behaved service dog in training.

“I’ll be walking my dog who always nearly gets banned, and then the little dog across the street, that I’m sure had no problems getting approved to live there, is always lunging and barking at my dog while my ‘aggressive pit bull’ walks obediently besides me,” Olin said.

As a volunteer at an animal shelter, Olin said this ban of breeds sadly effects the shelter’s high vacancy.

“When people can’t find somewhere to live that allows their pit bull, they’ll often just dump them on the street,” she said.

Alyse Grassi, a junior student from Spring, is an owner of a Siberian husky.

She said she lives in Park East Student Living.

“They tried to tell me no to my husky,” Grassi said.

The Tech student now is able to keep her dog in the apartment, but it took convincing, she said.

To learn more about Lubbock rules regarding dogs, visit https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/animal-services/faqs.

Source: http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/apartments-banning-dog-breeds-causes-problems-for-pet-owners/article_f13b7a58-bcf4-11e8-a821-3f22601dfe66.html

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