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6 thoughts on “Insurers Reluctant to Insure Dangerous Dog Breeds

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  1. Does anyone know of any public records search a concerned neighbor can do that would reveal what insurance company is insuring a home where a dangerous dog resides?

    For instance, if a neighbor has a dog that is often loose and acting aggressively, threatening your children, etc., and if reports to AC were ignored because the dog hasn’t bitten anyone “yet”….if you knew the name of their insurance carrier, you could report them. If you had a paper trail of reports of the dog off leash, acting in a menacing manner, their agent might threaten to cancel their policy…they might actually have to get rid of their dog.

    I know owners of dogs who are obviously pit bulls, who have attacked other dogs or humans, yet have registered their dogs as “mixed breeds” to stay under the radar of their homeowners insurance carrier. If their were a way to find the owners insurance information, it might force owners of dangerous dogs to get rid of the dog before they attack a neighbor, not after.

  2. If the dog owner is also the home owner, try checking the county records. Often the insurer is listed in the real estate purchase contract. These records are often available on line but you may have to go the county records office. Anyone can look at these. If the insurer isn’t listed, try contacting the mortgage company. If they won’t give that information and you have a really dangerous dog and a couple of hundred dollars to spare, hire a private investigator.

    If the dog owner is a renter, contact the property owner. I have a problem rental in the neighborhood and after the renters’ pit bull killed another neighbor’s cat, I called the property owner. He evicted them. I think that most landlords are sensitive to these issues.

  3. One problem is that if the homeowner doesn’t properly declare owning a high risk breed and there is an incident, the policy becomes void due to fraud.

    I don’t think there is a way of obtaining a neighbor’s insurance policy infomation.

  4. You are right the insurance company can not give that info, but you can give them information. I recently had pit bulls kill my 9-year-old cat. I went to several agencies and finally one of them contacted the landlord of this property and they evicted the dogs and the owners. The house was also trashed and the landlord has been working on the place for a couple of months and still does not have it rerented. We need to stay on the liability angle, it’s the only chance of getting anything done.

  5. David, you were able to find out the owner had insurance? We have a problem right now because the dog owner says he does not have insurance on his almost $200,000 house. Sounds fishy to me.

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